BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 03 Aug '18

Five simple switches that will bring a bit more sunshine to your life, plus our MyGreenPod Heroes of the Season

This article first appeared in our summer ’18 issue of MyGreenPod Magazine, The Natural Revolution, distributed with the Guardian on 03 Aug 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. Get a plastic-free coffee cup

Make sure your reusable coffee cup isn’t adding to the plastics problem; Huskups are made from the humble rice husk, a renewable and biodegradable resource.

2. Switch to paper-free loo roll

The Cheeky Panda Bamboo Toilet Tissue is made from the world’s fastest-growing plant. It’s soft, strong, skin friendly and sustainable.

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. Go Yeoganic

If you eat dairy, make sure you’re getting it from the best source possible. All Yeo Valley’s products are ‘100% Yeoganic’ – organic and then some. Try the Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream.

Top 5 Summer 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.

ABACA ORGANIC MATTRESSES

Don’t lose sleep over what’s in your mattress. Welsh company Abaca handcrafts standard and custom-made natural latex and pocket sprung mattresses to meet your every need. Uniquely supportive and luxuriously comfortable, each mattress is certified organic by the Soil Association. All the materials are entirely natural and of the highest quality.

LANDPODS

A sleepover den, children’s playhouse or pop-up glamping solution – the possibilities are endless. The all-terrain adjustable legs and base mean Landpods can be placed anywhere, with no costly foundations required. You’ll also leave only footprints when you pack up and move on. Get closer to Nature without getting soggy!

Heroes of the Season, winter 2018

INCOGNITO INSECT REPELLENT SPRAY

This 100% natural spray will ward off biting insects without harming you or the environment. The active ingredient, PMD, is recommended for high-risk areas for mosquito-borne diseases. Certified COSMOS Natural, incognito insect repellent spray is even suitable for six-month-olds.

RUBYMOON GYM TO SWIM

RubyMoon turns waste into beautiful garments that have a low carbon footprint. It’s the first (and only) swim and active wear company to make positive environmental and social impacts, without compromising on look or quality. The Gym to Swim range does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s versatile enough for any gym bag – wherever you work out.

WILBY VROCSKIN CLUTCH

This gorgeous vegan clutch bag from Wilby is certified by PETA. It’s made in the UK from sustainable croc skin style cork ‘leather’, making it ultra lightweight. Suitable for formalwear or any occasion, with a deep compartment for storage.

GREEN ELEMENT SME PACKAGE

This low-cost SME Environmental Impact Assessment and Cost Savings Analysis from B Corp certified Green Element will help you boost profits by going green. The Small Business Package is aimed specifically at SMEs looking to reduce their carbon footprint

OBCO ORIGINAL BEARD BALM

One of the few vegan-friendly beard balms on the market, this beeswax-free beard balm will tame even the most unruly beards. Helps to prevent dry skin, flakiness and itchiness while also providing a light, non-greasy hold. Moisturises your beard and the skin underneath it.

WHERE DID IT COME FROM? ETHICAL SCARF

Ethical and fully traceable scarves made from 100% handwoven khadi cotton. Large and versatile, it comes in a wide range of colours and designs. A code on the label lets you trace each Where Does it Come From? garment right back to the farm that grew the cotton.

PO-ZU UNISEX BUTTERFLY SNEAKER

This unisex vegan lace-up sneaker from ethic footwear company Po-Zu is made in Sri Lanka, with an organic cotton upper and locally sourced Fair Trade Rubber sole. Lightweight and breathable, the Butterfly is perfect for summer.