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Moving into conscious eating

Start with small steps

I’ve been starting to run little experiments – small adventures in curiosity, trying different things out and seeing what works, how I feel, and what ‘sticks’ for me. One of those adventures was becoming vegan and, alongside thousands of others, I took part in Veganuary. It was lovely to feel part of a group and a movement, and to feel supported by others who were doing the same thing. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 14. My reason for becoming a vegetarian was that when I was 10, I visited a farm with my family. We were all from London and a tad naïve as to what visiting a farm would entail, I guess we’d imagined some kind of a petting zoo. Unfortunately, for the sponge-like mind of my 10-year-old self, it was a factory farm. Those images are ingrained in my mind forever and as a child, I’d just lie in bed imagining I was one of those animals.

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About Be Kind

Hello, Welcome to the new issue. We had an overwhelming response to our first edition – we’re so glad we reached so many like-minded people who want to make the world a better place. This month we’re looking at the huge topic of food and, in particular, why so much of this precious resource ends up in the bin. I was astonished to learn that around one third of all food produced for humans gets wasted each year – that’s around 1.3 billion tonnes of perfectly edible food ending up lost or wasted. It’s time to redress the balance and start taking responsibility for our own contribution to these scary statistics, and this issue is packed with ways to reduce your food footprint, make more sustainable choices and fight back against waste. So many times this month I have found myself referring back to how our grandparents used to live – buying items built to last, repairing and reusing, being creative with food scraps and living, where possible, within their means. Sharing this ethos, we spoke to the inspirational social enterprise Emmaus, who are encouraging us all to ditch the flat pack and buy second-hand furniture and the lovely Selkie Patterns who want to get us all sewing our own clothes. With these small steps, together we can start making a difference. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor