you plastic utensils – you have cutlery in your home. Many take-away forms have a box you can click to indicate you don’t need cutlery. If you don’t see one, just add it to the comment section.

care products, single-use plastic table covers for fabric table clothes, and my personal favourite is beeswax cloth instead of cling film. Try:

Buy your essential oils from: My favourite oils for laundry are lavender and lemongrass.

have the bottles, you can reuse them over and over again. Here is a great blog with three basic recipes to get you started: clean-create-your-own-natural-cleaning-products.

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ingredients). They lather well and work great. Also, they can go through airport security (bonus!). My favourite is Heavenly Herbals, each batch made is by hand in Kent:


See? It’s easy. Simple steps you can take towards reducing your carbon footprint and restoring our planet to its full glory. For more tips and tricks for living a natural lifestyle find me on Facebook at:

Shampoo bars. I am so in love with these! No more plastic bottles. No more fillers (odds are your shampoo has water as one of the first

“Will refusing a straw

at a restaurant really help this mess? Yes.”

Make your own cleaning supplies. It’s not as daunting as it seems. In fact, it’s super easy and much cheaper than the shop-bought varieties. And once you

Ditch the dryer sheets.Dryer sheets are full of unsavoury chemicals and they create a lot of waste. Switch to wool dryer balls and scent with essential oils.

Switch your razor. Instead of using a disposable razor that makes you throw the entire thing away every 4 to 6 weeks, switch to a razor that only requires

you to change the head. It’s a simple solution with a big impact. Better yet, buy the replacement heads in bulk to reduce packaging.

Go for cloth. This may be swapping paper towels for wash cloths, paper napkins for cloth napkins, plastic nappies for cloth nappies, reusable feminine

Melinda Brecheisen is an essential oils educator and author of Anchor to Your Strengths. For more information about essential oils or to attend a free essential oils class please email or go to, FOCUS The Magazine 25

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