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Emmaus

Much like fast-fashion, the way we have come to consume and dispose of furniture is having a huge impact on the environment. Cheap-as-chips flat pack items have replaced built-to-last pieces, mainly due to the expense of the latter. But those sought after vintage one-of-a-kind items aren’t out of reach – you just need to know where to look. We caught up with Emmaus, who, amongst the many amazing things they do to help homeless people, upcycle and sell furniture. We spoke to communications manager Sarah Butlin to find out why one man’s trash really is another man’s treasure.

Emmaus UK is part of a global movement which supports those in most need across 37 countries. Emmaus started in France shortly after the Second World War, when homelessness was a big issue. The first Emmaus community was founded in Paris, in 1949 by Abbé Pierre, an MP, Catholic priest and former member of the French Resistance who fought to provide homes for those who lived on the streets of Paris.

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Be Kind
Hello, Welcome to the new issue. We had an overwhelming
IN THIS ISSUE
Start-up brand Spare Snacks are trying to change the
ENVIRONMENT
Give your home a bit of TLC with an eco-friendly makeover
All you need to know about doing it yourself
Lucy Buchholz pledges to have a week without the ingredient that's destroying our planet
Tackling waste as a family
We chat to Mike Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s, the organic and Fairtrade soap company on a mission to make the world a better place
Look and feel great with these vegan, cruelty-free products
Just because you’re young, it doesn’t mean your voice won’t be heard
Our round up of the latest eco products
Each month we address one of Earth's most pressing problems
THE BIG ISSUE – FOOD
Jake Stones shares the best ways to cut back on waste
Tara Bloom tells us how the world can benefit from veganism
Vegan cook and author Áine Carlin is here to guide you to a plant-based diet
Our round up of the best boxes for a zero-waste meal on the move
Natalie Morgan tells us how to make sustainable and healthy choices
Jake Stones tells us which companies are helping to fight food waste
How green is your morning mug?
From thrifty stews rustled up from so little, to using
COMMUNITY
The NishkamSWAT team are tackling homelessness head on
Lending a helping hand doesn’t have to be time consuming
It’s time to fill those empty seats
You’ll find delicious vegan food, writing on the wall, and entertaining evenings at The Canvas
We find out how the environment is banking the benefits
Start with small steps
SUSTAINABILITY
Shop second-hand to help the homeless in your community
Leicester's zero-waste destination
One of the most effective ways to cut your food footprint is to get outside and cultivate your own – garden designer Eliza Nicholas shows us how
Across the UK, social enterprise Blue Patch, hope to change the way we shop with their travelling sustainable department store
If you’re looking for a new sustainable brand to fall in love with, Rakha will steal your heart
CREATIVITY
Mandy Barker talks to us about how she is using her artwork to fight plastic pollution
We take a look at the tiny eco-home craze that’s trailing the globe
Fast-fashion is destroying the planet, so Selkie Patterns are helping to get us all sewing our own
Put fabric scraps to good use, with this beginners sewing project from Selkie Patterns
Make the most of your leftovers
We chat to Serena Lee, conscious living and wellness blogger, and curator of the Vegans of LDN community