Lifestyle

Agartala: the first solar city in India

The development of renewable energy continues around the world. It has lead to technological discoveries and the proliferation of ideas related to clean energy. Even countries with strong economic growth are interested in new strategies to reduce energy consumption. This is the case of India, where the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has recently proposed a radical […] Read More

Dustbot: an automated street cleaner from Italy

Dustbot mean auything to you? It is a robotics project, started in Tuscany, Italy a few years ago, with the experimental phase beginning as far back as 2009! This 'robot street sweeper' moves thanks to a rechargeable battery-powered electric motor.  It can automatically separate rubbish and clean streets in urban spaces. Dustbot is, therefore, both a transport and a cleaning machine. It is […] Read More

Mass production of palm oil: the real cause behind the destruction of Indonesian forests

Margarine, soap, chocolate, sweets, chips, shampoo, mascara ... palm oil is present in countless products that we consume every day. Favored by industry for its low cost (cheap agricultural labour, cheap land) and its chemical properties, this product is causing massive deforestation in Indonesia. An area of forest equivalent to the size of a football field  […] Read More

Health! Environment! Why seasonal products are the best

From January to April 2013 in France 30,205,440 pounds of strawberries were consumed. This is no joke! Today in supermarkets you can find grapes in winter, or enjoy kiwis flown in from New Zealand all year round, or green beans from Kenya. Trying to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables also has its' downside: we […] Read More

World’s most beautiful landscapes: Etna natural reserve in Sicily, Italy

Etna is not only the highest active volcano in Europe, it is also a mountain full of natural wonder. There are recent lava flows where life is still absent and very old lava flows-where larch, beech and birch trees have flourished. At low altitude, there are alternative strips of oak and chestnut groves on the carved […] Read More

Japan: world leader in organic and environmentally friendly food production

Westerners who associate Japan with technology (ok, someone will immediately mention Fukushima, but still) will be surprised to learn that it is, in fact, a hive of local organic food networks known as teikei (cooperation, in Japanese). Millions of consumers participate in one of these collectives, and as become part of everyday life. Each week they go to […] Read More

Tending your organic garden: 10 natural remedies for your favorite fruits and vegetables

Each plant has its mortal enemy in an insect or bacteria. Gardeners have to use pesticide to kill these unwelcome elements. But these pesticides sometimes cause serious damage to the quality of the produce. At the same time, they pollute the environment and can cause health problems to people using them and eating the vegetables […] Read More

Quéménès, the self-sufficient island

Nestled amid the isle of Molène off the tip of Brittany, Quéménès island has been inhabited since 2009 by a young couple who live in complete energy self-sufficiency. The wind and the sun provide electricity for their farms as well as for the guest rooms that welcome visitors. This project was started by the Conservatoire du Littoral […] Read More

Water, vinegar and salt: a simple way to make 100% natural weed killer

Do weeds bother you? If the answer is yes, then here are some helpful tips to make an environmentally friendly herbicide. You will need the following: 5 liters of water about 1 kg of salt little bit of vinegar. The vinegar should have a concentration of 30% to ensure the mixture is effective Preparation: Start by […] Read More

Boryeong Mud Festival, a different way of taking a mud bath

Mud is good for the skin and the 3 million visitors who cover themselves in mud every year at the festival of Boryeong (Boryeong Mud Festival) are surely aware of the fact. In addition to its beauty enhancing qualities, participants at this festival want to get in touch with their inner child. The proof is […] Read More