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Joanna Lumley, 74, could just about be seen as she posed alongside a sea of rubbish, in a bid to make the public aware of the effect household rubbish is having on our planet. The Absolutely Fabulous actress appeared chic despite the grim background, wearing a duck egg blue coat teamed with a chiffon dress for one striking shot.

No reason for anyone to be hiding their green guilt

Joanna Lumley

The photos of Joanna were shot by Paul McCartney’s daughter Mary McCartney, as she gave her top eco tips for BRITA’S 10 steps to Greening Good Guide.

She said: “There is no reason for anybody to be hiding their green guilt. 

“Even the smallest household changes can have the biggest impact.

“From making and mending clothes, to swapping bottled water to a BRITA filter to get great tasting filtered water from the tap, I want to urge everyone to read the BRITA 10 Steps to Greening Good Guide and do their bit to make a small change, which will make a big difference – you’ll feel great for it,” she added.

It comes as Brita research showed the extent of Britain’s waste problem and their top “green resolutions”.

The study revealed that single-use plastic, food and water waste and forgetting a reusable shopping bag are the things that Brits feel most guilty about

With COVID-19 cited as exacerbating the issue with a quarter (26 per cent) citing that disposable masks, sanitiser and PPE has meant they are unable to reduce household waste.

While two-thirds (65 per cent) want to be more sustainable in order to help the future of the planet and two in five have committed to stop buying fast fashion in order to do so.

Joanna has long been passionate about climate change and is a patron of environmental charity Tree Air, who seek to reverse deforestation.

It aims to support 1,000 women to set up small businesses selling butter and honey, while training them to replant forests that can yield food for them to eat and sell.

Joanna is a patron of the Bristol-based group — and points out that tackling climate change is the same mission as that which battles poverty.

“I have been supporting Tree Aid for more than 25 years because it provides such an effective, practical solution to the urgent issues of poverty in Africa and the environmental decline that so often causes it,” she said in a statement. 

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“Trees are being wiped from the landscape in the African drylands and the desert is spreading, making it harder for people, especially women, to feed their families and earn an income. 

“If ever there was a time to support a local organisation working on global issues, it is now.”

Joanna has supported the cause since 1987, around the same time she was suggested to be the first woman to play Doctor Who.

Since then Tree Aid has helped more than 1.2 million people plant more than 16 million trees.

Meanwhile, Joanna has also spoken out on her fellow conservationists Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, after they held a landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During their chat, the Duchess of Sussex claimed issues with her mental health were ignored by palace officials, while she also said that a member of the family raised concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone might be.

Joanna later told Jeremy Vine last Friday: “It did seem to me a bit one-sided, because everybody knows that the Royal Family can’t really answer back.

“So I was anxious not to watch it actually.

“I didn’t want to watch the programme and didn’t watch the interview programme, but you can’t avoid it because everybody’s talking about it.”

To follow advice from sustainability agony aunt, Joanna Lumley, and read the BRITA 10 Steps to Greening Good Guide, visit

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