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Good for you, good for the planet

Natalie Morgan tells us how to make sustainable and healthy choices

New research is being released almost every day about the positive impact a plant-based diet has on not only our health, but the environment, too. We are being encouraged to swap animal products for vegan alternatives to support the fight against global warming and to help save our beautiful planet from a not so beautiful future. Seeing the constant rise in people transitioning to a more compassionate way of living is heart-warming, and shows that the future of veganism looks bright. However, the increase of consumerism in the plant-based food industry does come with some negatives that are also contributing to climate change – but don’t worry, we’ve got the solutions.

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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