Promoting ethical children's clothes and toys - Organic Foods September

It’s National Organic Month, and here’s a few tips to help you ORGANIC YOUR SEPTEMBER for little cost!

1. LOOK OUT FOR ORGANIC IN YOUR LOCAL SUPERMARKET
Lots of local supermarkets have their own organic ranges which you can pick up for affordable prices!

2. PRECISION BUY
Loads of food gets wasted, especially when bought in multi-packs. Precision-buying is like the opposite to bulk-buying – you buy as many loose items as you need, when you need them. You can precision buy easily in zero-waste shops (where you can also bring your own containers to fill – less food waste AND less single-use plastics) or local green grocers.

3. EAT SEASONALLY
Importing out-of-season fruit and veg uses up a lot of energy, the costs of which are reflected in their price tags. Eating with the seasons is a great way to keep the costs down while maintaining an organic diet, and it also gives you the opportunity to switch things up as the year goes by.
What’s seasonal right now? [1] Out with the peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and raspberries, and in with the pears, figs, and plums. The last of the broad beans and cucumbers are being harvested, while the courgette will be around until October. The peak season for lots of veg is arriving now: broccoli, cauliflower, celeriac, kale, leeks, artichokes, pumpkin, and butternut squash.

4. BOX SCHEMES
An effortless way to get a variety of organic foods delivered to your door is to sign up to a box scheme. Organic farmers offer delivery schemes across the UK, from fruit and veg to eggs, meat, herbs, and honey. Check out the Soil Association’s website to find a box scheme near you (link at the end of the post)!

5. LESS/BETTER MEAT
Reducing the quantity and improving the quality of the meat we eat can both have a positive impact, not just on the environment but on our health. Although organic meat can cost more, eating less of the better quality stuff is better for you, and you’ll be supporting higher standards of animal welfare too.

6. GROW YOUR OWN
Growing your own can save money and planting herbs and fruit is a great way to spent time with the kids too! Things that are easily grown at home include: mint, beans, tomatoes, and strawberries.

[1] Soil Association – Organic Living > Seasonal Food
[2] Soil Association – Organic Living > Buy Organic > Find an Organic Box Scheme – https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/buy-organic/find-an-organic-box-scheme/

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