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. The UK organic market is now in its fifth year of strong growth and worth £2.09 billion. Total sales of organic increased by 7.1% in 2016!
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!
- Budget supermarket chains are expanding their organic ranges, whilst keeping the prices low.
- Organic box schemes like Riverford Organic give a good choice of fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products, all at market prices.
- Look for accreditation, The Soil Association is the main accrediting body for organic products in the UK. Have a look at their website to see what their organic criteria are.
- 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!
- Try swapping to organic on as many products as you can – and prioritise those that you choose. Here is a useful list of the so called ‘Dirty Dozen’ which are foods containing potentially higher levels of pesticides.
- Keeping your food alive! Once you have bought your organic produce – do also consider using a beeswax wrap to help store and keep your food fresh. Beeswax wrap is reusable and makes an excellent alternative to plastic film wrap.
- 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:
- Dark Chocolate Organic Lip Balm made with 100% natural, protective and nutritive oils, butters and plant wax. Containing protective and nutritive oils, butters and plant wax, enhanced with organic soapnut extract, chickweed, calendula and marshmallow – A handy little tin of organic chocolate for your lips!
- ‘Organic Surge’ this range offers great value, natural skin care products made from nourishing ingredients and fragrant organic essential oils and are 100% free of harsh chemicals. The Clove, Orange & Geranium Foaming Bath contains sensual patchouli and spicy clove-bud, which help to de-stress and revive the body and mind, while natural aloe vera soothes the skin – And it smells amazing!
- And for the little ones…This adorable Organic Cotton Octopus Rattle is the perfect size for little hands to shake! He looks very cool with his green, pink and blue pastel stripes and large googly eyes, and has eight legs which are perfect to grab hold of to chew on!
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.