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...
 
Dig Good Food
Location: Altrincham, Cheshire
Dig Good Food are an organic food delivery service for Manchester offering Soil Association members 10% discount on their first order. Quote ‘Soil Association’ in the online order form.
 
4 Living Organic Mattresses
Location: Nr Polegate, East Sussex
4Living is delighted to offer Soil Association members 10% off plus free delivery on its entire range of organic mattresses, pillows and bed linen. Enter discount code SOILAS10 at the online checkout or telephone 0800 756 5199.
 
The Cartshed
Soil Association symbolLocation: Osmington, Weymouth
10% off the cost of off-peak bookings. Contact via email stating “Organic Connect Discount”.
 
Latest blog

Organic vs conventional and what fish has in common with organic whole milk

Marianne Landzettel: A widely reported study published in the July edition of the British Journal of Nutrition found that there is a difference between organic and non-organic fruit, veg and cereal crops. Organic produce has a higher concentration in antioxidants and less cadmium, nitrate, nitrite and pesticide residue. In other words: more good stuff and less of the bad.

12 August 2014 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 0