Living in a yurt poses unique challenges and takes a certain conviction that you, as a person, make a difference in the world, and that your choices have meaning. Being more mindful of the environment is one side of yurt dwelling that is fairly obvious. Similarly, for many, making the transition to buying organic is an obvious choice.
Changing in your diet embraces being more mindful of what you are putting in your body and consciously avoiding chemicals. Likewise, living in a yurt embraces a more mindful approach to how we interact with the environment and how your housing choices impact future generations.
A recent article in Prevention Magazine listed the top ten reasons for going organic:
- To avoid chemicals
- Benefit from more nutrients
- Enjoy better taste
- Avoid GMOs
- Avoid hormones, antibiotics and drugs in animal products
- Preserve our ecosystem
- Reduce pollution and protect water and soil
- Preserve agricultural diversity
- Support farming directly, especially local farming
- Keep future generations safe (and healthy!)
Sustainable living, leaving a smaller stamp or imprint behind, offsetting your carbon footprint, and increasing your ecological stewardship are just a few reasons to live in a yurt. These same qualities can be found in reasons to go organic. Toxicity levels and potential health concerns are probably the #1 reason to switch to or begin buying organic foods. Toxicity levels in newly manufactured homes as well as older homes with leaner practices often make homeowners sick. Carpet, cabinets, paint – even man-made hardwood flooring emit VOCs that can affect people. Rainier Yurts are built without formaldehyde and irritating VOCs.
Some complain that organic food costs more, or that there is no guarantee that it is chemical free. It seems to me that the companies producing organic food do so for the same reasons you want to buy it – it’s better for everyone. It costs more because the process to bring the food to market is less easily obtained. Just like organic food, Rainier Yurts are a different option which are hand-hewn, built one at a time by craftsmen who care! Our yurts are made with the best quality Douglas Fir and each piece is hand rubbed on each side with natural verde oil. The Army Duck natural cotton canvas interiors in the Eagle naturally wicks moisture. Several chemical sensitive people and families live in a Rainier Yurt for the chemical free environment.
We get it, organic food isn’t for everyone and if you’re just shopping around, you may decide that the quality of a Rainier Yurt isn’t what you’re looking for. But as we know from time-proven mishaps and decisions: you get what you pay for — and then some. Paying more to avoid chemicals in your food just seems logical, as does paying more to get the best yurt structure on the market that is chemically friendly. It’s all about choices.