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...
 
Neal's Yard Remedies Edinburgh
Soil Association symbolLocation: Edinburgh
£5 off first treatment session, quoting ‘Soil Association offer’. Therapies include massage, reflexology, reiki, aromatherapy, Neal’s Yard facials and many more.
 
Rawr Chocolate
Soil Association symbolLocation: Cambridge and Online
15% off your first online order or buy 4 bars and get the 5th free at Cambridge Farmers' Outlet on Lensfield Road. Visit www.rawrchoc.com/soil-association
 
Alara Wholefoods
Soil Association certifiedBuy one product, and get 7 other Alara cereals to try! Place an order through our website, then email admin@alara.co.uk with your name, address and quote ORGANICCONNECT12 to be granted a free 7-day sample pack on top of your order! Great way to stay healthy and discover new favourite breakfasts, so start your day the organic way.
 
Latest blog

Organic Market Report: what can we glean?

Lynda Brown: As most people know, the new Organic Market Report is a corker (a fascinating read, nicely presented, and lots of feel good stats). Despite a dreadful recession - which all sectors of the food and farming industry have battled with and suffered from - and supposedly against all the odds, the organic market is back in growth. Frankly, it's looking buoyant, good-to-go, and fighting fit. Moreover the trend is global and includes textiles and health & beauty products too.

15 April 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0