I have always loved animals and been surrounded by various pets all my life, buts its only in the last 6 years that I became more aware of how our actions are causing so much devastation to our environment.

I think it’s both shocking and upsetting that with a world population of over 7.5 billion there are only around 1000 wild Mountain Gorillas and an increasing list of species which are extinct or on the verge of extinction. Hocus Pocus medicines, deforestation for palm oil and trophy hunting are some of the main causes along with plastic pollution. Most of us are aware of Sir David Attenborough and Blue Planet II – and the changes we need to make to reduce our plastic waste – but we need to do more …..even if you are not an animal lover and struggling with changing your habits, it is estimated that we consume a credit card of plastic each week – and we do not know the long term health effects this can have……

I am also a huge advocate of finding products which do NOT contain unnecessary Palm oil – and certainly never from an unsustainable source – it really doesn’t need to be in a nut butter, chocolate spread or cereals. My daughters find me embarrassing when I stand in the shop isle checking the ingredients on labels, and placing items back on the shelves if they do not conform. I know there will be those out there who will disagree with my principals, we all make our own choices and have our own values but I am sticking to mine……..

My aim by creating this page is to try to help coax those who were further behind on their journey to protecting our planet and those who want to do more but are struggling with how to do it….

This is my way of showing there are simple choices we can make on a daily basis and where you can find loads of useful tips…if you have any other useful suggestions – please do get in contact.

Personally, I have supported many wildlife projects around the world for over 25 years, visiting and supporting conservation projects and breeding programmes when I can. The work that the dedicated conservations put in is overwhelming. Moving forward we will be donating 1% of our profits to Fauna and Flora International every year and I will continue with my environmental journey.

This year we are planning to setup workshops using waste materials, retreats and crafting to run in the Autumn so please sign up if you would like to receive information on dates….we will only send information on the workshops and dates with no other rubbish.

Claire x

Environmental Charities

Young Peoples Trust for the Environment – ypte.org.uk
Green Alliance – Green-alliance.org.uk
Woodland Trust – woodlandtrust.org
8 billion trees charity – 8billiontrees.com

Fauna and Flora International

Our focus is on protecting biodiversity (the diversity of life on Earth), which underpins healthy ecosystems and is critical for the life-support systems that humans and all other species rely on. You really need to signup for these newsletters.

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Going forward, we will be donating 1% of our profits every year to Fauna and Flora International

The Ring Carrier Recycling Programme

Every year, ring carriers end up in landfills across the United Kingdom. We are working with TerraCycle® to put an end to this enormous waste and loss of resources.

The Ring Carrier Recycling Programme allows us to recycle flexible ring carriers,keeping them out of landfills and instead giving them a second life and new purpose.

Not only are you helping the environment, but the waste you recycle with us also helps to fund schools or organisations.

Be Kind Magazine

Be Kind is a monthly magazine packed with inspiring ideas to help improve our environment and sustainability. Creating a better planet for everyone.

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One Green Planet
One Green Planet is a platform for the growing compassionate and eco-conscious generation.

Our goal is to help create a world where we eat delicious food and use amazing products that provide us with maximum benefit and have minimum impact on the planet.

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Collection Bins

We have separate bins for:

  • Crisp Packets
  • Pringle Tubes
  • Ring Pulls For Cans
  • Bread Bags
  • Ring Carriers — We are collecting these items which will be sent to Terracycle for recycling click here to read more about this programme

The Kind Store

Founded by Natasha Tyler, they believe everybody can make a difference and we all have the power to instigate change. By making small achievable changes to your daily life, you will have a big impact on the environment, animals and yourself! Where you spend your money will shape the world we live.

Ecosia

Ecosia is a search engine just like Google but with a big difference.

Ecosia uses the ad revenue from your searches to plant trees where they are needed the most. By searching with Ecosia, you’re not only reforesting our planet, but you’re also empowering the communities around our planting projects to build a better future for themselves. Give it a try!

Where to find Fairtrade chocolate

Thankfully we can make a difference. We can buy Fairtrade chocolate and give cocoa farmers a better deal. And here’s where you can do it.

Back from the Brink
Back from the Brink is one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever undertaken.
Its aim – to save 20 species from extinction and benefit over 200 more through 19 projects that span England; from the tip of Cornwall to Northumberland.

