Simple and natural living



019: Living more ethically in 2018

Photograph:  Ben Heath

Photograph: Ben Heath

I've never really been one for setting New Year's resolutions but last year that changed. Over the past few years I have been making an effort to live more simply and ethically and at the end of 2016 I had one resolution; to stop shopping at supermarkets. Read last year's post. 

I will admit I wasn't starting from scratch which made things easier–I was already buying all my food from local stores and farmers markets–but it wasn't a simple transition either. It is remarkably easy to forget how many different things we use in our daily lives and that each of these products has to be manufactured, potentially harming our planet, our communities and ourselves. 

Initially, I thought finding household items like washing up cloths, bin liners and cleaning products that were effective, and were ethical/natural, would be difficult but I was surprised at how many options there are available. 

Throughout the year varying challenges presented themselves and forced me to think outside the box. And, I must admit I didn't manage the whole year without stepping foot inside a supermarket but the visits I did make were always the very last resort. This year I intend to push myself further and think consciously about absolutely everything I buy. I have already made a start and am keen to prove to myself and others that living consciously, kindly and sustainably does not have to be expensive or depriving. 

After a year of consciously making decisions about where I shop the most important thing I learnt was living ethically is not just about finding ethical replacements for the products we're used to using. Living ethically is about a state of mind and it's often about putting the environment, your local community and your personal health before a fleeting want for something you could live without. Sometimes living ethically is just about going without and realising that you are just as happy. 

In 2018 there are many things that I would like to achieve, I would probably call these goals rather than resolutions, but one resolution I do have is to continue to find ways to live more consciously whilst inspiring others to make small changes in their daily lives that have positive impact not just zero impact.  

If you have questions about where to find ethical products please feel free to email me at or leave a comment below.