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Sustainable swaps

Tia Grazette reveals the alternatives worth stocking up on

Out with the single-use and in with their environmentally-friendly replacements – there are plenty of easy and affordable changes to make to your daily routine that’ll have less impact on the planet. While the government has confirmed a ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in an attempt to slash the estimated 5 million tonnes of plastic waste generated annually in the UK (WRAP, wrap.org.uk), there’s still a lot more work to be done. Do your bit by making these eco swaps.

Switch bottled shampoo and conditioner for bars Single-use plastic tends to be the default packaging for most toiletries. We are all familiar with the effects plastic is having on the planet and our health. However, 50 per cent of the British public does not recycle their bathroom waste, which means 2.7 billion plastic bottles end up in landfills every year. Trading to a solid bar option with minimal packaging for anything beauty related is by far the best option.

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About Be Kind

Hello, Happy New Year. I hope you all had a restful holiday and are ready for a great 2020. Have you made any resolutions? Perhaps you want to cut down your plastic waste, volunteer or improve your yoga practice? If you’re stuck for ideas we’ve got some positive and impactful suggestions. Asking friends, family and colleagues their intentions for the New Year, a lot of resolutions are regarding social media. “I’m deleting Facebook,” said one friend, “I spend too much time on Instagram and want to cut back,” said another. To say that our relationships with the digital world are complicated would be an understatement. For me, it’s an essential part of my job – it connects me to our readers, it introduces me to new and exciting brands and charities doing brilliant things for people and the planet, it’s where I get up to date with the news and how we share the Be Kind message. Personally, I’ve never been a social media over-user, but I’ve absolutely wasted a few Sunday afternoons scrolling aimlessly and mindlessly through Instagram, then Twitter, then Facebook, before starting the same cycle again. So it’s this passive, quite pointless, use I want to cut out. I know that deleting social media entirely wouldn’t work for me, but spending more time offline is really appealing. We caught up with the ever-inspiring Venetia and Max La Manna to discuss their Offline 48 campaign – encouraging us to spend the weekend device-free. If the idea makes you nervous, we’ve got some recommendations of how to spend your time when you’re not using your phone. Social media can be such a positive tool, but it’s important to be present and phone-free in the real world, too. Here’s to a year of less scrolling and more doing. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor