Organic September is a celebration for everything organic, highlighting the hard work and dedication that goes into growing whilst working with nature.
Organic September encourages you to think differently about how to be more sustainable with not just food, but clothing too!
Ways you can help
Organic Fashion and Textiles:
- When buying clothes, look for the organic logo - organic cotton is much better for the environment as it saves on water. This eliminates GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) and toxic hazardous pesticides along with providing better work for people.
- Look after your clothes – don’t just throw away old clothes, mend them by sewing holes rather than just getting rid. Double check you’re washing them correctly, and remember you can upcycle really worn out pieces.
- You could organise a clothes swap.
- Buy your clothes from charity shops and second hand retailers.
- Improve your habits – we are buying more and wearing less, and we need to reverse this trend.
- Tell the brands you love that you want more organic textiles.
How to get involved
The Soil Association have compiled a list of ways to join the organic movement.
There’s plenty you can do to get involved! Here’s our top 5:
- Get to know what organic really means - Learn about all the hard work it takes in order for something to carry the Soil Association organic symbol.
- Make one small swap to an organic cuppa - We drink around 100 million cups of tea and 95 million coffees a day in the UK. Think of the huge impact we could have together, if all of us made a small switch to organic for our daily brew.
- Get involved in campaigning for a greener future – You can take part in their Great Big Green Week this September to raise awareness of climate change and celebrate climate action in your area!
- Opt for organic – Choosing to support organic farmers and producers is one of the simplest forms of direct action you can take.
- Stand up for sustainable beauty – Make sure you’re supporting businesses that don’t test on animal or use controversial chemicals, parabens and phthalates, synthetic dyes or fragrances.
Why not have a look at the 30 ways to join the organic movement for a full list of things you could be doing.
Eating organic on a budget
Below you’ll find a list of tips to ensure your organic shop costs as little as possible:
- Look for supermarket own brands which are organic.
- Precision buy, at stores buy your fruit and veg loose, some small independent places you can take your own containers to fill up on things like spices, pasta etc.
- Eat seasonally, light on your wallet and reduces your carbon footprint as food doesn’t have to be shipped around the world.
- Less and better meat, this is good for the environment and your heath. How about trying different cuts of meat which are cheaper and more nutritional.
- Have you tried growing your own vegetables?
You can find more information and helpful tips on the Soil Association website.
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