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...
 
Wowo Campsite
Soil Association symbolLocation: Uckfield, East Sussex
To each Soil Association member that would like to come camping, we shall give two free crates of wood worth £10. Please book via our website and write in the additional requests field: "Soil Association offer for two crates of free wood please". We will issue you with wood tokens when you check into reception.
 
Wayside Organics
Soil Association symbolLocation: Oving, Chichester
Wayside Organics are offering 10% off Friday farm gate sales on production of Soil Association membership card.
 
Alfa Flannel
Organic cotton baby bibs, muslins, towels and flannels - personalised just for you. We embroider to order and specialise in one-off requests. Use discount code SAM at the online checkout for 10% off.
 
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Going the extra mile...

Lynda Brown: As part of my Trustee induction, a few weeks ago found me at an organic dairy getting up close and personal with Soil Association Certification inspection procedures with one of our senior inspectors. Like many consumers who regularly buy organic food, I've often wondered exactly what goes on and how certification officers ensure that their licensees are doing what they are supposed to be doing.

21 July 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0