#BeeTheChange is something we're excited about for 2018. A series of short conversations and discussions about the changes we can all make in our lives and businesses to #BeeTheChange we want to see in the world. We'll be keeping you posted on the changes we make at Green&Blue and we'll also be talking to stockists, suppliers and friends of the company about the changes they are looking to make. Starting with Green&Blue stockists and Glass blowers, Shakspeare Glass. Hello, and thanks for taking a few minutes to answer some questions. Letâ€™s start with who you are and an introduction to your business. Iâ€™m Kate Shakspeare and my husband and I run Shakspeare Glass, based in Langport, Somerset. We blow handmade contemporary glass using recycled crystal. We have a gallery, factory shop and workshop with a small coffee shop beside the River Parrett. How much does sustainability and the environment affect decisions you make in your business? Being beside the river in the heart of the Somerset Levels we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and wildlife. The cranes fly over us regularly, otters are in the river and kingfishers are a regular sight from our coffee shop deck. We want to keep it this way so we are always thinking about our impact on the environment. As well as our own glass we sell work by other British makers. Everything is made in the UK, and by small independent businesses like ours, people who live and work here and care about the environment. We also supply our glass to galleries and shops in the British Isles and most of our packaging materials are recycled. And I drive an electric car â€“ I love it! Can you tell us about any changes youâ€™re making this year to reduce your impact as a business, and as a householder as well? One change we have implemented this January is to try and minimise our plastic wastage. Our coffee shop is very small and an added extra for our visitors but we still use on average 10 large plastic milk bottles a week. That's over 500 a year! We are now having milk delivered in glass bottles, the empties collected. It takes more organising and planning but worth it. Our son became a vegetarian a few months ago so, as a family, we are eating less meat and thinking about where what we do eat has come from and how it is sold to us. For home, I am buying Lush shampoo and conditioner bars and making better use of the greengrocer for all fruit and vegetables Is there anything thatâ€™s surprised you as you start to make these changes? How supportive of change our customers are â€“ even if it means we have had to put our coffee prices up a bit. And, how shocking it is that we, as a small business, were producing so many empty plastic milk bottles. And if you had one tip to pass on, or one change you would advise everyone to adopt, what would it be? Start small and donâ€™t be put off. To begin donâ€™t worry about the detail as anything recycled is better than nothing recycled, and then go from there. It is second nature for me to take a carrier bag with me shopping as it is with so many people now. Thanks so much to Kate for her time, we'll keep you posted on how they get on and you can keep in touch via their facebook, instagram or twitter pages. And we'd love to hear what changes you might be making this year to #BeeTheChange you want to see. Join in the conversation and let this be the year we start to make right some of the wrongs.