Lighthouse Eco

Striving for a sustainable Lifestyle


‘Surely we are smarter than mowing down 1,000-year-old trees to make T-shirts’ – the complex rise of viscose

You would be forgiven for thinking that your wood pulp top is sustainable. But you might be surprised to hear just how many forests are being felled to make it

Scaling up: the app that’s transforming lives in South African fishing communities

Abalobi provides a real-time marketplace for fishers to sell their catch, while also monitoring fish populations, and the tech could go global

Prickly paddy melon weed enzymes show potential as sustainable cement alternative

A world-first study has found enzymes from the prickly paddy melon weed can create a sustainable alternative to cement.

More than 600K pounds of electronic waste has been diverted from landfills thanks to Colorado teenagers

More than 600,000 pounds of mostly electronic waste has been diverted from landfills over the past 12 years by the students who run Tiger Recycling at Cañon City High School.

There are 1.5 billion tires wasted annually. There’s a better way to recycle them

Natural rubber is vital to tire production since it is stronger, more wear-resistant and more flexible than synthetic rubber. Multiple blends of natural and synthetic rubber are used for making different parts of a tire.

Recycling: What’s the difference between biodegradable, compostable and recyclable?

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of the UK cautions consumers about the misleading use of waste terms such as ‘recyclable’, ‘biodegradable’, and ‘compostable’ in advertisements, as products often don’t break down as easily as stated, contributing to environmental pollution.

The Lower Sioux in Minnesota need homes — so they are building them from hemp

The Lower Sioux tribe in Minnesota is pioneering the country’s first integrated hempcrete operation, transforming industrially-grown hemp into a construction material for sustainable, healthy housing. This initiative, unique in the U.S., also aims to tackle the tribe’s critical shortage of jobs and housing, while acting as a model for other Indigenous tribes.

Experts revive ancient techniques to make concrete more sustainable

A team of experts from EPFL, ETH Zurich, and Archiplein has developed a new type of non-reinforced concrete from stone offcuts. Using methods found in historical archives, the team reduced their use of carbon-intensive cement. They built and tested six load-bearing walls using recovered stone-quarry waste and three types of mortar-based binders.

Band Walks 870 Miles on Tour to Promote More Sustainability in the Music Industry

Filkin’s Drift, a band of two based in Birmingham, UK, have been highlighting sustainability in their latest tour by walking about 870 miles along the coast of Wales.

Two South Africans among 188 women heading to Antarctica for environmental sustainability programme

More than 180 women, including two South Africans, are embarking on a voyage to Antarctica in November to promote sustainability and study its ecosystem.

The pioneer biotech turning seaweed into bioplastics

Sustainable biotech innovator Kelpi has secured funding to further develop its pioneering technology creating bioplastics from seaweed.

The ultimate eco building – made of salt, sunflowers and recycled urine

Its door handles are made of salt. Its walls are made of sunflowers. Its furniture is made of Japanese knotweed. And it was stained with dyes made from filtered urine. Is this recycling marvel in southern France the future of architecture?