Tartu

With a population of roughly 100,000 Tartu is the second largest city in Estonia, after the capital, Tallinn. Located two and a half hours to the south-east of Tallinn, Tartu is a university town with a youthful, progressive vibe and plenty to see. The University was founded in 1632, pretty awe-inspiring for me considering the oldest building…

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Zero waste: Inspiration

Zero Waste as Wikipedia will tell you, is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of the life cycle of resources, so that all products are reused and ultimately no rubbish is sent to landfill or burnt. The approach encompasses more than simply eliminating waste through reuse and recycling but also aims to restructure production and distribution systems to…

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Pallet Vertical Garden

I love the idea of vertical gardens, especially in a space poor area like a balcony garden. I also love the idea of making them out of upcycled material like old shipping pallets. Here’s a breakdown of how I recently made my own from scratch. Materials Wooden pallet, hessian type fabric, staple gun, scissors, soil…

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Pots from wild clay

A few months ago I did a one day pottery course at Udumbara Studio in Kallio, Helsinki. Eva, the owner of the studio and creator of the stunning pots in the first photos below, uses earth friendly wild clay pottery to make tea ware and flowerpots with a Nordic twist. The wild, natural clay comes from…

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