Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

A Southern Italy-based bookseller is encouraging children to read while doing something for the environment by offering free books to those who bring him one plastic bottle and one aluminum can to recycle. Michele Gentile, who founded the Ex Libris Cafe bookshop in Polla, a small town near Salerno, told CNN his goal is to spread passion for books and a love for reading among those … Continue reading Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

DIY Jar Candles from leftover candle wax, wicks and jars

Candles add a lovely ambiance to a home and if they are scented, keep a room smelling fresh. If you love candles, but are concerned about leftover waste from candle wax or removing leftover wax from a jar, fret not as you can recycle every single part of a used candle, including the wick holder from a tea light even. Check out the below video … Continue reading DIY Jar Candles from leftover candle wax, wicks and jars

LifeSwap: Building a community for people in the UK living off-grid and thinking of living off-grid

Living off the grid – in off-grid homes ranging from caravans, cabins, cob houses, vans and modern eco-friendly homes – is on the rise in the UK. For those wanting to live a simple, sustainable and self-sufficient existence, off-grid living and alternative living can be challenging but fulfilling nonetheless. LifeSwap is creating a community of like-minded individuals who are living the off-grid or alternative lifestyles. … Continue reading LifeSwap: Building a community for people in the UK living off-grid and thinking of living off-grid

EcoSouk: Lebanon welcomes its first permanent zero-waste store

A souk of a different kind has opened up in Beirut. The city that was at the height of a “trash crisis” in 2015 has welcomed Lebanon’s first permanent zero-waste store, EcoSouk. EcoSouk is the brainchild of Recycle Lebanon, a nongovernmental organisation founded to find sustainable and eco-friendly solutions to the garbage crisis in Lebanon. EcoSouk sells a range of eco-friendly products including upcycled jewellery, organic honey, meswaks (dentist-approved teeth … Continue reading EcoSouk: Lebanon welcomes its first permanent zero-waste store

BeeBlue: Creating functional products – soap, beer and bicycle crates – from waste products

BeeBlue is an Amsterdam-based collective working to upcycle waste – including used coffee grounds, orange peel, bread and plastic – into products with a positive impact on nature, society and economy. Among BeeBlue’s products are Toost, a beer brewed from bread that had otherwise been thrown away, and Upcrate, a bicycle crate made of 100% plastic waste. But the most standout and the one gaining popularity is SOOP – … Continue reading BeeBlue: Creating functional products – soap, beer and bicycle crates – from waste products

Putting Down Roots: Documentary shows communities restoring diverse forests once stripped of their trees

Putting Down Roots is a short film which focuses on communities who are restoring diverse forests in areas that were once stripped of their trees. From the remote Scottish coast to the foothills of the Himalayas to the Xingu basin in the Amazon, Putting Down Roots shows how stopping deforestation and restoring forests prevents emissions, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and transforms lives. Forests cover 30% of … Continue reading Putting Down Roots: Documentary shows communities restoring diverse forests once stripped of their trees

Student develops way to extract essential oils from India’s floral waste

Around two million tonnes of flowers in India are discarded every day after religious ceremonies at temples and mosques. The floral waste – everything from marigolds, carnations and roses – can be difficult to dispose of and often end up in rivers such as the Ganges. Now eco-entrepreneur and chemical engineer, Parimala Shivaprasad believes she has found a solution in a by-product of the floral waste. The 26-year-old … Continue reading Student develops way to extract essential oils from India’s floral waste

Plastic Whale create whale-inspired circular office furniture from plastic fished from Amsterdam canals

Plastic fishing company, Plastic Whale have teamed up with office furniture designers, Vepa, to produce high-end furniture made from fished plastic from the Amsterdam canals. The Plastic Whale Circular Furniture collection consists of a boardroom table, a chair, lamps and acoustic wall panels – all made from plastic fished out of Amsterdam’s canals. Circularity was central to the team of designers at Vepa, who sought their … Continue reading Plastic Whale create whale-inspired circular office furniture from plastic fished from Amsterdam canals

UglyGood: Singapore-based startup transforming fruit waste into valuable products

Fruit pulps and peels are often discarded as waste, yet the pulps and peels have a multitude of uses. That’s where Singapore brand UglyGood come in – turning fruit waste into valuable resources such as natural cleaning products and animal feed for use by wildlife organisations. UglyGood is a startup that recycles and upcycles organic waste into quality products, with the goal of building a … Continue reading UglyGood: Singapore-based startup transforming fruit waste into valuable products

Elephant Seals reclaim land from humans at California beach during US government shutdown

Mother Nature is a mighty force and so too are her children so during the US Government shutdown, an elephant seal colony in the Bay Area, California reclaimed their land from humans. Elephant seals and pups took over at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore, knocking down a fence and moving into the parking lot, where they remained lounging in the sand after the … Continue reading Elephant Seals reclaim land from humans at California beach during US government shutdown