Buy organic

The Soil Association believes that our current energy-intensive consumption habits are unsustainable, in the face of depleting energy, oil and water supplies and the UK's commitment to cut our climate change emissions 80% by 2050. There is no magic bullet to tackle the challenges that face us, but the buying decisions we make every day are a simple but powerful form of direct action.

There are lots of things that you can do as an individual or as part of a community, to help to reduce part of the environmental impact of your food and to support your local food economy. Shopping at farmers' markets, buying direct from producers via box schemes or joining a community supported agriculture scheme for example are all great ways of driving change through your buying decisions.

While many of us associate organic with food, there is also a growing market in organic textiles and health and beauty products. Because organic describes the underlying system of agricultural production buying organic products helps to support the climate-friendly farming that is going to be so important as we face up to the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

You can find information in this section on finding a local box scheme or farmers market and discover more about organic textiles and health and beauty products. And for those of us who worry about the extra cost of buying organic we've got a guide to buying organic on a budget or setting up an organic buying group to help you save money.

Membership offers

Join us and benefit from a number of special offers put together just for Soil Association members...
 
Cream o' Galloway
Soil Association symbolLocation: Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas
Show your SA membership card to claim a free farm tour including luxury ice cream. Tours start at 2.45pm daily and places must be booked in advance.
 
Greenfibres
Soil Association symbolLocation: Totnes, Devon and Online
Fluffy and absorbent, Soil Association certified undyed organic cotton towels will bring a smile to your face and a clean conscience to your bathroom. Quote SA20 and receive 20% off. Available online, by phone or in the shop in Totnes.
 
Ragmans Lane Farm
Soil Association symbolLocation: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
25% off all mid-week bunkhouse bookings. Discounted midweek stays in the Cider Orchard Yurt £65 per night (minimum of two nights). Complimentary apple juice for stays in the bunkhouse and complimentary organic breakfast pack for stays in the yurt. Quote ‘organic connect’ when booking.
 
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Making good food even better

Liz Earle: The Organic Awards are such an important way to shine the spotlight of success on those committed to making good food even better. As a long-time supporter of both the Soil Association and the principles of organic, sustainable food production, helping to judge these awards has been a way for me to show my appreciation for all these brilliant farmers, growers and good-food brands.

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