New Zealand’s Mermaid Pools closed indefinitely after tourists and their trash ruin sacred site

Sacred Mermaid Pools in New Zealand have closed indefinitely to the public after human waste and litter were repeatedly left at the Māori site. The site, Te Wai o Te Taniwha, also known as Mermaid Pools, has been left desecrated by visitors who left sanitary towels, sunscreen, urine and other rubbish at the site. The Sacred Pools at Matapouri, a small town located in the Northland … Continue reading New Zealand’s Mermaid Pools closed indefinitely after tourists and their trash ruin sacred site

Cotton-derived jet fuel, made from old clothes, expected to go on trial in Japan in 2020

A cotton-derived alternative energy source, which involves transforming used clothing into jet fuel – is expected to be trialled by Japan Airlines next year. It is hoped the unique recycling project will make a big difference in a country that disposes of 1.97 million tons of textiles annually – roughly enough to fill three baseball stadiums. Japan Airlines has partnered with recycling firm Japan Environmental … Continue reading Cotton-derived jet fuel, made from old clothes, expected to go on trial in Japan in 2020

Lush Mughal gardens in Agra, India restored to their former glory

The World Monuments Fund has completed a four-year conservation project at two historic Mughal gardens in Agra, India, that had been threatened by pollution, traffic congestion and other urban ills. The sites – Mehtab Bagh and the Garden of the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah – along the Yamuna riverfront in Agra, were newly inaugurated by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the Archaeological Survey of India in … Continue reading Lush Mughal gardens in Agra, India restored to their former glory

Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: The Scarlet, Cornwall, UK

Life & Soul Magazine’s Travel Guide to Eco Spas will whet your appetite for a vacation that brings healing to holidaymakers in accommodations that work in harmony with the planet. 12. The Scarlet, Cornwall, UK Cornwall is home to some of the best beaches in the UK, and if you desire to experience some of the best coastal views within the comfort of an eco-friendly … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: The Scarlet, Cornwall, UK

Hi Fly takes to the skies with the world’s first ever “plastics-free” flight

Portuguese carrier Hi Fly has become the first airline to operate a “plastics-free” flight, in the run up to a total ban of single-use plastic from all of its flights this year. Hi Fly replaced plastic cutlery and containers with bamboo and compostable alternatives crafted from recycled material. Among the single-use plastic items that have been replaced are cups, spoons, salt and pepper shakers, packaging for … Continue reading Hi Fly takes to the skies with the world’s first ever “plastics-free” flight

St Dunstan in the East: Nature reclaims the City of London at this secluded public garden

Bank and the surrounding area of Monument is at the heart of London’s financial district. Hardly the area where one would expect to find peace, harmony and tranquility, but this is London and being one of the greenest cities in the world and quite possibly, one of the oldest cities in the world, even amidst the chaos within the City of London and its attempts … Continue reading St Dunstan in the East: Nature reclaims the City of London at this secluded public garden

Osterley Park: A jewel of nature and country-like retreat in a West London suburb

Osterley may “ring bells” given that it’s en route to Heathrow Airport and many journeys on the Piccadilly Line have likely been spent eagerly looking at the tube map counting down the last few stops to the gateway to hotter and sunnier climes. Aforementioned, my dalliance with Osterley had always been in passing. Osterley Park itself has been on my list of places to visit … Continue reading Osterley Park: A jewel of nature and country-like retreat in a West London suburb

Zerobnb.com created to get Airbnb to add a sustainable home category to its search

If you’re thinking of going on holiday and looking for somewhere eco-friendly and sustainable to stay that’s homely, check out Zerobnb.com. More of a call-to-action than an accommodation or travel service, Zerobnb.com was created with the specific aim to get Airbnb to add a new category for sustainable home options. Zerobnb.com – which was created by Finnish renewable energy company, Neste – collates sustainable homes listed by private … Continue reading Zerobnb.com created to get Airbnb to add a sustainable home category to its search

Environmental Impact of Tourism on Coastlines [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Everyone loves a beach vacation. Some of the downsides of increased tourism include resort development, boating, snorkeling, diving, and fishing, cruise ship presence, litter, coral reef damage, and even the creation of artificial beaches. These activities introduce toxins and other harmful substances, cause physical damage and sedimentation, and exploit local fish populations. Find out more about how serious the problems caused by coastal tourism have … Continue reading Environmental Impact of Tourism on Coastlines [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

The Tarot Garden: Life lessons at “a small Eden where man and nature meet” along Tuscany’s coast

Tarot decks come in all shapes, sizes, and artistic interpretations. Traditionally a deck of cards, one such artist took the art of tarot a step towards new heights by creating the Tarot Garden – featuring huge, colourful steel sculptures representing the major arcana. French artist Niki de Saint de Phalle realised her passion for the tarot by creating beautiful sculptures depicting the 22 Major Arcana of the … Continue reading The Tarot Garden: Life lessons at “a small Eden where man and nature meet” along Tuscany’s coast