Change is never easy, and almost always disruptive. As humans we like our comfort zones, and the safety of familiarity. So what do you do when you want to venture out of that zone? It depends, of course, on what kind of change we’re talking about, but invariably, change is about one major factor: adaptability. Because change is inevitable, there is no dodging it. So we adapt.

Switching from using our usual products, which we whip off the familiar supermarket shelf with no more thought than we give putting one foot in front of the other, can be daunting. Where to start? Do you simply turf all the products from your home, bathroom and beauty collection and start from scratch? I suppose that’s one way to do it, but for me, and I think many people, change needs to be a bit more gradual.

There are many ways to approach this, but here are my five ideas to ease you into a greener way of life.

  1. Start with one room in your house. It could be the kitchen, the bathroom, or the nursery.  Look at the products you use in the space you choose. Which products would you need to replace? Make a list and start from there, purchasing one at a time, or maybe five different ones, which would serve you in the same space.  
  2. Is there a specific product that you use often, that’s a single-use item, and contributes to your household trash? There are so many single-use items that our wonderful suppliers have replaced with an alternative which you can use again and again. Think straws, shopping bags and coffee cups. 
  3. Take a bit of time to read the labels of the products you often buy. If you’re looking at beauty products, the particularly harmful ones include parabens, fragrance, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), to name but a few. Although there is plenty of debate regarding the accuracy of claims that these chemicals can enter your bloodstream, there is no debate around the fact that these chemicals are causing plenty of harm to our environment as they seep into the ground and flow into our oceans. Once you’ve done a bit of label research, you’ll see that these chemicals are present in many popular products – many may be products you’ve used for years. If this worries you, as it did me, there are plenty of alternatives here
  4. Most women have a skincare routine which takes place morning and night. Maybe you’d like to try a different brand, or you need a product for a specific need, like dry skin. Why not have a browse through what we offer? There’s plenty of variety, and the great news is, all our products are chemical and cruelty-free. 
  5. Which part of your home, or routine, do you think generates the most chemical waste? Perhaps your home cleaning routine? Or maybe you have babies still in nappies? Fear not – if it’s guidance you’re looking for, your respective paths lie here and here.

I often hear people saying that one person can’t make a difference. But all change starts with one person, one act, one great intention for something different. What if Nelson Mandela had thought his contribution would make no difference? South Africa would be a very different country indeed.

Today is the day. Start all at once, or one change at a time – all that matters is the quest for change. As Nike would say – Just do it.