Dutch city Utrecht adds a towering bee hotel to its roster of bee-friendly environments in efforts to protect the species

The Dutch city of Utrecht has added a 28 metre-high bee hotel to its roster of bee-friendly environments in a bid to help protect the bees. This summer a large hotel for bees and other insects was built around a billboard tower along the A2 motorway.   The 28 metre-high bee hotel consists of over 200 nesting boxes for wild bees and butterflies. Wild bees … Continue reading Dutch city Utrecht adds a towering bee hotel to its roster of bee-friendly environments in efforts to protect the species

Tree of the Year: Cast your vote in Woodland Trust’s annual competition

A Surrey-based oak tree which Queen Elizabeth I is said to have picnicked under, a 30-metre elm in London’s Marylebone High Street which was one of few to survive World War II bombing, and a Hackney Plane facing the chop are three of ten contenders for this year’s Tree of the Year England title. The Woodland Trust’s annual competition, now in its seventh year, throws … Continue reading Tree of the Year: Cast your vote in Woodland Trust’s annual competition

DIY Succulent Planter from Beer Cans — Make Something Mondays!

Make a DIY succulent planter from old beer cans. This is a great upcycling project or DIY gift for friends. Grab the supply list and get started. The post DIY Succulent Planter from Beer Cans appeared first on Make Something Mondays!. DIY Succulent Planter from Beer Cans — Make Something Mondays! Continue reading DIY Succulent Planter from Beer Cans — Make Something Mondays!

Global ecological footprint falls by nearly 10% in light of COVID-19 lockdowns

Lockdowns due to COVID-19 has caused the global ecological footprint to fall by almost 10%, according to the nonprofit which calculates Earth Overshoot Day. Global Footprint Network found that a fall in consumption of the Earth’s resources pushed the date of Earth Overshoot Day back more than three weeks compared to last year. This year’s Earth Overshoot Day fell on 22 August 2020, The research team … Continue reading Global ecological footprint falls by nearly 10% in light of COVID-19 lockdowns

BiodiverCity: Three sustainable and biodiverse islands slated for the south coast of Malaysia’s Penang Island

Three artificial islands in Malaysia centred around sustainability and biodiversity, and powered by sustainable technology such as solar power and wind turbines, is being proposed by design company Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The project, which has been penned BiodiverCity, is slated for the south coast of Penang Island. The design was created in collaboration with Hijjas and Ramboll, and was declared the winner of an international architecture competition, … Continue reading BiodiverCity: Three sustainable and biodiverse islands slated for the south coast of Malaysia’s Penang Island

Hello Wood create flat-pack designed tiny home that can be used as a vacation cabin or workstation

A tiny cabin – flat-pack designed – for use as a weekend retreat or private workstation has been created by Hungarian design studio, Hello Wood. The tiny flat-packed home, known as Kabinka, draws inspiration from the tiny house movement, which advocates living simply and sustainably. Available in four sizes (between 12-20 sqm), the compact small house can easily fit a kitchenette, desk, couch and stove. The modular … Continue reading Hello Wood create flat-pack designed tiny home that can be used as a vacation cabin or workstation

Himalayan state transforms its agriculture by cultivating its fields and plantations in a sustainable way

The state of Sikkim in the Himalayas has completely transformed its agriculture by reverting back to traditional methods of growing more commonly known today as “organic farming”. Sikkim has become a model for the rest of the world, because its farmers only cultivate their fields and plantations in a sustainable way. In 2010, the Prime Minister of Sikkim launched the “Organic Mission”, developing the state … Continue reading Himalayan state transforms its agriculture by cultivating its fields and plantations in a sustainable way

The Elephant Rescuer of Chiang Mai: DW documentary meets Thai conservationist Lek Chailert

Elephants in Thailand that once lived in captivity are now settling into a new life and peaceful existence on a Chiang Mai nature reserve. DW meets conservationist Lek Chailert, Save Elephant Foundation founder, who is buying up elephants and rehousing them at the Elephant Nature Park reserve in Chiang Mai. It is not currently possible to release the elephants into the wild because their natural habitat has … Continue reading The Elephant Rescuer of Chiang Mai: DW documentary meets Thai conservationist Lek Chailert

Design studio creates bento-style food containers from sustainable materials to rethink takeaway packaging

A sustainable option for restaurant takeaway containers that is reusable and plastic foam-free has been conceptualised by design studio PriestmanGoode, as part of Wallpaper* magazine’s Re-Made project. The London-based studio has designed a range of bento-style food containers and a bag for takeaway deliveries based on circular design principles. The new concept features a bento-style stacking system, eliminating the need for individual lids by placing each … Continue reading Design studio creates bento-style food containers from sustainable materials to rethink takeaway packaging

Morrisons set to ditch all plastic bags from checkouts in favour of reusable paper bags

Morrisons is planning to scrap all plastic bags from its checkouts, in a move that will make it the first UK supermarket to ditch plastic “bags for life”. The supermarket has kicked off a trial at eight stores in Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Scotland, Wales and Yorkshire, with all bags for life replaced by paper carrier bags instead. Morrisons decided to take the step to remove all … Continue reading Morrisons set to ditch all plastic bags from checkouts in favour of reusable paper bags