How to transition to toxic-free products

I started this shop because, as the go-to for my friends on environmental issues, I realised how difficult it is to make sense of the contradicting information on our environmental impact as consumers. One of the major questions comes when you've decided you want to reduce your toxic out-put but how?

I still have this problem most days.

I’ve always been super thrifty - you have to be in London - and so when a good deal came up on household products I tended to buy in bulk. This means that although I have pledged to go 100% toxic free I still have tons of products around the house that are filled to the brim with nasty chemicals - so what’s the answer?

That totally depends on your motivations.

I am going toxic free and reducing my output for two primary reasons; the health and wellbeing of our planet and the health and wellbeing of my family. But as I said, I live in London and our wellbeing is also dependent on having a roof over our heads and food to eat so being financially conscious is also important.

When I pull out an old bleach spray I think to myself, each time, if I should be using it or if I should get rid of it somehow, and I’ve come to a conclusion that may help you as you begin your non-toxic journey.

The product and its chemicals are already created and are out in the world and there is nothing you can do about that now. If you pour them down the drain they will still go to the same place as if you used them to scrub your tiles. Another option, if they are in good working condition and still relatively full, is to donate them to a food bank or a local charity.

I have given what I can away and sold some beauty products I no longer use and am slowly moving all my purchases to environmentally positive ones. Nearly all my household products from shampoo and body wash to detergent and washing up liquid have all been replaced by Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 soap and I haven’t looked back since! I buy the 1ltr bottle every couple of months, distribute it among different bottles and dilute it accordingly and it has been an absolute dream! My asthmatic cat has fewer reactions and loves the transition too.

Let me know how you get on with your transition via email or on instagram @everything.made.better

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