What is Samhain, otherwise known as Halloween — ravenhawks’ magazine

Samhain is pronounced sowen, soween, saw-win, saw-vane or sahven, but not sam-hayne. Other names for Samhain include Samhuin, Samain, Saman, Oidhche Shamhna, Hallowe’en, Halloween, Hallows, Hallowtide, Shadow Fest, Allantide, Third Harvest, Harvest Home, Geimredh, Day of the Dead (Feile na Marbh), Feast of the Dead, Spirit Night, Candle Night, November Eve, Nutcrack Night, Ancestor Night […] via Samhain — ravenhawks’ magazine Continue reading What is Samhain, otherwise known as Halloween — ravenhawks’ magazine

The Street Store: Pop-up clothing store for homeless people with outlets worldwide

The Street Store is a free pop-up clothing store for homeless people, aiming to “provide the homeless with the same dignity afforded to paying customers”. Originally launched in South Africa, the rent-free temporary store sees groups of volunteers gather donations from their local community and display them in an outdoor shop, making items of clothing and accessories available for free to homeless people in poor neighborhoods. Premises-free, … Continue reading The Street Store: Pop-up clothing store for homeless people with outlets worldwide

The Green Passage: Rotterdam’s sustainable shopping centre paving the way for more like it

Rotterdam’s green and fair trade shopping centre, The Green Passage (de Groene Passage), is somewhat of a gem – the only sustainable shopping centre in Europe, The Green Passage is a one-stop shop for conscious consumers. While “sustainable shopping centres” may be few and far between, The Green Passage is no recent contender. The Green Passage started up more than 20 years ago when seven shopkeepers with the same … Continue reading The Green Passage: Rotterdam’s sustainable shopping centre paving the way for more like it

What the Flush! [Infographics] — ecogreenlove

Every day Brits are flushing medicines, illegal drugs and plastics in tampon applicators and wet wipes. This comes at a huge cost to our environment. Record numbers of wet wipes were recently found on the shores of the Thames. Incredibly, 94% of the population asserted they were actually confident with what they should and shouldn’t put down their pipes. Clearly, this isn’t the case! via What … Continue reading What the Flush! [Infographics] — ecogreenlove

Materiom: Circular designers creating an online open-source material recipe book

Materiom, a group of experts focused on circular design, are enabling everyone, everywhere to participate in the next generation of materials by sharing recipes that use locally abundant natural ingredients and life-friendly chemistry. Materiom is essentially an online open-source material recipe book for makers and designers. The “recipe book” includes recipes for kombucha fabric made from green tea, water and sucrose; and a bowl made from dried … Continue reading Materiom: Circular designers creating an online open-source material recipe book

Poole-based shopping centre setting out to be a sustainable hub for shoppers

A shopping centre in Poole, Dorset is setting out to be a sustainable hub for shoppers with its sustainable rooftop garden, Eco Hub events space, and zero-waste policy. Dolphin Shopping Centre’s rooftop garden was created with recyclable materials, including pallets and seven large wooden trugs, all of which are eco-friendly. The sustainable rooftop garden, which is the home to two beehives, also houses thousands of bees … Continue reading Poole-based shopping centre setting out to be a sustainable hub for shoppers

Where does the water you drink – bottled or tap – come from?

Do you know where the water that you drink comes from? Or did you know that there’s a difference between spring water and mineral water? Whether you drink tap water, spring water or mineral water, here’s all you need to know about where your water comes from. Spring Water Spring water is the term used to refer to water collected directly from an underground spring … Continue reading Where does the water you drink – bottled or tap – come from?

Industrious recycler living in an airplane in the midst of an Oregon forest

Retired engineer and airplane enthusiast Bruce Campbell has a unique address – a converted Boeing 727, that was once used as a Greek aircraft until the mid-1960s, which he calls home in the midst of a forest near Portland. The plane was bought for $100,000 in 1999 from Athens airport. It started off being a “work in progress” but Campbell eventually converted it into a fully functional … Continue reading Industrious recycler living in an airplane in the midst of an Oregon forest

Trust Mark helping shoppers to make plastic-free choices

Consumers who purchase items from tea brand, teapigs; British supermarket, Iceland; and Dutch retailer, Ekoplaza will see the world’s first “plastic-free” Trust Mark now displayed on goods. The brainchild of environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet, the Trust Mark will be awarded to food and drink products that are packaged without plastic. Designed to sit clearly on the front of the pack, the Trust Mark will instantly inform and empower consumers … Continue reading Trust Mark helping shoppers to make plastic-free choices

DIY Homemade Kitchen Trash Can Deodorisers

The heat of the summer brings with it an array of smells, some of them not so pleasant. If you’ve noticed a whiff coming from your kitchen trash can even though you’ve recently changed the bag, there’s a number of natural solutions to absorb and naturally remove these odours. So before you head off to the stores to buy a pricey chemical odour solution, think … Continue reading DIY Homemade Kitchen Trash Can Deodorisers