This coming Monday marks the start of Organic September, a whole month dedicated to organic produce, from food and drink, to beauty products and clothing.
Every year, the Soil Association organises a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of buying organic and the positive impact it has on sustainable food, animal welfare, the environment and the economy. Last year, the theme for the month was ‘Small Changes, Big Difference’, and it has been reported that sales of organic food increased by 9% during this time. It is because of this success that the Soil Association is again encouraging people to make one small change for the month of September.
Helen Browning, Soil Association Chief Executive said: “If everyone makes a small change, like switching to organic milk or choosing an organic moisturiser, we can make big strides towards a healthier world. By choosing organic, you help protect wildlife and make sure we have more bees and pollinators to support biodiversity, while choosing an organic beauty product or an organic t-shirt will not only give you peace of mind that what you’re putting on your skin is better for you but also that it’s caring for the people in developing countries, who are producing cotton and herbs.
“It might not seem like these simple changes could make that much difference – but together, everyone’s small changes can add up to a really big difference for a kinder, green and better food and farming system.”
In addition to making a change, whether it’s buying organic honey and wearing organic cotton clothing, events will be taking place across the country. You can vote for your favourite organic products in the 2014 Organic Awards, with categories ranging from food and drink and eating out, to skincare and clothing, or take part in Organic Beauty Week, starting 8th September, or Organic Fashion and Textiles Week, which takes place from 12th to 16th September.
Plus, the Soil Association are giving away a year’s supply of electricity from Good Energy, the supporters of Organic September 2014. All you have to do is tell the Soil Association what organic products you’ve bought this month. More information about this is available on their website.
Here in Lincolnshire, we have an abundance of organic farmers and farm shops selling organic produce, and many of the area’s spas and salons choose to use organic products too. If you’re interested in experience organic, or would like more information on living an organic lifestyle, this is the month to find out more and give it a try.