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...
 
Embercombe - beekeeping course
Location: Exeter, Devon
Natural Beekeeping Courses at Organic Sustainability centre in Devon. For Soil Association members, every course booking gets a free Embercombe music CD, and 10% off beehive orders.
 
Wild and Free ltd
Soil Association symbolLocation: Rugby, Warwickshire
Soil Association members get a 10% discount when ordering goods online (please note that a delivery charge of £4.95 on orders over £20 is applied) the delivery charge is waived if the order is in excess of £50.
 
Jones and Garratt
Soil Association symbolLocation: Egerton, Ashford
10% discount for Soil Association members.
 
Latest blog

Seasonal thoughts – why cheap food is costing us dearly

Marianne Landzettel: Sunday supplements are brimming with recipe ideas for festive dinners, supermarket shelves are stacked high with seasonal favourites and tempting offers like 3 for 2 deals. Combine this with the steady stream of worrying news about the world economy being on the precipice of another downturn and it is clear why there’s a demand for cheap food. But while we enjoy getting more for less, maybe it’s also time to ask who ultimately pays for cheap food? The answer is: we all do, though not at the supermarket till.

24 November 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 3

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