Nature projects across the UK awarded £7.4million from The National Lottery

Nature projects across the UK that support species on the verge of extinction have been awarded £7.4million from The National Lottery to assist with conservation efforts. Among those initiatives to benefit include the reintroduction of Scotland’s Highland Twinflower and other rare wild plants in to the ancient pine forests of Cairngorms National Park, spearheaded by Plantlife Scotland. Fragmentation of habitat has left the Highland Twinflower … Continue reading Nature projects across the UK awarded £7.4million from The National Lottery

Giraffe Manor: Guests get up close with Rothschild giraffes at conservation-supporting boutique hotel

There’s few boutique hotels in the world that can lay claim to visitors rubbing shoulders with giraffes over the breakfast table other than Kenya’s Giraffe Manor. Giraffe Manor, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, is a wonderful and delightful vacation for anyone who has an affinity with the graceful and elegant mammals … Continue reading Giraffe Manor: Guests get up close with Rothschild giraffes at conservation-supporting boutique hotel

Public bench heated by compost demonstrates waste as an alternative to fossil fuels for heating

London-based design studio Public Works has created a public bench heated by compost, to promote the use of waste as a viable alternative to fossil fuels for heating. Instead of burning garbage or fossil fuels, organic waste is used to provide energy for a heating system that warms a city bench in Oslo. The installation relies on the natural reaction of composting, which can generate … Continue reading Public bench heated by compost demonstrates waste as an alternative to fossil fuels for heating

Meltdown: Exhibition emphasises the changing global climate and the importance of glaciers

A series of artworks emphasising the changing global climate and the importance of glaciers is currently on display at London’s Horniman Museum. The temporary exhibition, entitled Meltdown, aims to emphasise the importance of glaciers in a scientific, illustrative and dramatic way. The show features work from every relevant continent, leading the viewer on a journey in three chapters – The Importance of Glaciers, Current Issues … Continue reading Meltdown: Exhibition emphasises the changing global climate and the importance of glaciers

Hotel Taselotzin: All female-run Mexico-based hotel “with an indigenous heart” empowering Nahua women

Hotel Taselotzin, located in the Sierra Norte mountain range of Puebla in Mexico, is a sustainable hotel run by indigenous Nahua women. Taselotzin, which in Nahuatl means “small plant or shoot”, started life as a hotel “with an indigenous heart” in 1995 as a result of the collective effort of the female-led organisation Masehual Siunamej Mosenyolchiacuani (“Indigenous women who support one another”). Masehual Siunamej Mosenyolchiacuani … Continue reading Hotel Taselotzin: All female-run Mexico-based hotel “with an indigenous heart” empowering Nahua women

The Netherlands ditch its “Holland” nickname in efforts to update its international image and to promote sustainable travel

The Dutch government has called time on the country’s “Holland” nickname. As of this month, the country will now officially be referred to by its formal name, the Netherlands, as part of a renewed tourism strategy to update the country’s international image, and to promote more sustainable and respectful travel. Companies, embassies, ministries and universities will now only be able to refer to the state … Continue reading The Netherlands ditch its “Holland” nickname in efforts to update its international image and to promote sustainable travel

Nature Unwrapped: Kings Place’s year-long series helping people to reconnect to nature through sound

The natural world is the subject of Kings Place’s year-long Nature Unwrapped series helping visitors to connect to nature through sound. Nature Unwrapped, which runs from 10 January to 9 December 2020, will explore the sounds of the biosphere, human’s interaction with nature, and reflect on the paths open to make change. More than 70 concerts will take place at Kings Place in London’s King’s Cross throughout 2020. … Continue reading Nature Unwrapped: Kings Place’s year-long series helping people to reconnect to nature through sound

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. 20 Ways to Reduce Food Waste in 2020 – Imperfect Foods have assembled the top food waste fighting tips that they’ve learned from their customers, farmers, podcast, and employees. 2. Vogue Italia Won’t Have Photos This Month In The Name Of Sustainability – The cover of … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Designer Maurizio Montalti develops mycelium-based material and products as a solution to plastic problem

Amsterdam-based designer Maurizio Montalti – who has created pieces of furniture from a fungus-based material – is proving that mycelium can be used to replace plastic and other materials that are tough to recycle. By combining mycelium, the “root structure of fungus”, with agricultural waste such as wheat, rapeseed and flax, Maurizio Montalti has created a new material, which he has used in the design … Continue reading Designer Maurizio Montalti develops mycelium-based material and products as a solution to plastic problem

Recipe: Spiced Mixed Nuts

Nuts are a great source of protein and make an ideal healthy snack. If you are one who heads for the crisps aisle at the supermarket, chances are it’s more about the flavour of the crisps than anything else. Instead of reaching for the potato crisps, experiment at home by adding some flavour to a bag of nuts. With nuts, you feel full after eating them … Continue reading Recipe: Spiced Mixed Nuts