• World record: 350 million trees in a day

    What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the name Ethiopia? Africa’s oldest independent country? Good coffee? Living Gods? Dancing shoulders?

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    That is all old news. From now on, the first thing that pops into your head when you hear “Ethiopia” will be the latest world record achieved by the country: 350 million trees which were planted in a day (12 hours, to be precise).

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    “Green Legacy” is a national reforestation campaign. In order to restore the landscape of their country, Ethiopians managed to plant over 350 million trees in 12 hours. This a new world record; the country that previously achieved such a record was India in 2017 for 66 million trees – a number which now looks quite insignificant.

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    Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that 2.6 billion trees have already been planted. The main idea behind “Green Legacy” is 4 billion trees by October.

    Ambitious and yet believable!

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  • The longest electric car journey

    Electric cars are super cool and they are definitely good for the environment (at least once the manufacturing process is over). We love the environmental benefits they have. However, they have to be charged pretty often and you can’t do longer distances with them… Or can you?

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    Dutchman Wiebe Wakker just claimed the longest ever electric car journey. His trip started in the Netherlands and ended at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney with a parade of 50 electric cars.

    Wakker, 32, said that the journey intended to prove the viability of electric vehicles as means of slowing the pace of climate change. All his travels were funded by public donations and sponsors from all over the world.

    His Volkswagen Golf, named “The Blue Bandit”, covered 33 countries. The whole trip took a little more than three years. That may sound like a decent period of time to some of you, but bear in mind that Wiebe had to drive for 95 000 kilometres! He also had to ship his car between continents three times (the longest route being from Indonesia to northern Australia).

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    “People are congratulating me as I have shown the possibilities of electric cars but I am more happy with all the help I received from people during my journey. Wow, what a trip!”, Wakker posted on his Facebook page.

    What a trip indeed!

  • Houses made of plastic waste

    It’s true that we are living in a time of environmental crisis, where tons (300 million tons, to be exact) of plastics are produced every year and just a small part of it is ever recycled. But it’s also true that we have the capacity to make things better. And the Columbian construction company Conceptos Plasticos has found a creative way to do so – by recycling plastic trash and turning it into brand new houses.

    The first step of building a plastic house is making the bricks. The team of Conceptos Plasticos collects, washes, melts carefully selected plastic trash and then fills moulds with the raw material. As a final product they get grey plastic bricks, which are the ones that the houses are made of. The recycling process happens to be 30% cheaper than traditional construction and it takes just 4 people and about 5 days to complete a whole house. The only disadvantage of the material is that the usual life cycle of a plastic piece is around 500 years. Still, until the plastic starts biodegrading, the bricks and the construction of the houses are sturdy, durable and impermeable, so they could resist all weather conditions and even an earthquake.


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    Conceptos Plasticos was founded in 2011. At first, the main idea behind the project was to work towards a cleaner environment. But after a while, the team realized their positive social impact too – hundreds of homeless people in Columbia are now living in recycled plastic homes thanks to Conceptos Plasticos and the financial support from the Columbian government and numerous NGOs which support the idea for a greener planet, healthier environment and fewer homeless people.

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    Apart from providing homes for Columbia’s rural and remote communities, another of the company’s goals is to empower the members of these communities to get involved in the building of their houses. And that could develop the social affiliation and sense of responsibility of the people.

  • Academy Awards 2019

    The most spectacular awards are here for the Grande Finale of the month. Let’s see what happened during the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony!

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    As usual, the most discussed categories were Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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    The first winner is Alfonso Cuaron for his film Roma. Rami Malek got the award for best actor for Bohemian Rhapsody and Olivia Colman beat the other nominees with her performance in The Favourite.

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    Even though Black Panther did not win in the Best Picture category (the award was given to Green Book), it was the winner for Best Original Score and Best Costume Design. “Shallow” got Lady Gaga and the whole A Star is Born crew another accolade in their 2019 list, this time for Best Original Song. Mahershala Ali is officially the Best Actor in a Supporting Role with his performance in Green Book. As for the ladies in the same category – the winner is Regina King for If Beale Street Can Talk.

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    Another trophy for Green Book is the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The award for best adapted screenplay went to BlacKkKlansman.

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    The red carpet… was actually pink. A lot of actresses opted for pink gowns: Sarah Paulson in Brandon Maxwell, Gemma Chan in Valentino Couture, Helen Mirren in Schiaparelli, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet in Karl Lagerfeld, Julia Robers in Elie Saab and many more.

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    In the non:pink palette we have to mention Charlize Theron’s turtleneck Dior dress, Lady Gaga’s beauty by Alexander McQueen and Emma Stone’s sparkling Louis Vuitton gown.

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    Who is your winner for the night?

  • List of extinct species: coffee

    We all know about the missing dinosaurs, birds, big cats and rhinoceros. But are you aware that coffee might soon be extinct too?

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    The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew is a botanical research and education institution famous for its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development. It also manages the Kew Gardens in London – one of the largest botanical gardens in the world with diverse collections.

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    Kew scientists reveal that 60% of the wild coffee species are threatened with extinction. The reasons? The usual suspects – climate change, deforestation – and the spread of fungal pathogens and pests. The current situation causes concerns about the future of coffee production, including the production of Arabica – the world’s most widely traded coffee.

