“My Sustainable Life”, a new series by the Independent, looks at how famous figures take steps in their daily lives to make a more sustainable world. Drawing from the worlds of politics, fashion, music and beyond, the figures are interviewed about how they have adjusted their habits to living sustainably – helping to inspire others to do the same.
Last week, Monty Don, lead presenter of the BBC gardening television series Gardeners’ World urged gardeners across the country not to cut their grass, but just let it grow. A messier lawn creates a much better environment for insects and little creatures, which in turn create a much better environment for us.
The British tradition of families getting together to watch Queen’s message on Christmas Day is one, I’ll confess, I wasn’t familiar with before I moved to the UK. It’s exactly the kind of quaint Britishness we read about from afar or watch in Richard Curtis films. So much so, that I couldn’t quite get my head around it.
Finding the ideal gift can be often time consuming and overwhelming. Avoid the festive crowds as Sublime unwraps the perfect presents that do not require refunds or exchanges.
Is the pen mightier than the virus? Could the ancient low-tech practice of writing be an answer to the high-tech, high-stress demands of our digital lifestyles? Can keeping a journal sustain you through seasons of isolation and social distancing, while facing an uncertain future?