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Save the Arctic, save the Earth

Long before humans walked the Earth, the Arctic Ocean has been covered with ice which has kept our planet cool. This polar ice is our planet’s air conditioning system, working by reflecting half of the sun’s heat back into space. Today, there is 75 per cent less Arctic ice than fifty years ago – exposed Arctic water now absorbs 90 per cent of the sun’s heat, contributing to global warming and affecting life as we know it. So, how can we help? The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) was set up by the brilliant volunteer team behind parvati.org. MAPS has declared the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle an international peace park, free from all kinds of exploitation and activity that harms the melting polar ice. MAPS’ work in this area helps to reduce climate change, sea level rises, and protects ecosystems from catastrophic weather. Parvati’s goal is to connect with people around the world who will be inspired to support MAPS through action, because it matters to the future of all life on Earth. Want to know more? Visit parvati.org

Marley’s Monsters Funky Print Bento Bags in large

Marley and me

Picture it: pulling out your lunch from one of these Funky Print Bento Bags by Marley’s Monsters. Lunch looks better, right? The US-based Marley’s Monsters began when founder, Sarah, was expecting her son. Dissatisfied with the mass of disposables that comes with having children, Sarah started creating. After her son Marley was born, Sarah wanted to reduce unnecessary waste more than ever. She started designing everyday products that were environmentally friendly and cost effective, and they quickly became popular. Her bags are perfect for wrapping presents, grocery shopping, and for garnering envy from your work colleagues on your break. A great addition to your plastic-free collection, these lunch bags are washable and reusable. Made from 100 per cent cotton, they come in an array of colours and prints, and keep contents secure by tie closure straps.

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About Be Kind

Hello, A warm welcome to our very first issue. I wonder what led you to pick up our magazine from the stand? Perhaps the striking image caught your eye? Or, maybe the title, Be Kind, struck a chord? Either way, we hope you’re here because you, too, want to make the world a better place. It’s a scary and uncertain time, as we watch our seas fill with plastic, our bins bulge and our air become dense with fumes and pollution. Each month, these pages will be packed with positive, proactive solutions to help you make small, achievable changes that will have a much bigger global impact. This month we’re focusing in on the huge problem of plastic. As one of the biggest, most talked about environmental issues of the last year, plastic has affected every corner of the earth and all aspects of the environment. From ditching straws and water bottles, to who to follow on Instagram for zero-waste inspiration, we’ve rounded up some motivating ideas to help you reduce your own footprint. We all need to learn to tread a little more lightly, and it’s these small steps that will spark and inspire greater progress. Showing a little kindness is what the world needs right now. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor