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

Think Playgrounds building public playgrounds in Vietnam with recycled materials

Public playgrounds in Vietnam are being built from salvaged materials – everything from discarded bamboo and timber to broken boats – with the aim to ensure every child the right to equal play in the public domain. In Vietnam, playgrounds are usually only built in wealthy areas and schools. But social enterprise, Think Playgrounds, is changing that by working together with residents, businesses and local authorities to take … Continue reading Think Playgrounds building public playgrounds in Vietnam with recycled materials

De Ceuvel: Amsterdam’s sustainable workspace turning a polluted shipyard into viable land

Old houseboats, placed on heavily polluted soil, have found new life in Amsterdam as a sustainable workspace for creative and social enterprises, De Ceuvel. De Ceuvel, located in North Amsterdam on land that previously served as a shipyard, is Amsterdam’s first circular office park. The site features retrofitted houseboats placed around a winding wooden walkway and surrounded by a landscape of soil-cleaning plants. The creative … Continue reading De Ceuvel: Amsterdam’s sustainable workspace turning a polluted shipyard into viable land

Plant Asylum: Plant shelter in Utrecht helping to rehouse plants through adoption

House Plants, as themselves sentient beings, need TLC. But for those unable to provide care, the Plant Asylums in Utrecht is providing shelter to plants that are discarded or brought into the shelter. Plant Asylum sets out to nurture the plants back to health – have them bloom and grow again – until they are ready to be “rehoused” with a new owner. Plants are … Continue reading Plant Asylum: Plant shelter in Utrecht helping to rehouse plants through adoption

Help save community-made cider, Local Fox

The Orchard Project – the people behind London’s community-made cider, Local Fox Cider – have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help keep this unique tipple alive. With less than a week to go, The Orchard Project is hoping to raise £17,500 by 10 December to keep the production of Local Fox Cider running, since its funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund is coming to an … Continue reading Help save community-made cider, Local Fox

Bologna gives free beer and gelato for those who use sustainable transport

The Italian city of Bologna is rewarding its citizens for using sustainable forms of transport with free beer, ice cream or film tickets. The programme, which runs from April to September, aims to reduce pollution and offers residents and visitors an incentive to walk, cycle or take public transport, rather than travel by car. More than 100 businesses in Bologna have signed up to the … Continue reading Bologna gives free beer and gelato for those who use sustainable transport