BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 06 Sept '19

Five simple switches that will help set you up for September, plus our new My Green Pod Heroes!

This article first appeared in our Restoration Revolution issue of MyGreenPod Magazine, distributed with The Guardian on 06 Sept 2019. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

There’s a sustainable alternative to just about anything, and these five ethical products and services are simple switches that would make a big difference – and could save you some cash along the way.

1. Natural cleaning

Ditch the toxic household cleaning products and bring all the benefits of active botanicals into your home with the Tincture Starter Set.

2. Save your skin

Your skin absorbs what you put on it, so make sure you use natural products. To make it easier, all Weleda personal care products have been certified natural by NATRUE. Try Skin Food – it’s a real wonder balm.

3. Get green energy

Switch your home to a renewable energy supply from Octopus Energy. As well as sleeping better at night, you’ll almost certainly be rewarded with cheaper energy bills.

4. Clean your hair

But use organic products! Tabitha James Kraan Clean Shampoo is certified organic and packaged in 100% post-consumer plastic that is fully recyclable. It has no synthetic ingredients and uses a truly natural preservative system.

5. Buy organic dairy

As ice cream season descends, make sure your dairy products are from farms with excellent animal welfare standards. Yeo Valley products are ‘100% Yeoganic’ – organic and then some. Try the Vanilla Ice Cream.

Top 5 September Switches

Our new Heroes

These superstar products and services are ethical alternatives from companies that are doing things differently. You may not have heard of all these green pearls, as they’re from companies that don’t necessarily spend their profits on mass advertising or negotiating the cut-rate bulk deals that would get them onto supermarket shelves.

We think that if you don’t know the real options, you don’t really get to choose. Click here to view our full range of MyGreenPod Hero products and services, in sectors ranging from money and energy to health and beauty.

UNOA ORGANIC T-SHIRT

The Alecta Slub T-shirt from leisure and active wear brand Unoa Clothing is made from 100% organic cotton, certified by GOTS and OEKO-TEX. Available in six colours, it’s a must-have basic for every slow-fashionista.

CHARLIE & CO NATURALS DOG SHAMPOO

This natural formula is great for calming sensitive canine skin and preventing irritation and damage. Cleansing and naturally moisturising, Charlie & Co Naturals Soothing Dog Shampoo leaves the coat looking healthy and shiny. The bottle is made from sugarcane.

Heroes of the Season, winter 2018

MEADOW IN MY GARDEN ACT AGAINST APHIDS

Attract beneficial insects and draw pests away from the veg garden with Meadow In My Garden’s Act Against Aphids. The seed mixture, which contains annual, perennial and biennial species, is designed to restore ecological balance.

EVISION ELECTRIC VEHICLE HIRE

The UK’s first and award-winning all-electric self-drive vehicle hire company has a fleet of vehicles that exclusively comprises the multi-award winning Tesla S, 3 and X models, BMW i3, Renault ZOE, Audi e-tron and the ground-breaking Jaguar I-PACE. All EVision vehicles are charged on site using solar panels, providing truly green motoring. You can hire by the day, week, month or longer – or even try a driving experience.

KIT & KIN BABY WIPES
These 99% water, 100% plant-based towels are made from sustainably sourced fibres that fully biodegrade. Every purchase of Kit & Kin Baby Wipes supports the World Land Trust.

THE CONSCIOUS PARENT COMPANY
Find products that are kind to your children and the environment – like this zero-waste organic bamboo toothbrush – on The Conscious Parent Company, a small website with big ideas.

HUSKUP COFFEE CUPS
The Huskup is a reusable coffee cup made from rice husk, not plastic – and it’s now available in a barista-friendly size! The 8oz cup is great for Americanos, flat whites, macchiatos, teas and all things in between.

BLUE GOOSE ECO COFFEE PODS
Experience barista-quality coffees in the comfort of your own home! Made from waste wood bark from the paper industry, these certified plastic-free eco coffee pods for Nespresso® machines are filled with single-origin speciality coffee.