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A slice of kindness

We all love a good dinner out and Italian restaurant chain, Zizzi, is offering diners the chance to extend that feel good factor with its new Donate a Discount scheme. In partnership with the Mental Health Foundation (mentalhealth.org.uk), customers will be given the choice of a 25 per cent discount on their meal or donating the equivalent value to the charity. Zizzi aims to raise £1 million for the organisation over their three year partnership. The idea follows research which found that 84 per cent of Brits wished they could give something back to society and over a fifth said they would give more if it were easier – and now it is. Ruth Jackson, people director at Zizzi comments: “The partnership with the Mental Health Foundation enables us to raise money for a fantastic cause and is something we hope our teams and diners will really support.” For more information, visit mentalhealth.org.uk and zizzi.co.uk

Labels for lighter impact

What size carbon footprint does your weekly food shop total to? You’ll soon have a better idea thanks to Quorn’s new labelling which will inform customers on the environmental impact of the foods they buy. Certified by the Carbon Trust (carbontrust.com), the data about a product’s footprint will be available on Quorn’s top 30 selling products. The new scheme comes at a time when 50 per cent of consumers state they avoid meat for environmental reasons, and 64 per cent say that they want to reduce their carbon footprint to protect the planet for future generations (YouGov). Quorn is the first meat-free food manufacturer in the world to introduce such labelling. For more information, visit quorn.co.uk

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About Be Kind

Hello, In 2016, I was fortunate enough to spend a year living in Australia. I fell in love with the country – its breathtaking beaches, great coffee, perfect weather, unusual creatures and outdoors lifestyle instantly won me over – what’s not to love? Day after day we pulled our campervan up to what seemed like undiscovered bays; we walked remote bush hikes and swam in blissful lakes – it felt like paradise. As much as it is beautiful, Australia is vast – it blew my mind how much so – it’s the sixth largest country in the world, around 32 times the size of the UK. I found it hard to gauge the scale looking at a map, let alone driving across it – trips we factored hours for took days. When the news broke of the horrific bush fires happening around the country, the size and scale of them felt unimaginable. Australia is no stranger to hot weather, its climate is one of the reasons Brits and tourists flock there and why many stay. Bush fires are not new news either. But those started in November 2019, and still taking place now, are the worst on record. Temperatures are the highest ever experienced. Thousands of people have had to flee their homes. Millions of acres of land have been incinerated. People have lost their lives. A billion animals have, too. The figures are staggering. In times of crisis it’s easy to feel helpless. But, we need to get to the root of the problem – climate change. It’s not a time to sit back and watch, it’s a time for action. And the good news is everyone can do something to help. This issue is packed with ideas on how to reduce your impact, clean up your lifestyle and, in turn, the planet. If we don’t act now, Australia could be just the beginning – we need to protect our beautiful Earth. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor