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How to avoid palm oil at Christmas

Kaya Purchase reveals how to enjoy a festive season without the ingredient that’s destroying the planet

Christmas: a time of indulgence. A period when we let loose, discard our usual disciplines, diets and drudgery and feel perfectly justified to treat ourselves. It’s also a time when we spoil others, giving them gifts to ensure that they know how grateful we are for all they’ve done for us throughout the year. We all deserve this. We’ve earned a time when we guiltlessly enjoy ourselves: spend a little too much, eat and drink a little too much, party a little too much, before returning to the fresh motivation that the New Year brings. However, we’re all aware now of how capitalism high-jacks this right and uses it as an opportunity to assault us with advertising from September onwards. We are subject to a tidal wave of things that we absolutely must spend money on or we will miss out on all that the holiday season has to offer and unfortunately, most of these things aren’t sustainable. We buy bath and manicure sets for our secret Santa which the recipient may never use. We stock up on crackers and canapés well beyond what our stomach will be able to handle. Stocking fillers – all that plastic faff that is great on the day, but in a few weeks will simply be more clutter to shove under the bed or stuffed into the dreaded kitchen drawer with the Sellotape and spare buttons. And don’t get me started on the prizes you get inside crackers. A small plastic shoehorn? Two dominoes? Mini playing cards? In what scenario will these ever be called to hand?

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About Be Kind

Hello, Looking back over 2019, if there is one person who has made their presence and message known, it’s Greta Thunberg. The passionate girl who skipped school to protest climate change has seen unprecedented media attention and created a movement bigger than anyone could have expected. At the tender age of 16 years old, she has achieved more than most will in their lifetimes. But she’s not the only one standing up for what they believe in and creating positive change. This issue we have rounded up some of our heroes of the past year, from Leonardo DiCaprio to Genesis Butler, and we are so grateful to these people for using their platforms for good. But it isn’t just the big names that need celebrating. Since the start of Be Kind, we have given the spotlight to the smaller, but no less significant, names doing their bit to improve the planet and the lives of those on it. We have met some truly wonderful, selfless people who work tirelessly to create a better world. So, to all the brilliant beings setting up and running zero-waste shops, to the soup kitchens making sure homeless people receive a hot meal, to the lift sharers, the litter pickers, the plastic-free period campaigners, the animal lovers, the bee protectors, the food-waste fighters, the cruelty-free cosmetic brands, and all those trying to put a smile on the faces of those having a rough time, we thank you. The time you give up, the things you do and the messages you share make a real difference. And kindness is catching, so let’s keep spreading joy into 2020. Have a very merry Christmas, Phillipa Editor