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...
 
Growing with Grace
Soil Association symbolLocation: Clapham, Lancaster
£1 off your first veg or fruit box, or 10% off purchases in the shop. Email your Soil Association membership number to organicconnect@soilassociation.org to get your discount code. One offer per household.
 
The Duke of Cambridge Organic Pub
Soil Association symbolLocation: London
We are offering Soil Association members a 2 for 1 lunch offer Monday to Friday, 12.30 to 5pm and, at any time, a discounted signed copy of Geetie’s Cookbook, the pub’s collection of recipes. Present your membership card to claim either offer.
 
Walnut Tree Farm Bunkhouse and Campsite
Soil Association certifiedLocation: Winford, Bristol
Soil Association members get free logs for a camp fire when they stay at Walnut Tree Farm.
 
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Soil and the power of poo

Marianne Landzettel: ‘Give me five more minutes’ signals Gualu Goud as he’s standing on top of one of his five compost heaps working the top layer with a hoe. I met Gualu earlier this month in a village in the eastern Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa). He’s been a cotton farmer for most of his life. Things were ok until about 10 years ago when yields started to drop even though he used increasing amounts of expensive chemical fertilisers. And looking at his soil he felt really bad, there was no life in it, he says.

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