Celebrate Organic September with our simple tips to help you shop and dine more sustainably
Look out for the Soil Association logo on anything labelled organic, which means that at least 95% of the product’s ingredients come from organically produced plants or animals. Not sure where to start? Stock up on organic meat, dairy, cupboard essentials and even things like soap and hand wash at Daylesford, an award-winning organic farm shop which brings the taste of the countryside to SW1.
Small changes can also make a big difference. Next time you pop into Pret, don’t forget your reusable cup, or why not pick one up from independent barista Coffee Geek and Friends, where you’ll receive a free drink with every purchase.
Another champion of the reusable coffee cup scheme is Pure, who will knock off 50p when you bring your reusable cup in-store. In fact, as its name suggests, everything about Pure is good and virtuous, right down to the fact they power their stores through 100% renewable energy sources.
Need something a little stronger than coffee? Treat yourself to an after-work tipple at Vagabond, where you can find all kinds of niche, natural and family-owned labels such as Basile organic winery, sold exclusively at Vagabond.
Make your next G&T an organic one by opting for indie label Brighton Gin next time you pull up a pew at The Goring Hotel’s lavish bar. This seaside-based and inspired blend is made from 100 per cent organic grain spirit and locally-grown coriander seed.
Feeling peckish? Eschew your usual packet of supermarket crisps for something a little different and a lot healthier at Sourced Market. Not only will you be supporting small-time independent businesses but you’ll also have your pick of organic and ethically-produced fare ranging from tea to preserves, craft beer to marshmallows.
We all want to make an effort to be more conscious of what’s on our plate (and how it got there) – and one way to eat guilt-free is at M Victoria St. Executive chef Mike Reid has made it his mission to source the very best quality ingredients from ethical suppliers including ike jime seafood (a humane fishing method) and the highest grade Wagyu and Kobe beef.
Similarly, Hawaiian-inspired eatery Ahi Poké makes its delicious poke bowls using responsibly sourced and sustainably caught fish and uses biodegradable packaging where possible.
Refresh your make-up bag as well as your kitchen cupboards with a splurge at Space.NK. where you can discover organic superstars such as Chantecaille, Ilia Beauty and WelleCo.