A FESTIVAL FOR THE SOUL

How about a festival that soothes and cleanses the mind, body and soul and encourages respect for all life and the planet? Spirit fest does just that – celebrating life & spirituality through art and music, but also offering healing workshops, cocoa ceremonies, tantric dance, yoga and much more. With hot showers, a steam sauna, veggie, vegan and raw food. This festival is perfect to round up a summer and to enter Autumn with a cleansed body and mind. www.spiritfestuk.org

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A DEEP PROBLEM

Heard of microbeads? Now scientists have discovered more tiny plastic terrorizing our oceans through none other than your favourite fleece. It turns out that when we wash  clothes containing any synthetic materials, microfibers are released – with nearly 50% of these making it through to your local wastewater treatment plant and into our oceans. This is particularly dangerous, as they have the potential to poison the food chain. Luckily plasticpollutioncoalition have found some ways you can help prevent this. click here

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CONSCIOUS JERSEYS

When you think of Nike it’s likely that sweatshops and a big trainer-shaped global footprint come to mind. However, the sports brand is moving in the right direction. Last year they released a sustainability report that reveals it hopes to double productivity whilst halving the company’s environmental impact. Keeping to their word, Nike have unveiled designs for the new eco conscious Golden State Warriors’ basketball jerseys – there will be created from polyester and recycled water bottles harvested from the ocean. Nice.

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A KITCHEN MIRACLE

The ‘Taihi’ bin is revolutionizing waste recycling by making it a lot more kitchen-friendly. Food waste bins tend to be a bit messy, a bit ugly and a bit smelly. This device however features a double-lidded system that extracts the liquid from the waste, storing it in a separate compartment. The compartment can then be removed to instantly feed household plants, and also be easily cleaned. It’s also been beautifully designed, so it won’t be an eyesore in your kitchen.

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CITY OF THE FUTURE

Designer Stefano Boeri is branching out from his skyscraper ‘forests’, to building an entire forest city in Liuzhou, China – that will fight the increasing issue of air pollution naturally. The 40,000 trees will absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 and other pollutants a year whilst producing a huge amount of oxygen, making it a much cleaner environment for the 30,000 people it will host. When can we move in?  

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MARA HOFFMAN

Although not created with sustainability in mind, after learning the impacts the clothing industry has on the world, Mara Hoffman decided to instigate change. Now committed to responsible manufacturing practises and using eco-conscious or sustainable materials where possible, they have addressed the issue and act as an example to other fashion labels. Eco stuff aside, they make beautiful summer clothing perfect for trips abroad, and we’re big fans of their bright, printed swimwear. www.marahoffman.com

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WHAT A WASTE

Trump may think climate change is a hoax but that hasn’t stopped New Jersey passing a new law requiring the state to develop a plan to cut food waste in half by 2030. 40% of food produced in the U.S. is thrown out.  Not only is that a waste of money and food, but it is also a waste of cropland and energy. Plus, the rotting food releases methane, so it’s a great place to start for a greener future!  

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ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH

Leave your wellies at home and head to Benicassim in Spain this August for one of the biggest reggae festivals in Europe. Over 8 days, Rototom Sunsplash brings the biggest acts from all around the world, with artists such as Seun Kuti and Chronixx performing this year. The festival encourages an eco-conscious community, even planting trees in the campsite area. Sunbathe on the beach, do a workshop, or even see one of the artists speak in the day and then…

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A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

Believe it or not, air pollution is the world’s single largest health risk, causing seven million premature deaths every year. Green City Solutions however have harnessed the power of nature to create the CityTree, which has the same air-purifying effect as 275 trees in the space of one. The CityTree stemmed from the discovery that moss cultures capture more pollutants than any other plant, plus it can even sustain itself through solar panels. Let’s hope they catch on!

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DURING HEAVY TRAFFIC JAMS POLLUTANTS OUTSIDE CAN SEEP INTO YOUR CAR, MAKING THE AIR INSIDE YOUR CAR 10 TIMES MORE POLLUTED THAN TYPICAL CITY AIR