The Pothole Gardener “creating unexpected moments of happiness” and mini gardens in London’s potholes

Potholes may be blights on the road and pavements, but The Pothole Gardener Steve Wheen sees the beauty in them by filling them with what should really be there – nature. One of a growing number of people taking part in guerrilla gardening, whereby green fingered-enthusiasts go “undercover” to turn hidden spots of cities into mini gardens, Steve Wheen has been brightening up the cracks … Continue reading The Pothole Gardener “creating unexpected moments of happiness” and mini gardens in London’s potholes

Steps to Sustainable Living: Club owner Michel Niknafs shares his story of reducing waste

Choosing to live more sustainably is, just like mindfulness and being present, a step-by-step process. It’s not that you “make the switch” and then be done with it. It is essentially a mindful approach to living, and one which requires persistency and consistency. It is, quite often, that initial first step that can be the most challenging. In the below video from smart’s Challenge Accepted … Continue reading Steps to Sustainable Living: Club owner Michel Niknafs shares his story of reducing waste

Juta Shoes: Sustainable espadrille shoes handmade by East London women

Everyone loves a pair of comfy slippers to dart around the house in? But how about owning a bespoke pair of slippers for you or a loved one? Juta Shoes, a social enterprise empowering women through craft, make bespoke espadrille slippers using reclaimed leather for the upper and environmentally-friendly jute for the soles. Given the nature of working with upcycled leather, Juta’s leather selection changes monthly. Each … Continue reading Juta Shoes: Sustainable espadrille shoes handmade by East London women

Route Del Sol: Solar powered road trip raising awareness of sustainable transport

Changemakers Route Del Sol are on a mission to drive a solar powered electric camper van from Alaska to Argentina, while raising awareness of sustainable modes of transport. Navigating the longest network of roads in the world, the team of two – Australians Joel Gregory Hayes and Keegan Taccori – are aiming to be the first to drive a solar powered, 100% electric camper van from Alaska to … Continue reading Route Del Sol: Solar powered road trip raising awareness of sustainable transport

“Recycle art activist” Thomas Dambo connecting people to nature through giant trolls made from trash

If you venture into Copenhagen’s surrounding woods, you are likely to you paths with six giant trolls all made from recycled materials and trash. Created by artist and designer Thomas Dambo, The Six Forgotten Giants, which are hidden throughout the forests of Copenhagen, can only be found with a treasure map or by stumbling upon nearby stones featuring poems riddled with clues. Each of the sculptures … Continue reading “Recycle art activist” Thomas Dambo connecting people to nature through giant trolls made from trash

Plant Asylum: Plant shelter in Utrecht helping to rehouse plants through adoption

House Plants, as themselves sentient beings, need TLC. But for those unable to provide care, the Plant Asylums in Utrecht is providing shelter to plants that are discarded or brought into the shelter. Plant Asylum sets out to nurture the plants back to health – have them bloom and grow again – until they are ready to be “rehoused” with a new owner. Plants are … Continue reading Plant Asylum: Plant shelter in Utrecht helping to rehouse plants through adoption

Christmas DIY Gift Ideas: DIY Mala Necklace

Have you been looking for an item of jewellery to give to a loved one for Christmas but can’t seem to find anything that resonates? Then maybe it’s time to make your own to give as a gift. Mala bracelets and necklaces are simple and easy to make, and make perfect gifts for both men and women. All you need is a few crafts tools and … Continue reading Christmas DIY Gift Ideas: DIY Mala Necklace

Sunscribes: Michael Papadakis using sunlight as a tool to create sunlight art

Sunscribes, otherwise known as Michael Papadakis, harnesses the power of the sun as his artist’s tool to create sunlight art.  Dubbed Heliography, Sunscribes uses an array or mirrors and lenses to focus the sun’s powerful rays into art. Using reflection and refraction to focus the sun’s energy onto specific organic materials such as wood, Sunscribes creates etches with a unique tool. Armed with a magnifying glass in … Continue reading Sunscribes: Michael Papadakis using sunlight as a tool to create sunlight art

Freediver Katarina Linczenyiova helping rid ocean waste from deepest ocean floors

Freediver Katarina Linczenyiova is helping to rid ocean waste from some of the deepest ocean floors that have never before been reached. The 25-year-old Slovakianhas cleared one hectare of the seabed in Dahab, Egypt of almost 40 kilos of waste. And she has also been involved in clean up operations near the island of Hyrda in Greece and in the glacial lake Popradske Pleso, in Slovakia. … Continue reading Freediver Katarina Linczenyiova helping rid ocean waste from deepest ocean floors

DIY Christmas Wreath ideas

If your artificial Christmas tree is knackered, don’t throw it out – instead get craftsy and use its parts to create a DIY wreath. These videos from MadeByFate show you how to create a stunning wreaths from old Christmas decorations and items you can find around the house. The first video shows how you can make a wreath using an upcycled Christmas tree, silver foil … Continue reading DIY Christmas Wreath ideas