Consume better

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.

Anna LappeO Magazine, June 2003

I’ve come to the realisation that consuming better is easier than consuming less! As I have sought to live more sustainably, I’ve made many small changes. I still however have many many areas where I can live more justly. I don’t tend to write about the things that aren’t going so well!

Do what you can…and then do a bit more.



I’ve switched from using Tresemme shampoo and conditioner daily to (mostly) using Lush shampoo (in a bottle) and conditioner (bar), along with reducing washing to every other day.

Dove soap → Lush bar soap (no plastic packaging)

Plastic toothbrush → Bamboo toothbrush

Sanitary towels and tampons → CSP and Mooncup

Roll on deodorant → deodorant bar from Lush and Faith in Nature deodorant stick (for more sweaty days!)

Supermarket baby bubble bath → Humphrey’s Corner bubble bath (recycled plastic bottles) and for occasional fun Lush bubble bars

Supermarket toilet roll → Who Gives a Crap? 

Disposable razor → Safety razor

Makeup from Boots → makeup from Green People

Wet wipes → Cheeky Wipes and Naty wipes

Disposable nappies → Cloth nappies and Naty nappies

Perfume  → an organic natural perfume



Standard washing up liquid and hand wash → Clean and Fair products

Standard dishwasher powder → Ecozone

Kitchen sponges  → EuroScrubby

Cling film → Beeswax wrappers

Snact – fruit jerky made from food waste in a compostable packet

Pasta, rice, chips and washing up powder in boxes

Olive oil in a huge tin rather than a plastic bottle

Loose leaf tea

Fairtrade tea and coffee

Milk in glass bottles

Sandwich wraps

Vegetables, meat and fruit from Church Farm 

Squash’d (we can’t stop the squash completely and we don’t like the one in a glass bottle!)

Pre-loved bread machine

Nutella → Mr Organic Chocolate spread

Supermarket peanut butter → Meridian peanut butter

Supermarket tuna → tuna caught by a line e.g. The Reel Fish Co Tuna

Tesco → Ocado (read their CSR page here and if you’re really keen there’s a whole report here!)

I’m experimenting using vinegar, citric acid and bicarb to clean with!

Amazon Alternatives now have their very own blog post (I need to add World of Books)


We’ve also swapped to bulb – a green gas and electricity supplier

iPhone → Fairphone

Arena Flowers – the UK’s no 1 rated ethical florist

Helpful websites

Ethical consumer

Ethical Superstore

Big Green Smile


Fairtrade Foundation

Journey to Zero-waste UK Facebook group

Disclaimer: I am not paid for any of these recommendations and you buy from any of the above sites at your own risk!

[Page updated April 2018)

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