Trash collecting Samurai Warriors spread environmental message across Tokyo

A team of environmentally-conscious Samurai Warriors are helping to make Tokyo dwellers be mindful of their environment think twice before littering the city streets. Known as Gomihiroi Samurai (“Samurai Who Pick Up Litter”), these individuals dress in traditional samurai garb and pull out some slick moves whenever they spot an errant piece of sidewalk trash. Every time they make a grand appearance on the streets, … Continue reading Trash collecting Samurai Warriors spread environmental message across Tokyo

Celsious: The eco-friendly laundromat with the planet and wellbeing in mind

Going to the laundromat is not on everyone’s favourite list, but Celsious, a unique laundromat in Brooklyn, is making the experience both eco-friendly and with wellbeing in mind. Celsious features the most energy-efficient washers and dryers currently on the market as well as an organic coffee bar – offering a luxurious washing experience in a beautifully designed environment. It’s where locals can do their washing using complimentary detergent by … Continue reading Celsious: The eco-friendly laundromat with the planet and wellbeing in mind

Community RePaint: Helping to colour lives across the UK by redistributing leftover paint

Summer is an opportune time to do some DIY and for individuals, families, communities and charities in need and who are wanting to redecorate, The Community RePaint network is making it possible by collecting leftover paint and redistributing it at an affordable cost. Around 50 million litres of paint – enough to fill 20 Olympic sized swimming pools – is thrown away each year in the UK. … Continue reading Community RePaint: Helping to colour lives across the UK by redistributing leftover paint

Milk & Honey: Movie explores Latino community’s connection to the Colorado River

Milk & Honey (Leche y Miel) is a short film that centres around the Colorado River, showcasing the Latino community of Yuma, and their connection to the strained river. Yuma is often thought of as a hot, dry desert town in southwestern Arizona, but it is the land of abundance as during the winter months, nearly all the leafy vegetables Americans eat are grown in … Continue reading Milk & Honey: Movie explores Latino community’s connection to the Colorado River

Wandle Rain Gardens: Community rally round to create wildlife-friendly and flood-resilient gardens

Rain gardens are being created by communities in south-west London to help retain rainwater – improving resilience to both flooding and drought. Wandle Rain Gardens, a project by the London Wildlife Trust, empowers communities living along the course of the River Wandle to create green landscape features which can help retain rainwater, and so improving the communities’ resilience to flooding and other impacts from climate change. A rain garden … Continue reading Wandle Rain Gardens: Community rally round to create wildlife-friendly and flood-resilient gardens

Community Spotlight: The Calthorpe Project providing much needed green space and respite

Central London may be overpopulated with bricks and mortar, but there’s a force far mightier and purposeful than the countless new developments, and that’s community gardens offering all residents and visitors some much needed green space and respite. The Calthorpe Project is an inner city community garden and centre which exists to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of those who live, work or study … Continue reading Community Spotlight: The Calthorpe Project providing much needed green space and respite

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