Sustainable Starbucks

Big business and sustainability don’t normally go hand in hand. So when giant of the coffee shop industry, the mighty Starbucks, launched a new initiative back in 2008 with an aim to eventually have most, if not all stores LEED certified, many could not contain their astonishment. But with a history of environmentalism and sustainability, this new programme only cements their reputation as a company with real vision. We take a look at their latest ‘green’ coffee shop venture in Amsterdam to discover more about these exciting changes

Making Iron... the Viking way!

Archaeologists, researchers, rural developers and linguists from Italy, Romania, Slovakia and the UK descended on the hamlet of Árbær near Selfoss on Iceland's rugged south coast recently to re-enact a Viking-Age iron production. The 10-country, EU-supported 'Green Village' project ran a community interactive action working with local villagers. Led by Margrét Hrönn Hallmundsdóttir, an archaeologist from NAVE, the purpose of the visit was to investigate how sustainable our ancestors were


Take the 'Cheers' bar, transport it to L.A., fuse it with tea and some tea making experts and you'll find yourself inside the Tea Garden & Herbal Emporium in West Hollywood, California. Known to his customers as Dr. Tea, Mark Ukras is the co-owner of this popular establishment. Of Middle Eastern origin, he comes from a long line of tea merchants that have been trading in the leaves for almost 400 years

Fashion goes rural

As part of a brand new project, Sublime teamed up with Grampus Heritage & Training Ltd. to send fashion students from Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Art in London to various European destinations – but not Paris or Milan. Instead, they will be visiting rural villages in Cyprus, Slovakia and Romania where they will learn traditional skills from lace making and loom weaving to silver smithing

Best Wild Places

Britain and Ireland enjoy a rich heritage of wild places and interesting artefacts, often greatly overlooked in the past as we sought holiday experiences abroad, neglecting what has always been under our noses

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