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...
 
Rhug Organic Estate
Soil Association symbolLocation: Corwen, Denbighshire
Rhug Organic Estate is offering a 10% discount upon production of the Soil Association membership card on all products at its award winning farm shop.
 
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).
 
Orchard Farmhouse Organic Bed and Breakfast
Soil Association symbolLocation: Hazelbury Bryan, Sturminster Newton
For Soil Association members: Free organic tea (big selection of teas and infusions) and home made cake on arrival. Please mention Organic Connect when booking so we have cakes ready. Plus if you stay three nights then the third night is half price - offer valid till 31 Dec 2012.
 
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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.

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