The Sustainable Studio: Cardiff co-working space bringing creatives together

The Sustainable Studio is a co-working space for creatives in Cardiff breathing new life in to an old industrial warehouse. All of the studios, which were designed and built by The Sustainable Studio founders and sisters Julia Harris and Sarah Valentin, are made from reclaimed wood and its furniture, fixtures and fittings have had a previous life somewhere else. With freelancing and self-employment becoming commonplace throughout the world, The Sustainable … Continue reading The Sustainable Studio: Cardiff co-working space bringing creatives together

Louino Robillard: Haitian peacebuilder committed to reforestation and Haiti’s youth

“Peacebuilder” Louino Robillard has made it his mission to help rebuild his native Haiti and empower its youth to become environmental guardians. Focused on reforestation and community building projects in St Raphael, the Haitian activist has been at the forefront of many community projects since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Most notably, Louino Robillard and his wife, Sabina Robillard, brought an area of land in St Raphael … Continue reading Louino Robillard: Haitian peacebuilder committed to reforestation and Haiti’s youth

Brown Girl Surf: Women of colour learning to surf and to be environmental stewards

Brown Girl Surf originally started out to amplify the visibility and voices of women of colour who surf. Today its mission has evolved to include teaching women of colour how to surf and to be active environmental stewards. Named in honour of Polynesia’s first female surfers, Brown Girl Surf is dedicated to fostering a diverse, alternative women’s surf community in the San Francisco Bay Area and … Continue reading Brown Girl Surf: Women of colour learning to surf and to be environmental stewards

Skateistan: Skateboarding inspiring positive change among children and youth

Skateistan is empowering kids and youth through skateboarding and education, using creative arts to teach a variety of topics including the environment, human rights, nutrition and cultural studies. The non-profit organisation – which aimed children aged 5 to 17 with a focus on girls, children living with a disability, and children from low income backgrounds – now operates in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. Skateistan was founded in … Continue reading Skateistan: Skateboarding inspiring positive change among children and youth

Daughters of the Forest: When girls become guardians of their environment

Daughters of the Forest is a documentary film about a group of high school girls in Paraguay, located in one of the most remote forests left on earth, who at school, learn to protect the threatened forest and forge a better future for themselves. Set in the wild and lush Mbaracayú Reserve in rural Paraguay, Mbaracayú Forest Girls’ School is surrounded by a region of South America in which … Continue reading Daughters of the Forest: When girls become guardians of their environment

Parklets: Providing much needed green space and relaxation in urban areas

Parklets are popping up in cities throughout the world, intended to provide some much needed green space in urban areas. Parklets are public seating platforms that convert curbside parking spaces into vibrant community spaces. A parklet typically combines elements such as seating with nature including trees, flowers and shrubs. They often include bike parking too. In London, parklets have become essential spaces for local communities, … Continue reading Parklets: Providing much needed green space and relaxation in urban areas

Para Kore: Maori youth releases zero waste theme song

Looking after Mother Earth is second nature to indigenous communities, just like breathing. In his quest to encourage young people to change their behaviour towards rubbish and the environment, 20-year-old Maori, Tunoa Puna Teraitua has penned a song about zero waste. The New Zealand native, who released the song Para Kore (Zero Waste) in December, was inspired to pen the song as a way of making “recycling seem sexy … Continue reading Para Kore: Maori youth releases zero waste theme song

himmelbeet: A community garden in the heart of Berlin

himmelbeet is an intercultural community garden in the heart of Berlin, bringing city dwellers as close to nature as possible in an urban environment. Berlin has seen a rise in the number of community gardens in recent years. There’s now more than 100, but himmelbeet in the district of Wedding is often applauded for its charm, laidback lifestyle, community vibe and its resistance to gentrification, … Continue reading himmelbeet: A community garden in the heart of Berlin

Source Park: Skate and BMX park awarded best rescue for renovation of former Turkish baths

Source Park, a state-of-the-art facility for BMX riders and skaters housed in a one-time Victorian swimming pool and Turkish baths, has been honoured for their renovation innovation of a rescued historic building. Source Park in Hastings, England attracts BMX riders and skaters from around the world to its premises amid the splendour of original features including mosaic pillars, brass handrails and the original steam engine pump. A … Continue reading Source Park: Skate and BMX park awarded best rescue for renovation of former Turkish baths

Makers Unite: Sustainable products created in collaboration with refugees and locals

Makers Unite bring together refugees and locals in cities including Amsterdam and Athens to co-design and collaboratively create sustainable products, using life vest and rubber boat waste material. The social inclusion programme aims to tackle both social and environmental issues by integrating newcomers in the European community and providing a solution to the accumulated waste from discarded life vests and boats from refugees’ passage. Under Makers Unite’s … Continue reading Makers Unite: Sustainable products created in collaboration with refugees and locals