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...
 
Southern Solar
Location: Southern England and Wales
5% discounts offered on all solar thermal and solar pv systems to Soil Association members, to get your discount code, email your Soil Association membership number to organicconnect@soilassociation.org
 
The Organic Farm Shop at Abbey Home Farm
Soil Association symbolLocation: Cirencester
Visit The Organic Farm Shop (100% organic food) and enjoy a free organic cappuccino or tea in the award winning café, overlooking the vegetable garden and laying hens. (Offer valid for one visit only).
 
The Natural Way
Location: Braintree and Bishop's Stortford, Essex and Online
10% discount on the organic goods in your basket in the online shop, to get your online discount code, email your Soil Association membership number to organicconnect@soilassociation.org. 10% discount when you spend £15 or more on organic products in-store on production of your membership card.
 
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Tackling Food Waste in Sussex - The Fruit Factory

Tristram Stuart: You and I have something in common. Food. Getting together to cook, share a meal, and swap stories is something we can all relate to. On the flip side of this we instinctively know there’s something bad about wasting food. That’s why I wanted to write about Brighton Permaculture Trust’s crowdfunding appeal to finish the building of a straw bale Fruit Factory - saving unwanted local fruit from waste and turning it into delicious produce for the community.

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