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University Mental Health Day 2021

A 2020 report by Randstad into student wellbeing found that 37% of students experienced a decline in their mental wellbeing since starting higher education. In addition to students reporting a decline in mental wellbeing since starting higher education, 2020 and the Coronavirus pandemic has brought additional challenges. Almost ¾ of students reported their mental health to have declined during lockdown. Having graduated from university in July 2020, student and graduate mental health is something I am very passionate about. For University Mental Health Day 2021, I wanted to explore the issues affecting students and graduates in 2021 and how you can support students and graduates during this difficult time, including: 1. Coronavirus and living through uncertainty 2. The struggle to...

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5 Eco friendly mothers day Tips

In the UK, Mothers Day 2021 falls on the 14th of March. Lockdown and the current Coronavirus pandemic has forced us all to take a step back and assess what is really important to us and for many of us (including me) this has brought a greater appreciation for our mums and everything they do for us. In addition to bringing us a greater appreciation of our friends and family, for many of us lockdown has also brought an increased appreciation for the planet. With David Attenborough releasing his “witness statement” in the form of the documentary A Life On Our Planet in September 2020, more of us than ever are becoming aware of how our actions affect the planet...

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Sustainable Valentines Gifts

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I’ll be honest - I’m not usually somebody who celebrates Valentine’s Day. BUT, with the current lockdown in the UK, I am keen to take advantage and celebrate every possible occasion! As the founder of Sustainer Container, a sustainable gifting business, I have been considering how to make Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day gifts more sustainable. So if you want to treat the planet as well as your partner this Valentine’s Day, keep reading for my top tips for finding sustainable gifts that your partner will love! My top tips for choosing sustainable Valentine’s Day gifts include: Shopping locally for your sustainable Valentine’s gifts Practical and sustainable Valentine’s gifts Get creative with...

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Veganuary 2021 - A Guide

14.5% of man made greenhouse gas emissions are the result of livestock farmed for meat and dairy!! Christmas has been and gone and 2021 is nearly here (at last!). This year, after the coronavirus pandemic and the year that has been 2020, a fresh start and new beginning is needed more than ever. Despite bringing the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 also continued the trend of shedding more light on the issue of climate change, with more and more of us trying to do our bit for the planet. Me included! In April 2020, I launched Sustainer Container providing eco friendly gift boxes and sustainable starter kits - if you want to get a head start on your eco new year's resolutions, make sure...

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Sustainable By Design

Today's blog post is with contemporary artist and designer Helen Middleton – owner of  Helen Middleton Studio based in Cheshire. Helen creates playful, stylish furniture and  home accessories from steel and industrial waste material  Why did you start creating products from waste?  Whilst studying at University in Applied Arts I gained a strong knowledge in wood working,  metal work and ceramics. When I graduated I specialised in metal as I loved the versatility  of the material and the fact that steel is 100% recyclable. I would design the pieces and  get local manufacturers to fabricate the finished products. Last year I was exhibiting at  100% Design , London where a new and exciting opportunity came my way. I was already ...

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