Floating community on Amsterdam canal set to be Europe’s most sustainable neighbourhood

A floating neighbourhood, complete with 46 households and a community centre, in the north of Amsterdam is set to be Europe’s most sustainable neighbourhood. Known as Schoonschip, in other words clean ship, the households and community centre will float on 30 plots on the Johan van Hasseltkanaal, a side canal of the IJ river. The project, which is designed by architects Space & Matter, will … Continue reading Floating community on Amsterdam canal set to be Europe’s most sustainable neighbourhood

BeeBlue: Creating functional products – soap, beer and bicycle crates – from waste products

BeeBlue is an Amsterdam-based collective working to upcycle waste – including used coffee grounds, orange peel, bread and plastic – into products with a positive impact on nature, society and economy. Among BeeBlue’s products are Toost, a beer brewed from bread that had otherwise been thrown away, and Upcrate, a bicycle crate made of 100% plastic waste. But the most standout and the one gaining popularity is SOOP – … Continue reading BeeBlue: Creating functional products – soap, beer and bicycle crates – from waste products

Plastic Whale create whale-inspired circular office furniture from plastic fished from Amsterdam canals

Plastic fishing company, Plastic Whale have teamed up with office furniture designers, Vepa, to produce high-end furniture made from fished plastic from the Amsterdam canals. The Plastic Whale Circular Furniture collection consists of a boardroom table, a chair, lamps and acoustic wall panels – all made from plastic fished out of Amsterdam’s canals. Circularity was central to the team of designers at Vepa, who sought their … Continue reading Plastic Whale create whale-inspired circular office furniture from plastic fished from Amsterdam canals

S-PARK: Amsterdam cyclists could generate sustainable energy via their bikes

An Amsterdam-based design duo have envisioned a way that enables cyclists to generate sustainable electricity in Amsterdam via their bicycles. The innovative project, entitled S-PACK, is a bike rack which turns the energy produced by people on their bikes, into electricity for their own neighbourhood. The idea. which was conceived of by designers and cyclists Guillaume Roukhomovsky and Blaž Verhnjak, involves placing a special front wheel on people’s bikes. Once … Continue reading S-PARK: Amsterdam cyclists could generate sustainable energy via their bikes

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

Fashion For Good opens museum to highlight sustainable innovations in the fashion industry

Sustainable fashion champion, Fashion For Good has opened its first ever interactive museum in Amsterdam. Dubbed the “Fashion for Good Experience,” the museum aims to educate visitors about sustainability within the fashion industry, explore how they can modify their impact on the environment, and encourage them to get involved in making a difference. The Fashion for Good Experience is the world’s first interactive, technology-driven museum … Continue reading Fashion For Good opens museum to highlight sustainable innovations in the fashion industry

Plastic fishing in Amsterdam with Plastic Whale

Plastic Whale is making a ride along Amsterdam’s canals all the more worthwhile and purposeful by encouraging boat riders to come and enjoy plastic fishing in an effort to clean up the city’s waterways. A two-hour outing, Plastic Whale takes visitors out on a tour of the city’s infamous canals while fishing for plastic. Volunteers go “plastic fishing” with nets and collect the garbage from the canals before … Continue reading Plastic fishing in Amsterdam with Plastic Whale

The Catboat floating cat sanctuary helping Amsterdam’s feline population

Amsterdam’s canal network is home to numerous houseboats but one stands out in particular because its residents happen to be cats. The Catboat (De Poezenboot), on the Singel canal, is a sanctuary for stray and abandoned cats. Hailed as the “only animal sanctuary that literally floats, The Cat Boat aims to help as many cats as possible. The Catboat takes in strays and unwanted cats, sterilises and neuters … Continue reading The Catboat floating cat sanctuary helping Amsterdam’s feline population

Environment learning centre helps school children get up close with sustainability

Primary school children at a school in Amsterdam’s Noord district are learning about gardening and sustainability within a net-zero energy building surrounded by an abundant garden. The Nature & Environment Learning Centre (NME), designed by architecture studio Bureau SLA, works both as a classroom and as an educational tool itself – the building’s sustainability can be seen and felt by all who come in contact with … Continue reading Environment learning centre helps school children get up close with sustainability

The Conscious Club: Amsterdam's sacred space

The Conscious Club is a sacred space for Amsterdam dwellers where you can eat soul food or take in a yoga or meditation class. The founders, Elizabeth Plokker and Charon Tolhuisen, who met in Thaliand have set out to create a “sacred space, a transformational learning and lifestyle centre to awaken mind, body and spirit”. What you get with The Conscious Club is consciousness on … Continue reading The Conscious Club: Amsterdam's sacred space