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The Magic of Growing Your Own

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

Growing your own food is satisfying and has delicious, nutrient-packed results – but the benefits don’t end there. With lots of the food we buy travelling many miles to get to our plates, often packaged in single-use plastic, growing edibles is a really environmentally-friendly option. Using whatever space you have to grow fruit, veggies and herbs, you can eat seasonally and have a better understanding of what you’re consuming, and you can even grow organically if you choose to.

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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