BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 31 Dec '19

Our most-read news and articles – plus top-viewed Hero products and services – say a lot about the ethical trends of 2019

2019 was a big year for sustainability and the environment. A surge in awareness of plastic pollution was joined by a demand for more transparent and ethical business practices, plus rising interest in clean beauty and toxic-free lifestyles.

Our top five news stories of the year reflect the consumer shift towards natural, organic, toxic-free and ethical products and services. These are the most-read stories on our website, even though some were published before 2019.

Top 5 news stories

Ditching Ecover and Method

In June 2018, an animal welfare charity asked ethical supermarkets and online stores to remove Ecover and Method from their stock, due to their acquisition by SC Johnson earlier in the year.

Ecover and Method, collectively known as People Against Dirty, have always been marketed as cruelty free. In contrast, SC Johnson openly admits to testing on animals during the development of its household products.

Sales of Ecover and Method products will now boost the profits of their new parent company and help fund animal tests.

In April 2018, thousands of emails were sent to Ecover and Method after Naturewatch Foundation asked supporters to contact People Against Dirty and express their disappointment at the acquisition. The campaign also triggered a strong reaction on social media.

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2. Going clean just got easy

In June 2019, My Green Pod launched a crowdfunder to help raise money for a monthly subscription box packed with amazing clean products that won’t damage you, your children or the planet.

The goal was to offer these products at a substantially reduced price due to the orders of magnitude we hoped to handle.

You can get a taste of these Clean Starter Packs in the rewards section of the crowdfunder page, where you can buy a range of Clean Living Starter Packs for £25 – all while supporting our mission to get this subscription service off the ground. A win for us, you and the planet!

We know from your great feedback and our 10 years’ experience in this sector that price is a barrier preventing clean products from going mainstream. We wanted to send the affordability dilemma packing, and give you the chance to buy 100% natural alternatives at rates that are competitive with mainstream options commonly found on the high street.

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3. The fishing net sunglasses

Every year 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are lost or discarded in the ocean. Samples of plastic waste accumulating in our oceanic gyres reveal 46% of this plastic, by weight, is attributable to fishing gear.

Discarded fishing gear is the most common form of plastic pollution in our oceans, with an estimated 640,000 tonnes entering the sea each year.

A Cornish start-up, Waterhaul, has launched a range of sunglasses produced from 100% recycled fishing nets.

The social enterprise intercepts plastic from our oceans and transforms it into high-quality, functional products for adventure and ‘symbols for change’.

Waterhaul also collaborates with community groups and NGOs to remove nets from Cornish beaches and seas. Intercepted nets (often exceeding 100 meters in length) are washed, shredded and turned into pellets which are then moulded into Waterhaul’s innovative sunglasses frames.

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4. A plastic diet

In June 2019, a study found on average people could be ingesting approximately five grams of plastic every week, which is the equivalent weight of a credit card.

It suggests people are consuming about 2,000 tiny pieces of plastic every week. That’s approximately 21 grams a month – just over 250 grams a year.

The analysis, No Plastic in Nature: Assessing Plastic Ingestion from Nature to People, was prepared by Dalberg and based on a study commissioned by WWF and carried out by University of Newcastle, Australia.

This is the first global analysis to combine data from over 50 studies on the ingestion of microplastics by people. The findings are an important step towards understanding the impact of plastic pollution on humans.

It also confirms the urgent need to address the plastic system so that it does not pollute ecosystems in the first place.

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5. Silicones in cosmetics

We are all consciously trying to reduce our use of single-use plastic and the packaging we buy. Should we also be thinking about the ‘plastics’ – or manmade polymers – inside our products?

When it comes to natural and organic cosmetics, for authenticity we should always think about what is inside the product to really understand a product’s claim to be ‘natural’ or ‘organic’.

For synthetic plastic materials like microbeads, we have witnessed a growing consumer and media interest, as well as different countries creating laws to ban these substances because of their environmental impact. In the UK the ban meant products had to be removed from stores by the end of 2018.

This Q&A with NATRUE’s Dr Mark Smith reveals what you need to know about the silicones in personal care products.

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Top 5 Heroes

Octopus Energy Super Green tariff

It takes less than two minutes to switch to green energy. The Super Green Octopus Tariff offers 100% renewable electricity and full carbon offsets for gas. This means that from an energy point of view your home is carbon neutral – leaving no footprint on the planet.

As well as this, you’ll receive some of the best customer service in the industry, and transparent pricing. What’s not to love?

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2. Resilica sustainable worktops

Using around 700 recycled bottles in a typical kitchen, Resilica is an award-winning, hard-wearing, easy to clean surface that is manufactured entirely in the UK.

Resilica is manufactured using up to 100% waste glass, reducing landfill and destructive stone quarrying.

Resilica was the very first surface material of its kind, and – due to its durability and eco credentials – has been the material of choice for hundreds of domestic kitchens and commercial projects across the UK.

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3. Weleda Skin Food

Pioneering green beauty brand Weleda introduced a totally natural, replenishing cream in 1926 that is still going strong.

Skin Food is a beauty essential our grandmothers kept on their dressing tables when soap and water was the only way to remove make-up and a nourishing skin repair was needed at the end of the day.

Today, this enriching balm helps soothe and comfort skin that’s battered by daily stresses – from poor diet to pollution. It’s our best defence against wind and weather. Miraculously it can perk up a pasty complexion suffering from lack of sleep.

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4. Cora Ball

The Cora Ball is the world’s first microfibre-catching laundry ball. For ease of use and price, the Cora Ball is one of a kind.

It enables anyone who wears and washes clothes to make a difference by helping stop microfibre pollution.

The Cora Ball also reminds people that our drains are connected to the natural world, which inspires other behaviours that help everyone live in a way that protects, rather than destroys, our planet.

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5. Huskup

Huskup is a reusable coffee cup made from rice husk, not plastic. Biodegradable, durable and free from plastic, Huskup is tackling the UK’s disposable culture one coffee at a time with a brand new reusable cup made from rice husks.

Using the outer hull of the rice grain, a natural and robust material that would otherwise be burnt in the fields, Huskup is harnessing an abundant waste product and giving the planet a helping hand – even before the first coffee is poured.

There’s no melamine, BPA or toxins. No nasties leach into your drink so it’s safe to reheat your coffee in the microwave and load in the dishwasher, too.

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