It’s the first time ever that so many conservation organisations have come together with one focus in mind – to bring back from the brink of extinction some of England’s most threatened species of animal, plant and fungi. Explore the diverse projects below to find out more about the special species we’ll be saving, the places we’re be working and how you can get involved and make a difference.

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Unwrapped

In 1989 The Prospects Trust swung open its farm gates to new opportunities for people with additional needs on an 18 acre organic site near Reach, Cambridgeshire. A farm shop with a retail difference. Imagine a place where you can buy just what you need not the latest BOGOF? Imagine a place where the cucumbers don’t come shrink wrapped? Imagine a place that supports people with additional needs to learn new skills and play an economic role in their own community. Imagine a place that banishes single use plastics? Imagine a place where you can buy fresh produce with a local footfall?

Melissa Hemsley

A food writer who celebrates healthy ethical food, a fair-trade ambassador and provides Sustainability Sessions for a greener lifestyle

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The Source Bulk Foods

Whether you are a foodie or looking to reduce the waste in your daily shop, they are the place for you. They have over 450 bulk foods including organic wholefoods, cooking liquids and oils, healthy snacks and sustainable personal and household products. All plastic free to make your zero waste journey easier.

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The Kindness Co-op
The Kindness Co-op started life in 2014 as The Wee Store. It was re-launched and re-branded in September 2018 in an effort to become more socially responsible, for example sourcing organic clothing that has been locally screen printed with our own designs.

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WWF – DISCOVER A WORLD OF WILDLIFE IN YOUR GARDEN

You don’t have to travel far to find weird and beautiful wildlife. Your garden, local park, street tree, window box or the verge alongside a local footpath are rich ecosystems filled with species that live alongside us. With the free Seek app you’ll be able to identify any living thing in your patch – plants, flowers, insects, fungi, birds and animals. It’s like having a naturalist in your pocket! When you ID a species you’ll be able to find out all about it, and see how common or rare it is for your area and the time of year.

Find out more and download the app

Doing our bit to reduce food waste

Roots and Shoots
Their mission is to empower young people to affect positive change in their communities. You can help build a better tomorrow. It starts right here. Right now.
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The Jane Goodall Institute
The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, their founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.

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Zero-Living

Founded in 2018 after struggling to find a place to shop for well-designed products from sustainable sources Natalie started Zero-Living.

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Giki

Giki’s mission is to help people live more sustainably. The Giki Badges app does this by awarding badges to UK supermarket products based on sustainability, health and fairness where they meet our criteria.

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My Green Pod
My Green Pod Ltd is an independent, family-run UK business, founded by Katie Hill and Jarvis Smith. We want to share the real stories behind the brands and people working tirelessly to offer ethical alternatives to mainstream products and services.

You might not see these options on the high street and they may not be the first to appear in online searches.

They meet and connect personally with the owners of the companies they work with. They do this because they believe authentically ethical products and services can only be produced and supplied with conscious, heartfelt intent.

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Enjoy all your favourite magazines for FREE!
Prime Impact Magazines are the conscious platform of the digital world – bringing ethics and compassion to an ever-expanding online platform. Their titles – Be Kind, Plantbased, Vegan Life and OM Yoga – appeal to vast audiences that are all united with a moral mind-set and are read by thousands each month.

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TED Ed
We are connected to nature in everything we do, right down to the shirts on our backs! Each year, we sell and buy two billion t-shirts globally, making it one of the most common garments in the world. But how and where is the average t-shirt made, and what’s its environmental impact? Angel Chang traces the life cycle of a t-shirt. After the video, continue onto other sections to learn more, interact, act and share.

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Orangutans are endangered and at risk of extinction. Habitat destruction means hundreds of orphan orangutans need care every year.

As consumers, we need to use our power at the checkout to continue to drive change in the palm oil industry. Pushing companies to only buy certified sustainable palm oil is one clear way of doing this.

This is why orangutans.com.au are pleased to be able to offer you access to their updated Palm Oil Free & Certified Sustainable Palm Oil List. We hope that this will help you make an informative choice about the products you purchase in the future, if you so choose.

DOWNLOAD YOUR PALM OIL FREE & CSPO LIST HERE

Create a high home for swifts
Set up a nestbox to give summer-visiting swifts a place to nest and breed year after year.
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