Has the current Soil Association campaign ‘Organic Your September‘ piqued your interest? Here’s what you need to know:
Why choose organic?
The Soil Association has all the answers, here’s a list of the main reasons:
- It’s naturally different – Studies show higher levels of some nutrients and lower levels of pesticides and chemical residues in food.
- Know what your eating – GM ingredients, hydrogenated fats and some artificial colours and preservatives are banned under organic standards.
- Combat climate change – Organic farming offers the best currently available, practical model for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.
- Protect British Wildlife – Organic farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds, butterflies. There is up to 50% more wildlife than on non-organic farms.
- Reduce exposure to pesticides – The best way is to buy organic as they will contain overall fewer pesticides.
The future of the organic market looks healthy with a 4.9% increase this year, the third consecutive year of growth.
How to go Organic
We all have to stick to a budget and deciding to go organic has to be affordable. Here are a few ideas to help increase your organic purchasing without breaking the purse strings!
- Organic box schemes like Riverford Organic give a good choice of fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products, all at market prices.
- Budget supermarket chain Aldi is expanding it’s organic range whilst keeping the prices low.
- Look for accreditation, The Soil Association is the main accrediting body for organic products in the UK.
- Buy less meat; organic meat may be more expensive than cheap supermarket factory farmed meat, but it is better for us, better for the environment and much tastier too!
- Choose which products to buy. Here is a useful list of the so called ‘Dirty Dozen’ which are foods containing potentially higher levels of pesticides.
- Don’t forget about household cleaning and clothes washing. Our organic soapnut shells are both organic and wonderfully economic as they can be reused many times.
What better way to tell someone you care than to buy them a gift that is good for them, good for the environment and beautiful too? Our favourites include:
- Cardamom and Lavender Lip Balm made with 100% natural, protective and nutritive oils, butters and plant wax. Enhanced with organic soapnut extract, chickweed, calendula and marshmallow to create an anti-inflammatory, healing, softening and nourishing lip balm.
- Plan Toys Chicken Racer. Made from PlanWood, an innovative material made from sawdust waste blended with organic colour pigments, with rubber wood parts.
- Montezuma’s mini bar gift set. Six different flavours of delicious, treat-sized organic chocolate tied with green paper raffia ready for giving.
Organic All Year
We hope we’ve inspired you to ‘Organic Your September’ but also your October, November and on! You can visit the Green Tulip website to find out about all the ethical categories we work to and also check out our Pinterest page for lots of organic inspiration.