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...
 
The Natural Way
Location: Braintree and Bishop's Stortford, Essex and Online
10% discount on all the organic goods in your basket when you shop online at www.simplyhealthfood.co.uk (enter discount code: organic10) and 10% discount in-store when you spend £15 or more on organic products (on production of your membership card)
 
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
 
Growing with Grace
Soil Association symbolLocation: Clapham, Lancaster
We will offer £1 off your first veg or fruit box, or 10% off purchases in the shop. You can collect this by providing voucher code OrgS50000. One offer per household.
 
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.

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