Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

A Southern Italy-based bookseller is encouraging children to read while doing something for the environment by offering free books to those who bring him one plastic bottle and one aluminum can to recycle. Michele Gentile, who founded the Ex Libris Cafe bookshop in Polla, a small town near Salerno, told CNN his goal is to spread passion for books and a love for reading among those … Continue reading Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Here’s a roundup of some of the stories that have captured Life & Soul Magazine’s attention this week: 1. Bacteria glues plastic together posing even deadlier threat to sea life, scientists find – Glue-like substances secreted by bacteria are sticking tiny bits of plastic to form larger clusters that marine animals could mistake for food, according to scientists. They also state that the clumping could divert … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

DIY Jar Candles from leftover candle wax, wicks and jars

Candles add a lovely ambiance to a home and if they are scented, keep a room smelling fresh. If you love candles, but are concerned about leftover waste from candle wax or removing leftover wax from a jar, fret not as you can recycle every single part of a used candle, including the wick holder from a tea light even. Check out the below video … Continue reading DIY Jar Candles from leftover candle wax, wicks and jars

N’we Jinan: Music programme helping indigenous students find their voice

N’we Jinan is helping indigenous youth to find their voice and express themselves musically and creatively by bringing a mobile studio into schools and community centres across Canada. The N’we Jinan initiative was founded by hip hop producer and youth worker Dave Hodges in 2014. The Montreal-based producer launched the N’we Jinan music initiative as a response to the lack of artistic programming in remote First … Continue reading N’we Jinan: Music programme helping indigenous students find their voice

LifeSwap: Building a community for people in the UK living off-grid and thinking of living off-grid

Living off the grid – in off-grid homes ranging from caravans, cabins, cob houses, vans and modern eco-friendly homes – is on the rise in the UK. For those wanting to live a simple, sustainable and self-sufficient existence, off-grid living and alternative living can be challenging but fulfilling nonetheless. LifeSwap is creating a community of like-minded individuals who are living the off-grid or alternative lifestyles. … Continue reading LifeSwap: Building a community for people in the UK living off-grid and thinking of living off-grid

EcoSouk: Lebanon welcomes its first permanent zero-waste store

A souk of a different kind has opened up in Beirut. The city that was at the height of a “trash crisis” in 2015 has welcomed Lebanon’s first permanent zero-waste store, EcoSouk. EcoSouk is the brainchild of Recycle Lebanon, a nongovernmental organisation founded to find sustainable and eco-friendly solutions to the garbage crisis in Lebanon. EcoSouk sells a range of eco-friendly products including upcycled jewellery, organic honey, meswaks (dentist-approved teeth … Continue reading EcoSouk: Lebanon welcomes its first permanent zero-waste store

Brazilian artist turns recycled tyres into comfortable, customised pet beds

A Brazilian artist has found an ingenious way to recycle car tyres with his love of animals by turning them into pet beds. Amarildo Silva was looking for a way to make extra income using the trash that people throw in the streets. Two years ago, the 23-year-old noticed that there were rows of discarded used tyres littering the streets of his neighborhood in Paraíba, Brazil. He … Continue reading Brazilian artist turns recycled tyres into comfortable, customised pet beds

Barnraiser: Crowdfunding platform connecting sustainable food producers with conscious consumers

Crowdfunding platform Barnraiser is connecting food producers, farmers, chefs, and tastemakers in healthy and sustainable food with consumers who want better health for themselves and the planet. Barnraiser makes it easy to discover, share, and fund online the people changing how the world farms, eats and lives – giving farmers and food entrepreneurs a chance to raise funds and find new customers. The crowdfunding site, which … Continue reading Barnraiser: Crowdfunding platform connecting sustainable food producers with conscious consumers

Unfortunately, Ready to Wear: Luka Sabbat’s fashion collection designed to adapt to climate change threats

The fashion industry got a wake up call this week when “creative entrepreneur” extraordinaire Luka Sabbat launched the Unfortunately, Ready to Wear collection – a set of innovative and futuristic fashion essentials designed to adapt to the current climate change threats. The capsule collection, which will be presented during New York Fashion Week at the Milk Gallery Exhibition from now until 14 February, was created in … Continue reading Unfortunately, Ready to Wear: Luka Sabbat’s fashion collection designed to adapt to climate change threats

Ressies Redesign: Surfing brand creating ponchos from upcyled towels and other materials

Netherlands-based brand Ressies Redesign is hitting the beach with its signature style ponchos upcycled from leftover towels and other discarded materials. The surfwear brand, set up by surfers Carlijn Bartels and her boyfriend Tom, takes discarded towels and materials sourced from beach clubs, surf schools and recycle centres and turns them into ponchos. Ponchos are ideal cover ups for surfers when getting changed after surfing. … Continue reading Ressies Redesign: Surfing brand creating ponchos from upcyled towels and other materials