Arthur Potts Dawson: The “original Green chef” helping to change the dynamics of the food industry

Arthur Potts Dawson, the “original Green chef” as Jamie Oliver once penned him, has long championed sustainable practices within the food and catering industry from his creation of “sustainably aware urban restaurants”, being an advocate for “wonky fruit and veg”, making use of everything in the kitchen long before it became coined “zero waste”, through to founding a supermarket “for the people, by the people”. … Continue reading Arthur Potts Dawson: The “original Green chef” helping to change the dynamics of the food industry

E-Waste and what we can do about it

The electronic waste is getting out of our hands. Every 18 months we change mobile phones and our computers every 2 years. Are we aware of what are they made of and where do they end up? And most importantly: What can we, as individuals, do to reduce it? On this post you’ll find an infographic with some numbers and solutions we can contribute to … Continue reading E-Waste and what we can do about it

bio-bean’s vision to turn the waste of 1 in 2 cups of coffee drank in the UK into biofuels

Green energy pioneers bio-bean, who are at the forefront of recycling waste coffee grounds, is currently capturing the waste from one in 10 cups of coffee drank in the UK and turning them into biofuels. With its pioneering technologies of turning used coffee grounds into a cheap, renewable fuel that can be used in wood-burning stoves, bio-bean hope to extend its capture of coffee waste to 1 … Continue reading bio-bean’s vision to turn the waste of 1 in 2 cups of coffee drank in the UK into biofuels

WASTED: Inspiring neighbourhood “labs” and rewards for recycling plastic

Amsterdam Noord-based WASTED is a neighbourhood laboratory that is turning plastic “trash into treasure”. Under the WASTED initiative, community members, businesses and cultural organisations help to collect plastic in the neighbourhood. The plastic is then taken to the WASTED Laboratory where using machines, plastic is reprocessed in order to create new items for the community. WASTED give points to community members for every bag of … Continue reading WASTED: Inspiring neighbourhood “labs” and rewards for recycling plastic

RUSS: Community-led development creating sustainable homes in Lewisham, south London

Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS), a volunteer-led Community Land Trust based in south London, is working on a project to create 33 new sustainable, high quality homes in the area which will reduce the communities’ dependence on fossil fuels, increase food security, encourage bio-diversity and provide affordable housing for Londoners. RUSS’ first project at Church Grove in Ladywell is a pioneering community-led development in south London. RUSS is … Continue reading RUSS: Community-led development creating sustainable homes in Lewisham, south London

RiverBlue: Can fashion save the planet?

Documentary film RiverBlue is putting the iconic fashion item of blue jeans under the spotlight to unveil its contribution to the destruction of the world’s rivers and its effect on humanity. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, RiverBlue brings to light the impact that the manufacturing clothing has on rivers, and the impact its had on people who … Continue reading RiverBlue: Can fashion save the planet?

The Story of Stuff: Microfibers from washing clothes, another ocean pollutant

The Story of Stuff’s latest film is explaining how the tiny bits of synthetic fibers washing off clothes – think polyester yoga pants, fleeces and underwear even, among others – are creating an environmental catastrophe in the oceans. These microfiber pieces are smaller than a grain of rice, measuring less than 5mm in length, which mean they cannot be filtered out by washing machines or even … Continue reading The Story of Stuff: Microfibers from washing clothes, another ocean pollutant

Ten-year-old designs a renewable-powered tiny home for $10

A renewable-powered tiny home, made from reclaimed materials, has been created by a fifth-grader as part of a school project. Callie Hilton, 10, designed Callie’s Coop as an off-grid mobile shelter powered via a small solar panel, which includes a composting toilet, solar oven and rainwater capturing system. The innovative and genius tiny home was created, designed and built by the 10-year old, Callie Hilton, … Continue reading Ten-year-old designs a renewable-powered tiny home for $10

A Plastic Ocean: Documentary looks at workable solutions to plastic pollution

Award-winning documentary movie, A Plastic Ocean, examines the global effects of plastic pollution and introduces the world to workable solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better. In A Plastic Ocean, an international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly … Continue reading A Plastic Ocean: Documentary looks at workable solutions to plastic pollution

Grass Roots Remedies: Sustainable community healthcare in Scotland

Herbalism is the oldest form of medicine known and in its belief that “herbal medicine is the medicine of the people, and should be accessible to everyone”, the Edinburgh-based Grass Roots Remedies have created a low cost herbal clinic and run courses so people can practice herbalism at home, whilst promoting ecologically responsible herbalism. Set up with the aim to give back to the Earth that … Continue reading Grass Roots Remedies: Sustainable community healthcare in Scotland