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Natural is best

Most toothpastes are full of unnatural and unsustainably sourced chemicals, and often come packaged in plastic tubes, as well as unnecessary boxes. Enter Georganics. Their tooth soap stick is crafted from 100 per cent natural and non-toxic ingredients, and is flavoured with organic English peppermint essential oil – this recipe allows teeth to absorb nutrients without coating them, promoting natural remineralising and tooth nourishment. It’s also fluoride and SLS-free, with no added glycerine, and is packed in a plastic-free, recyclable, and compostable cardboard tube. In fact, all of Georganics products are zero-waste, so you needn’t worry about what happens to the packaging once you’ve used it up – the planet won’t be harmed. £8.90, georganics.co.uk

Coffee and community

Love coffee, but hate how it’s produced? The coffee supply chain is long, complicated, and packed with people taking their cut of the growers’ hard work – Paddy & Scott aim to change this. Upon founding, the company decided it was time to ditch the middle-men, and to shorten the distance between coffee grower and drinker. Back in 2016, they took on their own coffee farm in Meru, Kenya, and since then, they have been working closely with the Muchomba family to create a wonderful project that revolutionises how coffee is traded, and gives back to the people who work hard to grow the delicious beans. Paddy & Scott’s Jerry Can Craft Coffee, is named after the Ruiga school children who used to carry jerry cans of water along the busy road to their school, every day in the hot sun. Thanks to the Meru Community Project, Paddy & Scott have been able to fund a 6.5m fresh water pipeline – so now the children can get rid of their jerry cans, and spend more time enjoying themselves in the classroom. Each Jerry Can bought further supports Paddy & Scott’s life-changing work in Meru’s coffee growing community – whether it’s working with local schools, or building better infrastructure. paddyandscotts.co.uk

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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