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Top 5 summer switches 2020

Five simple switches that will set you up for a sustainable summer, plus our My Green Pod Heroes of the Season
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
My Green Pod Heroes, July 2020

This article first appeared in our summer ’20 issue of My Green Pod Magazine, The Health Revolution, distributed with the Guardian on 24 July 2020. 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. Start at home

With a ‘Kitchen Passport’ from The Used Kitchen Company, you can help to ensure your kitchen is used and loved again – instead of ending up in landfill.

2. Go natural

Weleda Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash is 100% certified natural, and part of Weleda’s award-winning baby care range. It’s also great for bigger kids and adults – helping you cut down on the number of products you need (and the waste you generate) at home.

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. Go ‘Yeorganic’

If dairy features in your diet, make sure it’s the best you can get. Yeo Valley is ‘100% Yeorganic’ – organic and then some. Try the Vanilla Ice Cream – it’s indulgent and goes with just about anything.

5. Look after your skin

Planning (or hoping) to get away this summer? Pack light with incognito 3-in-1 Suncream, Insect Repellent and Moisturiser. It’s as useful in the UK as is it is abroad!

Top 5 summer switches

Heroes of the season

Whether you want to enjoy the sunshine or start a new project, switching to these products and services will make a difference.

We’ve hand-picked this selection of My Green Pod Heroes to show you that conscious living 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 My Green Pod Hero products and services, in sectors ranging from Money and Energy to Health and Beauty.


Accountancy and tax expertise for ethical businesses, focusing on people, planet and profit.

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Harness the power of the wind to sail between the stunning Ionian Islands scattered off the coastline of Greece. With Nisos you’ll stop for lunch and a swim in the most incredible crystal waters, before sailing on to a different village every night.

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Wave goodbye to plastic and say hello to LUX’s reusable, organic, vegan period undies!

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With the UK’s first award-winning all-electric self-drive vehicle hire company, you can hire an electric vehicle for a long or short term.

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Enjoy the everyday luxury of a Fairtrade, organic cotton bedding set.

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Click here to view the full collection of My Green Pod Hero products and services.

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