Self-builds: Natural swimming pool made using larch wood

When a woodsman and eco-builder and a DIY natural swimming pool champion come together, you get a self-build match made in heaven – a stunning, eco-friendly organic pool made from larch wood. Woodsman, author and natural eco-builder, Ben Law, created the natural swimming pool at his home in the woods, Prickly Nut Wood, a working coppice woodland in West Sussex, UK. Ben Law enlisted the … Continue reading Self-builds: Natural swimming pool made using larch wood

Climate Change Coloring Book: Making knowledge and awareness accessible to all

A colouring in book has been chosen as a format to provide information about climate change and the underlying issues, which kids and adults alike can understand and learn from. The Climate Change Coloring Book, developed by data artist and computer scientist Brian Foo, is an engaging and insightful book of activities, which are drawn from “data and research from authoritative sources” including NASA. These activities illustrate climate change … Continue reading Climate Change Coloring Book: Making knowledge and awareness accessible to all

Earth Day fact file

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. For 2017, the theme for Earth Day is “Environmental & Climate Literacy”. The goal is to make sure that by 2020, students graduating high school are climate and environment literate. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. On the … Continue reading Earth Day fact file

Windy City Harvest Youth Farm: Learning life skills in urban farming and sustainable agriculture

Urban farming programs like Chicago’s Windy City Harvest Youth Farm are skilling up teenagers in sustainable horticulture and urban agriculture so they can grow food responsibly, work as a team, advocate for food justice, eat in a healthy way, and support the development of a socially just food economy in their area. Each year Windy City Harvest trains and employs between 80 and 90 young adults … Continue reading Windy City Harvest Youth Farm: Learning life skills in urban farming and sustainable agriculture

ReTuna Recycling Galleria: The “world’s first ever” mall selling only recycled and upcycled goods

Sweden’s ReTuna Recycling Galleria is the world’s first ever shopping mall where shoppers can find only reclaimed, recycled and upcycled products. ReTuna Recycling Galleria, located in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, is host to 14 stores, a restaurant serving organic food, and a conference centre. The idea behind ReTuna Recycling Galleria is that customers visit the mall where they can donate old furniture and clothing … Continue reading ReTuna Recycling Galleria: The “world’s first ever” mall selling only recycled and upcycled goods

Dave Hakkens: “Tackling problems” like waste with simple and effective ideas

Dutch designer Dave Hakkens is “always trying to tackle problems” through the sharing of ideas with the world. Through his projects, Dave Hakkens has brought knowledge of how anyone in the world can create their own machine to recycle plastic and turn the material into useful products; created a modular phone in order to change the way electronics are made so there’s less waste; and … Continue reading Dave Hakkens: “Tackling problems” like waste with simple and effective ideas

Precious Plastic: Knowledge base on how to start your own local plastic recycling workshop

Precious Plastic is helping people around the world to start their own little plastic recycling workshop by sharing knowledge on how to create recycling machines using basic materials, tools, and universal parts. Using the DIY machines, Precious Plastic provides video tutorials on how one can recycle plastic in to different goods including bowls, boxes, door handles, kids toys, tools, raw material, and hats even. Precious Plastic, … Continue reading Precious Plastic: Knowledge base on how to start your own local plastic recycling workshop

The Nomadic Community Gardens, London’s hidden artistic oasis

It’s been a year since we last featured the ever evolving feast that is the Nomadic community gardens which as its name suggests is a community project which can be found nestling behind Brick Lane on a patch of scrubland in between two railway lines. The resulting development of this space over the past few years […] via The Nomadic Community Gardens, London’s hidden artistic oasis … Continue reading The Nomadic Community Gardens, London’s hidden artistic oasis

Brixton Pound: A community currency success story

Community currencies are local based exchanges, which do not replace but rather supplement the national currency system, designed to support local businesses and encourage local trade and production. The Brixton Pound, available to spend in over 250 local shops in the South London neighbourhood, is one such example of a local community currency flourishing. The founders of the Brixton Pound wanted to do something to stop 80p … Continue reading Brixton Pound: A community currency success story