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Thoughtful food

Best known for their fantastic range of meat-free alternatives, Quorn Foods just keep getting better, having recently announced their commitment to the planet with ‘climate-positive’ protein. The brand’s Sustainable Development Report states that in 2018, Quorn generated 8.5 times fewer CO2 emissions than the meat they replaced. As a result, customers saved over 200,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions by choosing veggie or vegan options. The report also highlights Quorn’s commitments to reducing plastic pollution. The company removed 100 per cent of black plastic from their packaging in 2018, and as a partner of the Waste & Resources Action Programme ( and signatory to the UK Plastics Pact, Quorn have pledged to making 100 per cent of their plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable. They aim to eliminate all single-use plastic from their manufacturing sites by the end of 2019.

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Get ‘appy

Ever get confused by the amount of ethical buzzwords floating around the world of sustainable shopping? It can be tricky to know who to trust. Enter Giki – an app that makes that process much easier by informing users about the products and companies they buy from. It works by awarding badges to items based on categories, such as low carbon footprint, animal welfare and packaging. Their aim is to drive sustainable consumption by connecting customer values with their shopping decisions, allowing them to scan products’ barcodes through the app to see which badges have been awarded by the social enterprise – easy! It’s available on both iPhone and Android phones and now counts over 280,000 rated products from all major UK supermarket retailers and brands, including own label items.

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Hello, I can remember a time, not so long ago, when most people I know were afraid of bees. Along with wasps, bees would create carnage when innocently passing through a garden BBQ or picnic, as people dashed to safety, terrified of the striped stinging machines. Now, it seems that everyone loves the humble bumble – they’re viewed with reverence and affection, and their cute and cuddly depiction is worn on necklaces and T-shirts across the country. To say it’s been a turnaround would be an understatement, but why has this happened? Our perception of bees has had to change, but only because their crucial population is under threat and their plight has been brought into the public’s consciousness. We know that we have to protect them at all costs, or it will mean terrible things for mankind. But, how many other animals do we currently disregard, that we’ll only appreciate when they’re in trouble? How many of us look more fondly upon walruses, following Attenborough’s devastating documentary? This month we want to shine a light on non-human animals – the heroes who keep our ecosystems balanced, who help teach our children about the planet, and who bring our communities together. We share this Earth with so many creatures, great and small, all of whom are vital to our existence. But we need to begin to respect and care for them now, not just when the odds are against them. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor