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In safe hands

Four companies ensuring we have a greener tomorrow

Every day, it seems like we’re hit with more bad news about our planet – trees are being cut down, plastic is flooding our oceans and toxic gases are causing the Earth’s temperature to rise. Living in a world that requires us to battle against brands that are damaging our environment can seem tiring, leaving us with a pessimistic view of tomorrow. Luckily, there are people across the planet pioneering change, and doing their best to pave the way to a more sustainable future. We’ve rounded up some progressive companies from across the globe, both small and large, that are having a positive impact on the world around them and leading the way for others to follow.

Ecosia

Thinking back to a time when we couldn’t instantly Google the answer to a question, seems like a scary and distant past. The internet has well and truly become a part of our everyday lives, but there’s another search engine on the block that can help us find the answers to our urgent questions, such as ‘how to get red wine out of a cream sofa’, while helping the environment, too.

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About Be Kind

Hello, Most of us are lucky enough to have someone who taught us how to be kind. For me, it was my dad. He showed me how to warm up a cold bumble bee in my hands and how to grow runner beans in the garden. Dad was forever picking up litter wherever we went, rescuing the baby ducklings who had slipped down the drain outside our house, and he taught me to have the utmost respect for all creatures, great and small. As the threats of climate change and plastic pollution weigh heavily on our minds, we spend so much time focusing on looking forward, concerned about the damage we have wreaked on our planet and what the future holds. However, it seems a lot of the answers to our current problems can be found by looking backwards. In this issue we talk about lessons we have learned from past generations, how to adopt a thriftier, more careful attitude to waste and the importance of sharing information. We discuss the valuable lessons we have learned from our families and friends and hope to inspire more people to go back to basics – it might just be the only way to save the world. We also had the pleasure of speaking to Deliciously Ella about making vegetables cool, Mark Griffiths shares the most wonderful images of inspiring open-water swimmers, and the Culinary Caveman gives us his top tips for successful foraging. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor