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Waste-free wardrobe essentials

If the packaging of an item is confirmed as biodegradable, we do an internal dance of joy – but who knew the term could also be applied to underwear? Pretty Polly’s new Eco-Wear range, consisting of underwear, tights and leggings, are knitted with an innovative polyamide yarn which biodegrades within three to six years when properly disposed of in landfill – in other words, when you’ve stopped wearing the items. Not only a genius solution to textile waste, but the garments are also incredibly soft and give a feeling of luxury. What’s not to love?

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Wined and dined

The end of Dry January is in sight – so whether you’ve been taking part in the teetotal month or not, Uncommon Wine are a brand worth raising a glass to. Each stage of their winemaking process is carried out within 25 miles of their HQ in Peckham, London and the fizz is packaged in 100 per cent recyclable cans. Founders of Uncommon Wine, Alex Thraves and Henry Connell, tell us more: “Alcohol can be a harmful and hugely wasteful industry, starting with the vineyards that are intensively managed and sprayed with chemical pesticides and herbicides, to the single-use materials used for packaging and shipping. Sustainability, thoughtfulness and education are at the core of our brand. We can’t force people to recycle, but if people buy The Uncommon, they have bought into our values. Our grapes are grown in Hampshire and Kent, and our wine is made in Surrey. We package our beverages in cans as they can help curb the wastage that results from over consumption or under consumption – one billion litres of wine are thrown away in the UK every year.”

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About Be Kind

Hello, If a genie appeared and offered you three wishes, what would you choose? Whilst thoughts of living on a paradise island with a personal chef and marrying Leonardo DiCaprio are tempting, I think most of us would wish for the same thing – good health for ourselves, our friends and our family. You’re very lucky if you haven’t experienced a bout of ill health, or helped a loved one through a bad time with theirs. Most of us can recall a rush to A&E with a broken limb, a hospital birth or a visit to a family member with flowers and chocolates. And, for most of us in the UK, we need to thank the NHS for the care received. The National Health Service was one of the most discussed issues in the last election and every day we hear news of how its future hangs in the balance, with threats of privatisation and further cuts to the service. We are incredibly fortunate to have a service like we do, and whilst there are faults in any huge system, we should be grateful. This issue we’ve taken some time to get to know the people of the NHS – the patients, the nurses, the midwives, the paramedics, the blood donators and the cancer survivors. We take a look at how services compare across the globe and also how climate change is affecting our health (think of the implications of air pollution, flooding and drought), both now and in the future. With the scary changes happening to our planet, it’s more vital than ever that we protect the precious lifeline that is the NHS. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor