Good Hotel: Social enterprise project aboard a floating hotel

Good Hotel – a floating, premium hotel which utilises upcycled materials and furnishings, renewable energy sources and locally sourced materials – is providing opportunities to local people in London’s Newham and tackling unemployment. The premium hotel, which is currently docked in east London’s Royal Victoria Docks, will be a permanent fixture for the next five years. The social business model provides a unique training program to … Continue reading Good Hotel: Social enterprise project aboard a floating hotel

Library of Things: Borrowing culture encourages sense of community and reduces waste

Social enterprise Library of Things is providing locals of south London’s West Norwood the opportunity to borrow items and equipment – including DIY and garden tools – rather than owning things they are likely to only use once or twice. Among the items on loan at the Library of Things are power tools, kitchenware,  camping gear, carpet cleaners, a dehumidifier, wallpaper stripper and an acoustic guitar. Library … Continue reading Library of Things: Borrowing culture encourages sense of community and reduces waste

Windy City Harvest Youth Farm: Learning life skills in urban farming and sustainable agriculture

Urban farming programs like Chicago’s Windy City Harvest Youth Farm are skilling up teenagers in sustainable horticulture and urban agriculture so they can grow food responsibly, work as a team, advocate for food justice, eat in a healthy way, and support the development of a socially just food economy in their area. Each year Windy City Harvest trains and employs between 80 and 90 young adults … Continue reading Windy City Harvest Youth Farm: Learning life skills in urban farming and sustainable agriculture

ReTuna Recycling Galleria: The “world’s first ever” mall selling only recycled and upcycled goods

Sweden’s ReTuna Recycling Galleria is the world’s first ever shopping mall where shoppers can find only reclaimed, recycled and upcycled products. ReTuna Recycling Galleria, located in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, is host to 14 stores, a restaurant serving organic food, and a conference centre. The idea behind ReTuna Recycling Galleria is that customers visit the mall where they can donate old furniture and clothing … Continue reading ReTuna Recycling Galleria: The “world’s first ever” mall selling only recycled and upcycled goods

Dave Hakkens: “Tackling problems” like waste with simple and effective ideas

Dutch designer Dave Hakkens is “always trying to tackle problems” through the sharing of ideas with the world. Through his projects, Dave Hakkens has brought knowledge of how anyone in the world can create their own machine to recycle plastic and turn the material into useful products; created a modular phone in order to change the way electronics are made so there’s less waste; and … Continue reading Dave Hakkens: “Tackling problems” like waste with simple and effective ideas

The Nomadic Community Gardens, London’s hidden artistic oasis

It’s been a year since we last featured the ever evolving feast that is the Nomadic community gardens which as its name suggests is a community project which can be found nestling behind Brick Lane on a patch of scrubland in between two railway lines. The resulting development of this space over the past few years […] via The Nomadic Community Gardens, London’s hidden artistic oasis … Continue reading The Nomadic Community Gardens, London’s hidden artistic oasis

Brixton Pound: A community currency success story

Community currencies are local based exchanges, which do not replace but rather supplement the national currency system, designed to support local businesses and encourage local trade and production. The Brixton Pound, available to spend in over 250 local shops in the South London neighbourhood, is one such example of a local community currency flourishing. The founders of the Brixton Pound wanted to do something to stop 80p … Continue reading Brixton Pound: A community currency success story

Chu Chu: Skilling up locals in turning trash in to recycled handicrafts in Myanmar

Myanmar-based social enterprise Chu Chu is clearing up waste in a rural township of Dala and turning the trash into a colourful array of recycled artisan crafts. Chu Chu’s aim is to transform reclaimed waste into beautiful new products. Chu Chu’s product range includes wallets, baskets, pencil cases and wine bottle sleeves made from recycled materials including plastic bags, chip packets, instant coffee sachets, bicycle tyres … Continue reading Chu Chu: Skilling up locals in turning trash in to recycled handicrafts in Myanmar

Sustainable tree house living atop Sleeping Beauty mountain in Piedmont, Italy

Tree house living is a day-to-day lived fairy tale for a group of people who have made the forest atop the Bella Addormentata (Sleeping Beauty) mountain in Piedmont, Italy their humble abode. Taking sustainable living to the heights of this mountain region in Canavese, a small community have built tree houses from wood and recycled materials. Given its remote location amidst the mountains, this community … Continue reading Sustainable tree house living atop Sleeping Beauty mountain in Piedmont, Italy

Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center: Experiencing sustainable living in New Mexico

Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center in New Mexico is making it possible for people to get a taste for sustainable living and be self-sufficient within an off-grid environment that showcases land restoration, organic gardening, passive solar design, and wise water techniques. Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center, which is also home to couple Amanda and Andy Bramble, hosts workshops, community events, retreats, residencies, volunteer programs, and internships for everyday folks wanting … Continue reading Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center: Experiencing sustainable living in New Mexico