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Digital Subscriptions > Be Kind > Mar/Apr 2019 > Homemade miracles

Homemade miracles

All you need to know about doing it yourself

So, you’re going to have a crack at making your own cleaning products. Not only will this bring you peace of mind that you’re ridding your home of toxic chemicals that can be harmful for the environment and your health, but it’s a great opportunity to get creative. Have fun experimenting with different natural recipes that will help leave your home smelling fresh and sparking clean. Cleaning guru Naturally Mumma Jo has shared her top tips and recipes with us, to help you get started on your eco-friendly spring clean. She focuses on using common household ingredients which are natural, but will make your home gleam. You’ll soon ask yourself why on earth you didn’t make the swap to eco-friendly, homemade products sooner.

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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