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Maintaining a positive mindset in lockdown with Renée Elliott, Founder, Planet Organic & Beluga Bean

About This Episode

In this episode of Change Makers, Michael brings you a fascinating interview with Planet Organic founder Reneé Elliott who gives her top tips for maintaining a positive mindset through lockdown, why you should always put yourself first, and says why she believes the lessons of lockdown will enable us to tackle other great challenges ahead.

Renée Elliott

In 1995, Renée Elliott founded Planet Organic, the first organic supermarket in the UK and now a successful multi-million-pound brand. From an early age she was asking: is there a better way? And she has been committed to that ethos ever since. Hers is a healthy living story that has created a haven for food and encouraged more of us to make the right choices. Together with Sam Wigan, she is co-founder of business and life skills academy Beluga Bean.

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper.



What are you watching in lockdown?


Name your top five ‘lockdown tracks’

Happy by Pharrell Williams

I Feel Pretty from Westside Story

Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa

South of the Border by Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello & Cardi B

Higher Love by Whitney Houston & Kygo’s.


In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Living the slower, sweeter, kinder life that champions wellbeing for me and my family.


Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Anita Roddick, a passionate, dynamic, thoughtful woman who pioneered and campaigned for values-led body care.

What is your best tip for life ?

Trust your gut (not your head).

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