VAC Library: Open library becomes learning centre for children in Hanoi to learn about urban farming

An open library-come-city farm-come-kids playground is providing a way for kids in Hanoi, Vietnam to learn about self-sustaining ecosystems and urban farming. VAC Library is a large wooden climbing frame with various cubicles filled with books. The large wooden structure also houses an integrated production system that is designed to teach kids about sustainable food production. It uses solar-powered aquaponics to keep vegetables and koi carp. … Continue reading VAC Library: Open library becomes learning centre for children in Hanoi to learn about urban farming

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. Fashion industry’s carbon impact bigger than airline industry’s – The fashion and footwear industries together account for more than 8% of global climate impact, greater than all international airline flights and maritime shipping trips combined, CBS reports. 2. Battle of Waterloo Bridge: a week of Extinction … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Earth Day 2019: Protect our Species

Earth Day, celebrated in more than 193 countries each year on 22 April, this year focuses on “Protect our Species”. This year’s theme is designed to raise awareness of the role that plants and wildlife play in the ecosystem and the dangers of extinction many of them face. Earth Day Network is urging people to work together to protect endangered and threatened species including  bees, coral … Continue reading Earth Day 2019: Protect our Species

Extend the lifespan of your soap bar with an Aira Soap Saver, made from plant-based bioplastics

If you’ve made the switch to soap bars at home, you may now be wondering how you can stop your soap from going mushy. Aira Soap Saver is a plant-based lift designed to keep the soap high and dry and off the soap dish or surface. With its porous design, the Aira Soap Saver, which is made from plant-based bioplastics, improves the air circulation and … Continue reading Extend the lifespan of your soap bar with an Aira Soap Saver, made from plant-based bioplastics

Bahia Denim: Furniture with a marble-like appearance made from discarded denim

There are numerous ways in which denim can be upcycled or recycled, and now designer Sophie Rowley has found an ingenious way to turn the hardy fabric into furniture. The Berlin-based takes post-consumer denim offcuts from the production waste of fashion industries and from households to create the new material. Sophie Rowley layers the textile offcuts on top of each other and then binds them together using … Continue reading Bahia Denim: Furniture with a marble-like appearance made from discarded denim

DIY Upcycled Planters from everyday household items

If you’re doing some planting this Easter, before you purchase some plant pots, instead raid your recycling bin/bag for everything from aluminium cans, tins, to ice cream cartons. Whether you want to plant seeds or cuttings, repurposing items from your recycling bags can be a great way to help the environment and reuse. The below video gives some DIY ideas on how to create planters … Continue reading DIY Upcycled Planters from everyday household items

Aquaman star Jason Momoa shaves off his beard to raise awareness of the planet, recycling and aluminum

Aquaman star Jason Momoa has shaved off his beard in a bid to raise awareness of the health of the planet and recycling, while also promoting a new range of canned water. The Hawaiian actor took to YouTube and social media accounts to share with his fans the moment he shaved off the famous facial hair, which has spawned many hipster beards like it, that … Continue reading Aquaman star Jason Momoa shaves off his beard to raise awareness of the planet, recycling and aluminum

Review: Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar

Shampoo bars have become more common recently as people begin to ditch liquid shampoo, packaged in bottles, for a more sustainable option. Changing hair care products is not a move that one takes lightly especially when you’ve found a product that works well for your hair type, so I was fortunate to have been intuitively guided to switch out my regular bottled shampoo for the … Continue reading Review: Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar

DIY Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Easter is a great time to get craftsy at home with your kids. This year try something different and use natural dyes, made from a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your fridge or spice cabinet. From red cabbage, turmeric, spinach, coffee, there are numerous foodstuffs that you can use to give your easter eggs a natural hue. Note that red cabbage … Continue reading DIY Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Street art project, Happy City Birds, creates more than 3,500 birdhouses from upcycled materials

Danish street artist Thomas Dambo is helping to provide a humble abode for the bird population thanks to his birdhouses – made from upcycled materials – found in urban centres all over the world. The ongoing project, Happy City Birds, sees Thomas Dambo and his team install the birdhouses against buildings, grouped on tall poles, or spaced throughout existing trees. Since 2006, more than 3500 … Continue reading Street art project, Happy City Birds, creates more than 3,500 birdhouses from upcycled materials