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Fantastic plastic – what’s the problem?

We find out why black plastic, polystyrene and cellophane aren’t as innocent as you think

It seems as if a mass panic has swept across the country, as we’ve all suddenly woken up to realise how damaging plastic is to our environment. We’re frantically cutting back on single use-plastic and trying to recycle as much as possible — but are some of our efforts wasted? Certain materials have woven their way into our everyday lives and are more problematic than they may first seem — including black plastic, polystyrene and cellophane. For these three, it’s not as simple as popping them in the recycling bin to later be transformed into a shiny, new product.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our May issue. It’s undeniable that one of the best ways to advocate veganism to non-vegans is through food. There are so many wonderful and talented chefs creating mind-blowing vegan cuisine — the game has totally changed from a few years ago. The options for eating out have exploded, as we see unlikely meat-based chains even offering vegan options, and gone are the days of nibbling on a side salad, as plant-based food rightfully takes centre-stage in many restaurants. But, maybe you live somewhere with not so much choice, what happens then? Well, thanks to the range of brilliant cookbooks and videos available, anybody, no matter their location, can have a crack at a vegan showstopper. Recognising the need to make vegan food as appealing and appetising as possible, our cover stars, Ian Theasby and Henry Firth, created BOSH!, with the sole mission of bringing meat-free to the masses. We caught up with the innovators. Beauty is an another aspect of veganism that is growing rapidly, as cruelty-free, ethical and vegan products become more and more in demand. We rounded up some of our favourite items, brands and bloggers, as well as the ingredients you need to avoid. Finally, we had a really interesting debate this month, sparked by a feature written by Andrew Miles on the topic — is it easier for women to be vegan than men? Find out his, and our readers’, thoughts.

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