Brushing your teeth
Buy a reusable toothbrush. You replace the head, but the handle can be reused again and again.




Flossing your teeth
The new Dentek Natural Floss Pick is the first 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable floss pick. The handle is made of starches from sustainable crops so it decomposes in less than 180 days. The floss is made of polyethylene, which is recyclable.


Using cotton wool to cleanse skin
Use washable organic muslin face cloths, which are great for the skin too. You can also buy organic biodegradable cotton buds with paper stems: www.ethicalsuperstore.com




Using toiletries and make-up
As well as checking that products don't contain parabens, phthalates and GM additives, your best bet is to opt for a reputable organic range that by law must be free from the most damaging chemicals. For certified ranges, visit www.soorganic.com

For hand soap, try an organic soap that's free from artificial colour, fragrances, synthetic preservatives and parabens.

Taking a daily vitamin supplement
Buy brands that use glass containers because they can be easily recycled.






Drinking two litres of water a day
Turn on the tap. UK tap water is safe and has to meet stringent quality standards. If you live in a hard water area and are put off by the taste, filter and chill your water first.




Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables
Buy seasonal produce from local farmers' markets. Speak to the farmers there, too. Many small producers practice organic farming, but haven't paid for official certification from the Soil Association. If you don't have a farmers' market near you, check the country of origin label for fruit and veg in the supermarket aisles.



Using household cleaners
Go natural with your cleaning. Use white wine vinegar or bicarbonate of soda mixed with water to dissolve household grease and dirt.




Going to the gym
Use public transport to get to the gym, or incorporate the walk there and back as part of your warm up and cool down routine. Outdoor exercise such as walking, running and cycling are green alternatives to gym membership.



Eating fish
There are more than 200 certified eco-friendly fish products in supermarkets that come from sustainable sources. Before you buy, make sure your fish has the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) eco-label.



Drinking milk for healthy bones
Look for milk in a recyclable plastic bag with reusable jug. It's a mainly cardboard container that has a carbon footprint 48 per cent lower than a standard plastic bottle. Otherwise, make sure you recycle your plastic milk bottles.



Lighting candles to relax
Try soy, beeswax or vegetable-based candles that are smoke-free and biodegradable.





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