Areas in Rwanada is carpeted with banana trees. Although the bananas have a clear use, the rest of the tree does not. That’s where a wonderful group of students from Enactus at Newcastle University came in. They worked closely with a village in Rwanda to create nappies and sanatary towels from what would otherwise be waste products. Not only do the villagers now have a sustainable product, they have a sustainable business that they can continue once their British students return home.

As someone who loves Japanese cuisine but worries about the amount of chemicals and preservatives found in everyday food, I’ve found a range which is perfect! Organic ranges of Japanese food haven’t traditionally been as freely available to buy in supermarkets, but Clearspring is a brand which sells everything from snacks on the go to the basics of a full Japanese meal – at Sainsbury’s and Waitrose and online at

Green-minded people may cringe when thinking about the heavy ecological footprint of their dairy milk habit. Milk now has more non-dairy alternatives than ever, including its quieter cousin, hemp milk.

Hemp milk has steadily become more mainstream in recent years and is now available at many regular supermarkets. The seeds of the hemp plant do not contain THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The drink looks and tastes similar to dairy milk but is made by blending hemp seeds and water and straining out the pulp. The result is a creamy, protein-rich beverage with a nutty flavor that tastes great on its own or mixed in coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Non-allergenic, it’s a healthy alternative for those with an intolerance for dairy, nuts, soy, or gluten.