Nature Volunteers: New resource matches volunteers with conservation projects across the UK

Nature Volunteers is matching those with an interest in giving nature a helping hand with local conservation projects across the UK. The website, which is led by Dr Anita Diaz from Bournemouth University, initially launched in summer 2018 with local projects in Bournemouth. It has since grown to include conservation projects such as beach clean-ups, plant and wildlife surveys, wetland restoration and kids wildlife activities … Continue reading Nature Volunteers: New resource matches volunteers with conservation projects across the UK

Chinese New Year – 2020 Year of the Rat: What is it and what does it symbolise

Happy Chinese New Year! Today [Saturday 25 January 2020] marks the start of the Chinese New Year. Otherwise known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, Chinese New Year always falls on the date of the New Moon closest to the beginning of spring, that being sometime between January 21-February 21, with celebrations lasting for 15 days, ending with the Lantern Festival. Year of … Continue reading Chinese New Year – 2020 Year of the Rat: What is it and what does it symbolise

“Mythical Creaturologist” Iman Joy El Shami-Mader creates an illustrated bestiary of magickal and mystical beings known to the world

Magickal and mystical beings are a vast and varied crew, and tribes around the world have preserved their awareness of these beings through stories and graphical representations over centuries. Artist Iman Joy El Shami-Mader has called on that wisdom asking people from around the world to share their awareness of magickal and mystical beings so she can add them to her illustrated bestiary – drawing … Continue reading “Mythical Creaturologist” Iman Joy El Shami-Mader creates an illustrated bestiary of magickal and mystical beings known to the world

Craigvinean Forest: Scotland’s oldest managed forest shows what forest restoration can look like

Craigvinean Forest, one of Scotland’s oldest managed forests, is often cited as a timber plantation that “could help end deforestation” and an example of what forest restoration can look like. Created from larch seed planted by the Dukes of Atholl, some 27 million conifers were planted in and around Dunkeld between 1738 and 1830. The lower forest slopes are a mix of Scots pine and … Continue reading Craigvinean Forest: Scotland’s oldest managed forest shows what forest restoration can look like

Maternity fashion brand Isabella Oliver launches maternity wear rental service in efforts to “go greener”

Isabella Oliver, the premium maternity brand, has launched a maternity rental service in the UK as part of its commitment to “go greener”. The initiative, which plans to radically change the maternity sector, aims to cater to a “growing number of pregnant women who want to purchase just a few key items and rent the rest”. The idea of renting maternity wear is to encourage customers to “go greener and eliminate … Continue reading Maternity fashion brand Isabella Oliver launches maternity wear rental service in efforts to “go greener”

Electronic snowmobiles, eSleds, helping visitors to experience Finnish Lapland the zero-emission and silent way

Travellers to Finnish Lapland wanting to make their adventure as sustainable as possible can now experience the snowy landscape the zero-emission way via electronic snowmobile thanks to Aurora eMotion. Aurora eMotion, the first and only electric snowmobile safari provider in the world, operates safaris in Finnish Lapland on emission-free and silent eSleds without without disturbing the silent peace of wintry nature and with no harm … Continue reading Electronic snowmobiles, eSleds, helping visitors to experience Finnish Lapland the zero-emission and silent way

House of Herbology: Make Your Own Perfume

Perfume is a scent-sory experience that carries the magickal energy of nature – everything from woods, florals to fruits – on your person as you go about your day. A good perfume tells a story and takes you on a journey, which changes everytime you wear it. Wearing perfume can be uplifting, invigorating and enlivening, and it can also be sensual too. If you like … Continue reading House of Herbology: Make Your Own Perfume

Amsterdam trials green tramway stops complete with green wall and green roof that attracts bees and butterflies

Green tramway stops featuring green walls and green roofs have gone on trial in Amsterdam – the first rainproof shelters in the Netherlands. The newly designed stops, which have their own irrigation system that works on rainwater, automatically waters the plants. While a pump cellar in the ground stores and collects rainwater, the rainwater is then used to fully automatically water the plants in the wall. … Continue reading Amsterdam trials green tramway stops complete with green wall and green roof that attracts bees and butterflies

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. ‘There Are No Fakes’ reveals a dark tale of Indigenous art fraud –  Upcoming TVO Original documentary from filmmaker Jamie Kastner dives into the shadowy world of art fraud in Canada and brings into question the legacy of Anishinaabe artist and Canadian icon Norval Morrisseau, Sault … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

House of Herbology: Herbal Salve

Herbal salves are a good way to reap the benefits of herbs through skin during the colder winter months. Whether you want a skin soothing salve such as calendula or a warming ginger salve for muscle tension, the options are far and wide. Herbal salves are typically herbs infused in an oil which is then combined with wax, such as beeswax, before solidifiying at room … Continue reading House of Herbology: Herbal Salve