By now, most of us know that we should be trying to fly less. Travelling by aeroplane accounts for 2% of total global greenhouse gas emissions, and those 39.4 million annual flights pump out toxic nitrogen oxide, cancer-causing exhaust particulates and carbon dioxide; the latter of which absorbs heat and re-emits it back to earth.  

But for most people – with beloved friends and family often spread across the globe – completely quitting on flying is unlikely to be an option. So what can we do to reduce the impact of our aviation travel?

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It’s a sad fact that beneath the sparkle and glitter, Christmas can be an exceptionally wasteful time of year. From the hundreds of miles of wrapping paper discarded after Christmas morning, to the thousands of throwaway stocking fillers wrapped in single-use plastic, the waste created during the season of goodwill is enough to make anyone wince.

But there is an easy way for food & drink lovers to skip the eco-guilt that comes with splurging on unnecessary gifts whilst also helping support their local food and drink producers and indie restauranteurs.

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Like clockwork, the shops are filling up with glitter, faux fur and sequins – which can mean only one thing; Christmas party season is just around the corner!

But this is 2019, and the environmentally damaging effects of fast fashion more widely understood than ever. Many people are shunning the high street and choosing sustainable shopping options instead. If you’re hoping to do the same, here are some of the best places to start…

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The 21st edition of Abergavenny Food Festival takes place across the Monmouthshire market town this weekend (21st & 22nd September), promising a packed schedule of feasts, forages, tasting workshops, chef demos, markets – and loads more. 

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