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There’s been a lot of talk about organic e-liquid. A lot of vapers have requested 100% VG e-liquid from us which we don’t stock a lot of. Here we do a little investigating into what the real benefits are.
In this article I will have a quick stab at understanding what organic e-liquid really is and whether it’s better for you or even possible to produce such a product.
What does it mean for e-liquid to be organic?
When you think of the word organic you immediately think of rolling hills full of free roaming cows or vegetable patches tended to with love and care by old men in allotments. You go to the supermarket and its 50 pence extra for organic broccoli. Generally speaking, organic is not something you think of when you look for e-liquid.
If we really picked away at the concept and reality of or organics we would see that everything comes from the planet therefore everything is organic. If laboratory produced strawberry flavouring is made up of the exact same elements as the flavour from strawberries harvested from the old man’s veg patch then is not the lab produced strawberry flavour organic?
The strawberries taste like strawberry.
It’s this grey area that the concept of organic e-liquid exploits. I don’t think for one minute that the fruit flavourings in organic e-liquids are extracted from organically produced fruits. Imagine the process you would have to go through and the waste it would generate just to extract the flavour from, for example an organic strawberry.
Much simpler to just buy strawberry flavour ‘lab made’ in bulk – which incidentally contains at least 50 different chemicals to produce. So if we agree that our original strawberry flavouring is not organic (in the generally accepted way organic produce is grown) then there’s no way again how these organic e-liquids really could be organic in the way we understand organics.
Using the language of organics.
One company called Vape Green has capitalised on this niche area of ignorance. It’s important to note that the colour green has absolutely nothing to do with organic produce but has become co-opted by marketing companies as a means of communication. After all, organic carrots or cows are not green are they?
Organic being green is the language of semiotics but that’s a much bigger discussion than we’re having here. The point is that ‘vaping green’ means absolutely nothing in reality. There is nothing remotely green used in the process of creating the e-liquids.
Even if the nicotine used is extracted from organic tobacco plants, (which would be extremely costly but nevertheless does happen) there would still be no green involved. As far as we’re aware the tobacco plant is dried out and cured first which turns it brown. Not only that, extracting nicotine from tobacco involves a myriad of chemicals such as petroleum or the more refined ether.
But it’s 100% vegetable glycerin.
Ok so I’m pretty sure we’ve established that there’s no such thing as organic flavourings in e-liquid. So the next question is – where does the vegetable glycerine come from? Firstly it would have to come from organically grown produce. Vegetable glycerine is generally harvested from coconut or sustainable palm. Although possible, I generally doubt that the plants it is harvested from are ‘grown organically’ as we understand the term.
Whilst I appreciate that there is some grey area around PG/VG ratios being less toxic when weighted towards VG, the fact that an e-liquid is 100% VG doesn’t mean that it is organic and neither does it mean it is better for you as we don’t have the science to back up any claims. It may have the vegetable in the name but in no way does that automatically mean it’s better for you when vapourised and inhaled.
Whilst definitely possible, I very much doubt any of the organic e-liquid available here in the UK or produced elsewhere are actually organic. No doubt this concern will be addressed in the new EU laws introduced later this year.
As for the juices currently available being better for you than other high quality e-liquids the jury’s definitely out and will be out for some time to come.
In no way is this article accusing Vape Green or any other company of not selling truly organic e-liquids.