The Flipflopi: Boat made from recycled plastic and flip-flops sets sail on awareness-raising mission

The Flipflopi – a Kenyan community-built boat constructed from recycled marine plastic and flip-flops – has set sail on its first overseas mission to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution. Departing from Lamu on the Kenyan coast on 24 January, the FlipFlopi will sail south along the coasts of Kenya stopping in Watamu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Diani, before crossing into northern Tanzania with planned stops … Continue reading The Flipflopi: Boat made from recycled plastic and flip-flops sets sail on awareness-raising mission

If Not Us Then Who?: Storytelling highlighting the role of indigenous people as planetary guardians

If Not Us Then Who? is a global awareness campaign highlighting the role indigenous and local peoples play in protecting the planet. Working in partnership with indigenous communities across the world, If Not Us Then Who? tells the stories of those people who are often ignored yet are the ones who truly know what it takes to ensure the survival of the planet and maintain its … Continue reading If Not Us Then Who?: Storytelling highlighting the role of indigenous people as planetary guardians

Street lamp powered by dog poop lights up beauty spot in the Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills – with its landscape of ancient woodland, rolling pastures and wild, open spaces – is famed for its spring water and breathtaking vistas. And now that claim to fame also extends to a streetlamp which is powered by dog poop. The streetlamp, which lights up a popular area of outstanding beauty, is the brainchild of local resident Brian Harper, who was encouraged … Continue reading Street lamp powered by dog poop lights up beauty spot in the Malvern Hills

Cracked It: Smartphone repair service creating opportunities for at-risk youth to thrive

London-based smartphone repair company Cracked It goes a step further than repairing broken smartphone screens – it’s also creating opportunities for at-risk youth to thrive. Cracked It runs pop-up repair services in large workplaces where cracked screens can be mended at people’s desks, saving them from trekking to the high street or having to send their smartphone away for repair. The social enterprise – staffed … Continue reading Cracked It: Smartphone repair service creating opportunities for at-risk youth to thrive

Librarian rescues tree stump and transforms it into a Little Free Library in Idaho

A large stump of a cottonwood tree has found new life as a little library in Idaho. Librarian and former bookbinder Sharalee Armitage Howard took it upon herself to rescue a cottonwood tree – which at more than 110 years of age had long surpassed a cottonwood tree’s average lifespan of 40-50 years. Huge branches of the tree had been felling for years onto the sidewalk and … Continue reading Librarian rescues tree stump and transforms it into a Little Free Library in Idaho

The GrowHaus: Denver marketplace creating a community-driven food system

Denver-based indoor farm, The GrowHaus, is creating a community-driven, neighborhood-based food system by growing produce, distributing food, and teaching about healthy living. Located in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Colorado, The GrowHaus is working to make food security a reality in Elyria-Swansea through a holistic approach to addressing food access. According to research, Elyria-Swansea, a known food desert, is the most polluted zip code in Colorado, as … Continue reading The GrowHaus: Denver marketplace creating a community-driven food system

The Scrap Exchange: The US’s national treasure for creative reuse and thrift shopping

The Scrap Exchange is promoting creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. The non-profit organisation, which celebrated its 27 year anniversary this year, has been collecting materials from local businesses and residents in Durham, North Carolina, and distributing these reclaimed resources to educators, artists, makers, and students through a variety of programmes. Materials collected by The Scrap Exchange include foam, paper, fabric, zippers, buttons, and test … Continue reading The Scrap Exchange: The US’s national treasure for creative reuse and thrift shopping

Discarded Christmas Trees protecting riverbanks and coastlines from erosion

Christmas Trees will be taken down in the coming days, but before you get rid of that tree, spare a thought for the environment and find out if there are any local shout outs for discarded Christmas Trees. Around the world, discarded Christmas Trees are given a new lease of life, following the Holiday Season, by protecting riverbanks and coastlines from erosion, acting as important … Continue reading Discarded Christmas Trees protecting riverbanks and coastlines from erosion

Felixstowe Community Nature Reserve: Creating a nature reserve that “stretches” across a seaside town

Felixstowe Community Nature Reserve is aiming to create a nature reserve right across the seaside town in Suffolk. Founded by Felixstowe-resident Dr Adrian Cooper, Felixstowe Community Nature Reserve is calling on gardeners and allotment owners to allocate at least 3 square yards of their land for wildlife-friendly plants, ponds and insect lodges. The organisation is hoping to create a community nature reserve of 5,000 square yards, … Continue reading Felixstowe Community Nature Reserve: Creating a nature reserve that “stretches” across a seaside town

Steel Warriors: Community gym tackling knife crime while repurposing confiscated knives

Steel Warriors take knives confiscated by police, melts them down and creates something positive – a community gym where young people can build their confidence so they don’t feel the need to arm themselves. The charity, which takes a fresh approach to fighting knife crime in the UK, has created a callisthenics gym constructed from two tonnes of recycled knives taken off the streets at Langdon Park … Continue reading Steel Warriors: Community gym tackling knife crime while repurposing confiscated knives