BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 22 Feb '19

Five simple switches that will set you up for a new start in spring, plus our MyGreenPod Heroes of the Season

This article first appeared in our winter ’19 issue of MyGreenPod Magazine, The Love Revolution, distributed with the Guardian on 22 February 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. Sleep easy

When you need a new mattress, replace it with an organic one. Abaca mattresses are handmade in Wales and come in all sizes.

2. Get more from your solar

If you generate solar energy, unlock its full potential (and cut down your power bills) with a Moixa Smart Battery. It will store the energy until you need it.

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. Detox your beauty regime

Switch to certified natural or organic products. To make life easy, Weleda’s entire range of natural and organic cosmetics is NATRUE certified. Try Skin Food, it’s a real wonder balm.

5. Buy organic dairy

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 Strawberry Yogurt.

Top 5 winter Switches

Heroes of the season

Valentine’s Day may have been and gone, but don’t stop choosing products made with love that will make you feel great.

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.

TIDEFORD ORGANICS BEETROOT + CURLY KALE SOUP WITH QUINOA

Healthy eating has never been easier – or tastier! This soup is organic, vegan and gluten free, with no added sugar. It’s low in fat and high in filling fibre.

ROSEWOOD FARM ALL WEEK DEXTER BEEF BOX

If you eat beef, this is the ethical way to buy it. Rosewood Farm beef is a by-product of organically managed conservation grazing. Delivered straight to your door, this box contains a range of cuts from the whole animal.

Heroes of the Season, winter 2018

BIGBARN LOCAL FOOD MAP

This virtual farmers’ market has been described as ‘the Amazon of local food’. It reconnects you with your local farmers, producers and retailers, and encourages trade and communication. Shopping this way brings huge social benefits, and means better, fresher food for you.

ZOLA AMOUR ORGANIC COTTON PONCHO

Made out of GOTS certified organic cotton fleece – and even stitched in GOTS certified organic cotton thread – this poncho is chic and stylish on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside (330 GSM brushed back organic cotton fleece fluffy!). It’s so easy to style that it’s the perfect winter companion – though you’ll want to wear it all year round. Handmade ethically and with love in the UK.

THE ROSE TREE INTENSIVE BALM

Suitable for all skin types, this balm has won more awards than you could shake a rose tree at – and its efficacy is all down to the wonders of the natural ingredients inside. The luxurious butter contains organic marshmallow root oil to hydrate and soften dull skin, while helping to maintain balance.

WUKA PERIOD PANTS

Say hello to plastic-free periods! These pants – ‘the world’s most comfortable, hygienic, luxurious and eco-friendly period underwear’ – are your complete tampon and pad replacement. Wear them for up to eight hours on light days, four to six hours on your heavy days or all night.

TREE2MYDOOR TREE OF LIFE GIFT

Looking for a gift for someone who’s tricky to buy for? The rowan tree is the Celtic Tree of Life, and Tree2MyDoor can send a UK-grown sapling as a unique and lasting gift. Simply order online and it will be sent directly to friends or family. The Tree of Life will arrive in a unique, one-piece cardboard gift box with optional greeting card.