Young Peruvians design biodegradable plates from banana leaf

A group of young Peruvians have created biodegradable plates from banana leaves under a project known as Bio Plant. The banana leaf plates are also made with paper and cardboard cellulose, and can decompose by itself within 60 days. The disposable plates, which are designed to be an alternative to single-use plastics, are also resistant to various temperatures, liquids and any type of food. According to … Continue reading Young Peruvians design biodegradable plates from banana leaf

Forest Tales: Great Big Story meets people who’ve made the forests central to their lives

Forests have a positive impact on people all over the world – from natives who call the forest home, nature lovers who reap its healing benefits, through to kids who adore the natural playground. In the short film below, Great Big Story meets individuals who have made the forest a central part of their lives. They include Warrick Mitchell who lives off the land in … Continue reading Forest Tales: Great Big Story meets people who’ve made the forests central to their lives

Stroodles: The environmentally-friendly pasta straw

Simple and ingenious ideas are coming out of people’s desire to protect the planet, and the latest innovation in straws comes in the form of the Stroodles, made entirely from pasta. The pasta straw, which is made from durum wheat and water, is the latest sustainable straw solution to hit the market, as a solution to both single-used plastics and paper straws which can get … Continue reading Stroodles: The environmentally-friendly pasta straw

Indigenous teens from Canada’s Northwest Territories invited to show their self-shoot documentary on climate change at UN conference

Indigenous teenagers from Tuktoyaktuk in North Canada have been invited to show a documentary they made on climate change at a United Nations convention this December. The 20-minute documentary, Happening to Us, looks at the impact of climate change within their community, where the coastline has eroded to the point that houses are at risk of falling into the ocean and have to be moved. Tuktoyaktuk, … Continue reading Indigenous teens from Canada’s Northwest Territories invited to show their self-shoot documentary on climate change at UN conference

Sir David Attenborough calls for a Nature Recovery Network in the UK in new film by The Wildlife Trusts

Sir David Attenborough has called for new laws to ensure the UK’s wild places can thrive once more and for a Nature Recovery Network. In a new film by The Wildlife Trusts, Sir David Attenborough said: “A wildlife-rich natural world is vital for our wellbeing and survival. We need wild places to thrive. Yet many of our systems and laws have failed the natural world. … Continue reading Sir David Attenborough calls for a Nature Recovery Network in the UK in new film by The Wildlife Trusts

Tanzanian farmers benefit from fast, sustainable method of regreening degraded farmland starting with kisiki hai or living stump

Dutch nonprofit Justdiggit is assiting farmers in Tanzania to re-green their farmland and reverse climate change through “kisiki hai” meaning “living stump” – which is a fast, low cost and sustainable method of regreening degraded landscapes. By using the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) method and re-introducing rainwater harvesting practices, Justdiggit aims to restore soils, re-green the area and improve the productivity of the land … Continue reading Tanzanian farmers benefit from fast, sustainable method of regreening degraded farmland starting with kisiki hai or living stump

Native Spirit Film Festival: London hosts screenings of Indigenous films and talks by filmmakers

Native Spirit Film Festival returns to London presenting contemporary Indigenous Film, Native Media and Artists from 12 October. For nine days, from 12-20 October, around 100 movies made by Indigenous filmmakers in every corner of the planet will be screened in venues across London. They include Nigerian Yoruba, Filipino T’boli, Native American Mohawk, and Finnish Sámi. Many of the artists featured in the movies and … Continue reading Native Spirit Film Festival: London hosts screenings of Indigenous films and talks by filmmakers

Acorn Vase: Witness the growing process of an acorn into an oak tree from your home then replant outdoors

Autumn is the time to collect acorns and if you are wanting to witness the early stages in the growth cycle of an acorn tree, the Acorn Vase will enable you to do just that with one of the acorns you’ve collected. The beautifully designed Acorn Vase, made from borosilicate glass, is shaped like a dome with a small funnel opening at the top where … Continue reading Acorn Vase: Witness the growing process of an acorn into an oak tree from your home then replant outdoors

Granbyware: Ceramic Dinnerware made from ceramic, glass and stone waste

Granby Workshop have taken crushed glass, old tiles, factory sludge and other waste destined for landfill and turned it into 100% recycled ceramic tableware. The ceramics manufacturer, based in Liverpool, tested numerous materials from waste streams before coming up with the winning formula for Granbyware. Granby Workshop said: “We set out to develop our recipe entirely from waste and nothing else – not a single gram … Continue reading Granbyware: Ceramic Dinnerware made from ceramic, glass and stone waste