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...
Spiezia Organics
Soil Association certifiedSpiezia creates a range of luxury organic products suitable for all from birth onwards - all certified by the Soil Association. Soil Association members get a 10% discount. To get your online discount code email with your membership number. 
Tapa Organic
Soil Association symbolLocation: Glasgow
10% off total bill for evening meals in the café when you show your Soil Association membership card.
Whitmuir the Organic Place
Soil Association symbolLocation: West Linton, nr Edinburgh
Loyalty card for free tea/coffee, welcome £5 voucher to spend in restaurant when you open an account, home delivery and reduced event rates for account holders plus free farm walks.
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10 ways to eat organic on a budget

Tom Hunt: With a little shopping knowhow we can all buy more organic produce - here are 10 ways to eat organic on a budget. From eating less meat to buying in bulk - find out the tricks to getting more from your money.

03 March 2015 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 1