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How to live waste-free

Live Waste-Free

The ethos of zero-waste living and shopping harks back to the days before everything we needed was available in one shop and packaged in single-use plastic. We’ve all seen the problems that these throwaway items cause on our environment, but do we ever give as much thought to just how much of our shopping is actually packaging?

According to Which? up to 29 per cent of supermarket packaging is not recyclable — consequently, this ends up in landfill rather than being reused, recycled or being composted. Times are changing as we go back to a more traditional way of shopping — zero waste shops are on the rise, giving consumers the choice to ditch plastic and save the planet.

For an insight into the world of zero-waste living and shopping, we caught up with Sophie from Ripple, who lives and breathes the waste-free ethos. The new ‘oldfashioned’ shop is opening in Cardiff and is the city’s first not-for-profit zerowaste store.

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Over the past few years we’ve really seen veganism grow — there are more and more options for us to eat in our restaurants and shops, and vegan foods are rightly taking their share of the supermarket aisles. With the huge rise of meat-replacement products it’s never been easier to create exciting and tasty meals. With celebrity chefs like Gaz Oakley and restaurateur Loui Blake bringing veganism to new audiences with their innovative food, eating vegan is becoming a real choice for both vegans and non-vegans. It’s not only our eating habits and choices that are changing and expanding — our options when it comes to clothes and accessories are only getting broader. In this month’s fashion special Fat Gay Vegan looks at how far we’ve come, Jackie Lutz offers advice on building a cruelty-free closet, and we make shopping for your autumn wardrobe easier than ever with our pick of the best vegan products. Despite these positive changes, there’s still a lot to fight for. Melanie James investigates the cruelty behind cosmetic animal testing and we meet vegan photographer Amanda Clark who is telling the stories of beautiful farm animals, who are often cruelly overlooked. We’re really excited to share our inspiring Eco Living supplement with you this month, too. It's packed with ideas and information on some of the most pressing problems facing our planet. From how to live waste-free to the truth about fracking, we hope you’ll feel inspired to make some positive changes. See you next month

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