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Let’s eat!

Dining on-the-go just got easier, thanks to a new and revolutionary compact dining set called the Pebble. The kit – which contains a knife, fork, spoon, straw and chopsticks, all neatly fit into a circular shaped container, hence the name – is the first product by Otherware, a collaboration between Pentatonic, the world’s leading circular economy company, and I Am Other, a creative collective from Pharrell Williams. The cutlery set will equip you for all occasions and eliminates the need for single-use plastic utensils, of which 10 billion are estimated to be littering the world’s oceans. The Pebble is made using waste materials including recycled polypropylene and stainless steel. Plus, the outer case is made using recycled CDs. Pop it in your bag and go on your eco way! £49,

Plants and the city

Love the beauty of flowers? We have the guide for you. A London Floral by Natasha Goodfellow (£8.50, Finch Publishing) brings together the must-visit destinations for those who have a penchant for all things blooming lovely – from markets to nurseries to botanic gardens – all presented in a handy illustrated map. It’s easy to use, with addresses and listings of interest, but small enough to be folded up and carried with you. It’s ideal for city dwellers who want a break from bustling streets and tall buildings, and fancy immersing themselves in nature – all without having to leave the capital. On sale from 6th April.

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About Be Kind

Hello, A lot of the good news we read about in the press is from towns, cities or countries that aren’t our own, and whilst it’s fantastic to hear of successful stories or schemes in a place far from yours, it’s always really exciting to learn of great things happening on your home turf. I moved back to my home town in Essex a few years ago, after stints overseas and in London. With most of my adolescence spent here, the streets are lined with memories, but I felt a disconnect as I grew up and wanted to seek out likeminded people and pastures new. I returned with a sense of trepidation and, probably, a slightly irritating snobbery. But things have changed and I was wrong. Take Best Days Vintage, for example (p74). Based in the heart of town, they caught my eye a while back when I saw a sign outside offering free help and advice for anyone who didn’t know how to register to vote. The vintage store is not only promoting sustainable shopping, but they have created a safe space for young people to come and talk about their problems – they’re focused on building a community and spreading positivity. My hairdressers, a converted double decker bus (@originalbutton), recently posted on Instagram about their decision to make the salon an #antigossipsalon. Gone are the celebrity gossip mags and in their place is a book swap corner. They want to use their position to spread kindness and create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. I think it’s a fantastic idea. You might think there is nothing going on in your locality, but kind people are making things happen everywhere. We all need to open our eyes and ears to the great things going on nearby and lend our support – and who knows, maybe you could be the next person to start a positive movement in motion. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor