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...
 
Merricks Organic Farm
Soil Association symbolLocation: Langport, Somerset
Enjoy a home made cake with our compliments and a 10% discount in our farm shop when you book a stay in our holiday cottage.
 
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)
 
Souk Souk Little Green Beauty Box
Soil Association members get 10% off the 3 month subscription package (included P&P), enter code 'special3' at the online checkout. Plus, get 100 SoukSouk Seeds free when you set up your account (SoukSouk Seeds are redeemable against a free sample product (200 Seeds) or a whole box (1000 Seeds).
 
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Lynda Brown: Christmas is the one time that everyone focuses on and celebrates food, both for its symbolic importance but also as one of the last bastions of the joy sharing a special meal: it really does bring out the best in us, and to bask in that after glow of conviviality is all the proof one ever needs that food is crucial to our well-being. As we are already painfully aware, the food industry goes into festive overdrive: Christmas is gigantic business, and the more festive the food looks and 'luxurious' it sounds, the more we seem prepared to pay for it.

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