Streetbank: Connecting people to their neighbours and fostering a sharing culture

Streetbank is aiming to bring a sense of community back to streets across the world by connecting people with their neighbours to give things away they no longer need, to share things and to share skills. The website and app, which facilitates exchanges and interactions with locals, was set up by Londoner Sam Stephens who found that through sharing things with his neighbours, he was getting to … Continue reading Streetbank: Connecting people to their neighbours and fostering a sharing culture

Head to your nearest beach for the Big Spring Beach Clean

More than 550 spring beach cleans are expected to take place across the UK as part of Surfers Against Sewage’s Big Spring Beach Clean this month. The events, which began on 7 April and run until 15 April, aim to raise awareness of plastic pollution, in particular, and the need for people to come together to tackle the “human-made scourge of the seas”. Surfers Against … Continue reading Head to your nearest beach for the Big Spring Beach Clean

Hulme Community Garden Centre: Gardening making a difference to locals in Manchester

Hulme Community Garden Centre is on a mission to bring the local community together through gardening. The Manchester-based centre was set up by three local residents 20 years ago, who all shared a vision of regenerating Hulme. Hulme Community Garden Centre aims to provide an environment where people can learn, develop and share skills and information about horticulture, and wider environmental and sustainability issues. Volunteers from across … Continue reading Hulme Community Garden Centre: Gardening making a difference to locals in Manchester

Petit Miracles: Upcycling workshops creating bespoke furniture and opportunities

Petit Miracles is training unemployed people in traditional craft and restoration through the creation of upcycled furniture from hand-picked salvaged, antique and vintage pieces. The West London-based social enterprise teaches furniture restoration, interior design and basic DIY, to those needing help to get back into work. As well as providing workshops on how to upcycle and entrepreneurship, Petit Miracles also sells upcycled furniture at its retail outlet in … Continue reading Petit Miracles: Upcycling workshops creating bespoke furniture and opportunities

Reebok reimagines recycling gas stations into community wellbeing centres

As gas guzzling motor vehicles are eventually to become obsolete, so too are gas stations. In light of this, sports brand Reebok has reimagined the reuse of gas stations as community centres promoting physical and mental wellbeing. In a new concept between Reebok and global architecture and design firm Gensler, Get Pumped, Reebok has reimagined an adaptive reuse of gas stations across the US as Fitness Hubs, where … Continue reading Reebok reimagines recycling gas stations into community wellbeing centres

Peerby: Sharing culture “a serious alternative to buying”

What do you do when you need a drill for hanging up a painting a home? Or need a tent for a weekend camping trip? Do you rush out and buy one, even though the likelihood of you using it ever again maybe slim? That’s where Peerby lends a hand. The Amsterdam-based startup allows people to share things like power drills and bicycle pumps by connecting … Continue reading Peerby: Sharing culture “a serious alternative to buying”

hiSbe: Supermarket rebels aiming to reinvent a “new kind” of supermarket

Ethical supermarket hiSbe, otherwise known as “How It Should Be”, is certainly doing the right thing for all. The Brighton-based supermarket, which operates as a social enterprise,  focuses on providing local produce to the community through fair, responsible and sustainable trading practices. Offering a wide range of organic and locally sourced goods from meats, dairy, breads, fruits and vegetables to “planet-friendly” toiletries and a coffee bar … Continue reading hiSbe: Supermarket rebels aiming to reinvent a “new kind” of supermarket

Love Ibiza Now: Bringing people together to environmentally protect the Balearics

Ibiza has long been regarded as a much loved party island bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds. Now the island is bringing people together for a different cause – to protect the island’s fragile ecosystem. That’s exactly what non-profit organisation, Love Ibiza Now, was created for Love Ibiza Now campaigns for a cleaner future, bringing people together to create lasting solutions to the … Continue reading Love Ibiza Now: Bringing people together to environmentally protect the Balearics

Elemental Bistro: Leeds’s sustainable supper club engaging locals in the environment

Elemental Bistro is a supper club designed to inspire, engage and connect people to environmental issues in Leeds. All food served as part of Elemental Bistro’s 3-course pay as you feel dinners comes from The Real Junk Food Project, which aims to abolish surplus food. The global movement, The Real Junk Food Project, also started life in Leeds. It now works with local and international partners to … Continue reading Elemental Bistro: Leeds’s sustainable supper club engaging locals in the environment

“Trash Girl” defies bullies for her environmental actions and is honoured in a superhero cartoon

A 12-year-old school girl, who has been picking up trash along the two-mile route to and from school and collecting it in the basket of her bike, is defying the bullies that have named her “Trash Girl” and is now encouraging the world to pick up litter. Nadia Sparkes from Norwich, began the litter-picking mission last year. She took to cleaning up litter after being shocked by the … Continue reading “Trash Girl” defies bullies for her environmental actions and is honoured in a superhero cartoon