BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 04 May '18

Five simple switches to put a spring in your step, plus our MyGreenPod Heroes of the Season

This article first appeared in our spring ’18 issue of MyGreenPod Magazine, The Conscious Revolution, distributed with the Guardian on 04 May 2018. 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. Green cleaning

Clean out toxic cleaning products before you spring clean your home. The cleaning prowess of Green Goddess products is boosted by mood-enhancing essential oils.

2. Ethical banking

Put your money where your heart is with a Triodos Bank ethical savings account. Your money will only be used to support good causes that are making a positive impact.

3. 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. Nourish your skin

Detox your beauty regime and switch to certified natural or organic products. To make life easy, Weleda’s entire range of natural and organic cosmetics – including the iconic Skin Food – is NATRUE certified.

5. Plastic-free periods

Around 90% of a sanitary towel is plastic, which ends up in landfill, rivers or oceans. Opt for plastic-free periods by switching your family to washable cloth pads from Eco Femme.

Top 5 Spring Switches

Heroes of the season

We’ve hand-picked this selection of MyGreenPod Heroes to show you that conscious shopping doesn’t need to mean compromising on quality or luxury.

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.

Heroes of the Season, winter 2018

YEO VALLEY VANILLA ICE CREAM

If you eat dairy, make sure it’s the best there is and that you buy from farmers who care for their cows. Yeo Valley’s Vanilla Ice Cream is ‘100% Yeorganic’ – organic and then some. The company goes the extra country mile to look after its land, animals and people. This ice cream combines vanilla from Madagascar with organic British cream from Yeo Valley family farm.

MADAL BAL NATURAL TREE SYRUP

Madal Bal is the essential ingredient for making the ‘fasting support drink’ for programmes like the Lemon Detox and Master Cleanse. Mixed with lemon juice, water and a pinch of cayenne pepper, the drink can also be used on 5:2 or other intermittent fasting programmes. The drink provides the body with essential energy and nutrients in liquid form.

INCOGNITO SUNCREAM & INSECT REPELLENT

This is a revolutionary tri-action suncream, moisturiser and insect repellent. With broad spectrum SPF30 protection against both UVA and UVB rays, the non-greasy incognito Suncream & Insect Repellent lotion protects the skin against sun damage and ageing. Simultaneously, it provides a camouflage from biting insects! It’s packed full of natural and organic goodness; the active ingredient is PMD.

Click here for your chance to win an incognito Gift Box worth £100!

SEEDBALL

Now anyone can grow bee- and butterfly-friendly wildflowers! Created by conservation scientists, Seedballs contain clay and peat-free compost, which protect the native wildflower seeds inside. There’s also a dash of chilli powder to deter slugs and snails. No digging or gardening expertise required – simply scatter on top of soil or compost. With rain and sun the seeds will begin to sprout from the top.

SHUI ME REED DIFFUSERS

Shui Me’s luxury reed diffusers are made from 100% organic essential oils; they contain only natural ingredients and no alcohol, additives or synthetic fragrances. Once infused into your living space, their natural aromas will help to support your wellbeing – which is where the art of aromatherapy meets the harmonising intentions of feng shui. Choose from three therapeutic fragrances: Relax, Purity or Uplift.

Click here for your chance to win the full range of three a Shui Me reed diffusers!

WOWO CAMPSITE

Wowo Campsite, in Wapsbourne in the heart of Sussex, offers family camping at its best. Your own crackling campfire will keep you warm after you’ve cooked dinner and the sun’s gone down, and there are lots of glamping options if you want a more luxurious stay. Wowo believes the great outdoors are healing and educational, and hosts a huge range of workshops to make your stay extra fun – whatever your age.