Ethique: Natural and ethical soaps to handle all your cleansing needs without plastic

Many are now ditching shower gels, shampoos and conditioners and switching to the original soap bar in order to handle their cleansing needs and make a sustainable choice. New Zealand-based brand Ethique offer palm oil-free, plastic-free and sustainable soap bars which fit a variety of household needs – from hair and beauty, pets to laundry. All Ethique products use ethically sourced, naturally-derived and sustainable ingredients. … Continue reading Ethique: Natural and ethical soaps to handle all your cleansing needs without plastic

Wecyclers: Lagos’s incentive-based recycling program helping to stop waste piling up on the streets

Wecyclers is an innovative social enterprise using an incentive-based program to help solve Lagos’s acute waste management problem. Each week, Wecyclers’ cyclists go round low-income neighborhoods in Lagos, Nigeria to pick up recyclable trash from registered households. Items such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans and plastic sachets are all weighed and logged on site, and from there are taken to a specific sorting area where they’re … Continue reading Wecyclers: Lagos’s incentive-based recycling program helping to stop waste piling up on the streets

The race to rescue Mexico’s ancient floating farms, chinampas

Chinampas are floating farms whose history pre-dates the Aztecs even. Early Mesoamericans built the floating farms, which provided fertile land for crops, near modern-day Mexico City. Xochimilco, on the far southern edge of Mexico City, is best-known as the “Mexican Venice” for its canals and brightly colored boats where locals and tourists gather. It is also home to the remaining chinampas. To this day, the … Continue reading The race to rescue Mexico’s ancient floating farms, chinampas

Our Green Future: Activities for children to learn about sustainable living

Our Green Future is a week of daily activities for children to learn all about sustainability and eco-friendly living. Coinciding with half-term, the events take place at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh from 14-19 October. Children and parents can learn about wildlife conservation, renewable energy and recycling. Our Green Future Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea Continue reading Our Green Future: Activities for children to learn about sustainable living

Wake up and smell the coffee: What consumers need to be aware of about the story behind that cup of joe

For coffee consumers the world over, that first cup of morning Joe is “heavenly”, but behind the scenes and for many coffee producers, their situation is far from “heavenly”. Coffee prices have slid to 12-year lows, mainly due to a record harvest crop in Brazil, the world’s largest producer of coffee, and weakening Brazilian currency. That may be good for consumers, but it’s not for coffee … Continue reading Wake up and smell the coffee: What consumers need to be aware of about the story behind that cup of joe

Ochis Coffee develop sunglasses frames made from natural coffee and flax

Entrepreneurs are finding innovative ways to make use of old coffee grounds, and now sunglasses can be added to the list. Ochis Coffee has created the world’s first organic sunglasses made from natural coffee and flax. The handmade frame completely degrades in soil or water, 100 times faster than plastic turning into a natural fertiliser for new plant growth. The environmentally friendly frames – which comes … Continue reading Ochis Coffee develop sunglasses frames made from natural coffee and flax

Konohana Family: Sustainable community on the foot of Mt. Fuji living a natural existence

Konohana Family is a sustainable community – based at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan – is home to more than 60 people who cultivate over 250 rice and vegetable crops across 16 hectares. The sustainable community practices organic agriculture, and does not use any chemical fertilisers, agricultural chemicals, or genetically modified technology. Konohana Family, who say they have “borrowed the land for free … Continue reading Konohana Family: Sustainable community on the foot of Mt. Fuji living a natural existence

Use Less Plastic in Your Home [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

What exactly does it mean to throw something “away”? First of all, “away” isn’t in a land far, far away. It’s somewhere in our environment where we live, eat, sleep, and play. Every day, garbage is shoved into giant holes called landfills – right here on planet Earth. So, how can you use less plastic in your home? Here are some tips. via Use Less Plastic … Continue reading Use Less Plastic in Your Home [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Myro’s refillable plant-powered deodorants

Want to smell good and do good? Myro have created an environmentally-friendly, plant-powered deodorant with no aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and that is refillable. The refillable deodorant system features a moulded refillable case, available in mix-and-match colours, which houses the deodorant pod. Crafted with the planet in mind, the idea is that the wearer removes the deodorant pod, which is fully recyclable, when it runs out … Continue reading Myro’s refillable plant-powered deodorants

Bring Back Heavy Metal campaign calls on households to recycle batteries

Bring Back Heavy Metal is a campaign to get UK households to bring their old batteries to recycling points, since heavy metals found in batteries can be reused. Household batteries contain heavy metals including lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium. The heavy metals found in batteries can be reused, however millions of batteries end up in landfill where they go unused and cause damage to … Continue reading Bring Back Heavy Metal campaign calls on households to recycle batteries