The race to rescue Mexico’s ancient floating farms, chinampas

Chinampas are floating farms whose history pre-dates the Aztecs even. Early Mesoamericans built the floating farms, which provided fertile land for crops, near modern-day Mexico City. Xochimilco, on the far southern edge of Mexico City, is best-known as the “Mexican Venice” for its canals and brightly colored boats where locals and tourists gather. It is also home to the remaining chinampas. To this day, the … Continue reading The race to rescue Mexico’s ancient floating farms, chinampas

SeedBalls Kenya helping to reforest Kenya by seed bombing

SeedBalls Kenya is taking steps to reforest Kenya by throwing seedballs where indigenous tree species will take root and grow. Throwing seedballs or “seed bombing”, as the process is otherwise known as, has involved tossing seeds from aircrafts, launching them from a catapult or manually distributing them. Seedballs are a low-cost, low-impact technique for increasing native species populations while providing several advantages over traditional methods. SeedBalls Kenya co-founder, Teddy … Continue reading SeedBalls Kenya helping to reforest Kenya by seed bombing

Functional fashion: Bioscarf helps to fight air pollution and allergies

A functional fashion accessory, Bioscarf, is helping to fight air pollution and allergies with a built-in filter that is said to filter 95% of airborne contaminants. Each Bioscarf can help protect its wearer from many of the common airborne contaminants associated with air pollution. The fashionable product has an N95 rating, which means that it is capable of blocking non-oil based airborne particles 3.0 microns … Continue reading Functional fashion: Bioscarf helps to fight air pollution and allergies

Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport’s flight path for both jets and queen bees

Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport is not only home to a fleet of planes, but it also home to flying objects of the natural world – bees. Around 36 bee hives filled with thriving honeybees are located in three different apiaries around the airfield. The hives have been in place at Sea-Tac since 2013, when the Port of Seattle joined forces with local nonprofit The Common Acre to establish … Continue reading Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport’s flight path for both jets and queen bees

The Plastic Project looking for adventure/photo activists to contribute to an images resource

  The last five years especially here at the plastic project have been about creating a resource of images from across the planet, that is accessible to any school, college or individual that would like them. As well as shooting thousands of images ourselves we have also drawn in some of the best surf and adventure […] via Adventure/Photo Activists Required — Continue reading The Plastic Project looking for adventure/photo activists to contribute to an images resource

Plastic Free Communities uniting against throwaway culture and single-use plastics

Plastic Free Communities is a movement calling on people to unite against the growing impact that throwaway culture is having on the planet. An initiative by Surfers Against Sewage, Plastic Free Communities uses people power and community action to tackle the problem of avoidable single-use plastics head-on through a two-step process. Firstly, by asking thousands of people to sign up and download Individual Action Plans for … Continue reading Plastic Free Communities uniting against throwaway culture and single-use plastics

France’s race to create bio-plastics made from natural materials

As France moves to completely ban single-use plastics by 2020, startups are coming up with a new range of bio-plastics – an alternative to plastic made from various natural materials. These alternatives include plastic produced from seaweed and algae, sugarcane and even milk – designed to try and replace harmful oil-based plastics. Using biological materials allows these new plastic products to decompose over shorter time periods … Continue reading France’s race to create bio-plastics made from natural materials

Plastic Patrol founder, Lizzie Carr, paddles New York’s Hudson River to tackle plastic pollution

British environmentalist Lizzie Carr is expected today to complete her eight-day paddleboarding venture, taking in the length of New York’s Hudson River, to raise awareness of plastic pollution. Covering 170 miles in eight days, the environmentalist and adventurer began her journey on 6 September at the start of the tidal river in Albany, New York State. She has also been collecting water samples so microplastic levels in … Continue reading Plastic Patrol founder, Lizzie Carr, paddles New York’s Hudson River to tackle plastic pollution

Tree-Planting Drones helping to fight deforestation

UK startup, BioCarbon Engineering, has developed a system of drones that can plant 100,000 trees a day to help save the environment. BCE uses drones to plant trees by shooting biodegradable seedpods into the ground or scattering them in the air. The seedpods are filled with a germinated seed, nutrients, and other vital components. These penetrate the earth, and, activated by moisture, grow into healthy trees. … Continue reading Tree-Planting Drones helping to fight deforestation

Green Clean rewards litter pickers with cash for trash

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is organising a series of nationwide litter picks this month to clean up the countryside ahead of the introduction of a deposit return system being introduced in England. CPRE will be taking its mobile reverse vending machine – which collects drinks containers of all materials and sizes – to various “Green Clean” litter picks being held across the country. … Continue reading Green Clean rewards litter pickers with cash for trash