This article first appeared in our COP26 issue of My Green Pod Magazine, distributed with The Guardian on 05 November 2021. 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. Choose local
Shop local – wherever you are – using the BigBarn Local Food Map. The virtual farmers’ market has been dubbed ‘the Amazon of local food’, and is helping to connect shoppers with their local suppliers.
2. Natural beauty
If your skin’s suffering from the mix of central heating and cold weather, keep a tube of Weleda Skin Food with you at all times. This natural wonder balm will soothe and nourish dry, chapped skin – from fingers to toes.
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.
5. Plant a tree
If you’re about to buy a product you don’t really need, you can satisfy your craving (and save some money) by putting it back and planting a tree with TreeSisters instead!
Top 5 winter switches
Heroes of the season
Whether you’re looking for ethical Christmas gift ideas or want to escape to the sun, these Heroes will help you to make the most of the festive season – wherever you decide to spend it!
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.
HEYLAND & WHITTLE HIBISCUS & WHITE TEA
A sustainable and luxurious soy wax candle with a 45-hour burn time.
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