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.
Organic on a budget
Buy from farmers
Health and beauty
For more information http://www.soilassociation.org