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    Dr Aaron Davis, Head of Coffee Research at, says that among the coffee species threatened with extinction are those that have potential to be used to breed and develop the coffees of the future, including those resistant to disease and capable of withstanding worsening climatic conditions. Targeted action is urgently required in specific tropical countries, particularly in Africa, to protect the future of coffee.

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    It’s important to take drastic measure not only because of all the coffee lovers around the world, but also because of the fact that coffee is a source of income for farming communities in some of the most impoverished places in the world.

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    So enjoy your morning cup of coffee while you can!

  • The most memorable moments of 2018

    Making a statement

    Women used the red carpet during the Golden Globes to make a statement and popularize the #MeToo movement in Hollywood. The ladies wore black instead of the usual glamorous and bright fashion outfits and used the red carpet as a platform to speak about sexual harassment and to show solidarity with survivors.

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    Legends are lost

    In March, the fashion world lost a legend. Designer Hubert de Givenchy passed away at the age of 91. We will always remember him and the impeccable chef-d’oeuvres he created for Audrey Hepburn.
    The world of superheroes also lost a legend – sir Stan Lee died in November. One thing is sure: his superpowers are here to stay!

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    A royal wedding

    Meghan Marke officially joined the royal family in May this year. The nuptials were in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and included guests like George & Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, Elton John, James Blunt and Oprah.

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    Dancing queen

    Okay, it might not be a dancing queen, but it is a dancing prime minister. Theresa May can definitely talk about politics, dance, jive and – most importantly – have the time of her life even in front of a hall full of people!

    Sustainable fashion

    Emissions reduction for Gap, Nike and Levi’s and fur ban for Chanel, Gucci, Burberry, Maison Margiela and many more. We can shake the hands of all the designers who made those small-but-so-large steps towards a more sustainable fashion.

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  • Facebook goes green

    After Google’s green project for renewable energy, another major leader in the digital industry decided to go for a greener future. Facebook has committed to powering global operations with 100% renewable energy.

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    The project is supposed to happen by 2020. The formal statement mentioned that the company has signed contracts for more than 3 GW solar and wind energy since 2013 (the year when it purchased renewable energy for the first time).

    Facebook’s goal in 2015 was 50% renewable energy by 2018. Last year, it reached 51% and fortunately decided to go further.

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    “CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reaffirmed Facebook’s place among business leaders in the race to be coal-free and 100% renewable-powered. If we are to stay within the 1.5-degree thresholds that scientist say is crucial to avoid catastrophic climate change, we need many more companies stepping up to adopt aggressive renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals”, said Gary Cook, senior corporate campaigner at Greenpeace.

  • Autumn/Winter 2018 colour report

    As we usually do when this time of the year comes, we take a look at the colour forecast for the cold months ahead of us. Our beloved ally when it comes to colourful predictions for clothing, shoes and accessories, Pantone, is helping us with the selection again:

    Red Pear

    Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices.
    Item of the day: pointed booties

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    Valiant Poppy

    Brave and outgoing red shade effusive in its allure.
    Item of the day: stylish handbag

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    Nebulas Blue

    Reminiscent of twilight, a thoughtful, starry-eyed blue.
    Item of the day: oversized shirt

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    Ceylon Yellow

    Savory and spicy yellow adds an exotic touch.
    Item of the day: short fluffy coat

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    Martini Olive

    Smooth, sophisticated and urbane green adds depth to the Fall/Winter 2018 palette.
    Item of the day: long coat with straight cut

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    Russet Orange

    This forest floor orange speaks to earthen warmth.
    Item of the day: staple accessories

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    Ultra Violet (we already know about that one, this is for sure)

    Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way for what is yet to come.
    Item of the day: coat, boots, skirt – literally everything

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    Crocus Petal

    A cultivated and refined hue adds a light and airy spring-like feeling demand.
    Item of the day: midi dress

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    Limelight

    Animated and effervescent, a pungent yellow-green becomes the centre of attention.
    Item of the day: flared trousers

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    Quetzal Green

    A deep elegant blue-green hue suggestive of rich plumage.
    Item of the day: belt bag

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    Have a look at our selection for next season and dare to experiment with colours!

  • 2017 in 10 stylish moments

    In order to say a proper goodbye to 2017, we created a small list of the most stylish moments of the year.

    1. Kate Middleton, full stop

    Kate Middleton has always been so glamorous that we absolutely adore her. One of our favourite stylish moments of 2017 was her appearance at the BAFTA awards where she wore Alexander McQueen. Kate is currently giving a third round of maternity style while expecting her third child in April.

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    1. Royal engagement

    While we’re talking about the royal family, we must also mention the latest member-to-be. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement in November. The future wife of the prince definitely has style; their engagement photos are the latest proof of that.

    1. Supermodels reunited for Versace

    Donatella Versace honoured the 20-year anniversary of her brother Gianni Versace’s death at Versace’s Spring/Summer 2018show. But she was not the only one. Supermodels Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, Helena Christensen and Cindy Crawford took the catwalk hand-in-hand in glittering golden gowns.

    1. Kaia Gerber hit the runway

    Cindy is not the only fashion marvel in her family anymore. The supermodel’s 16-year old daughter Kaia Gerber made her runway debut for Calvin Klein’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection. It was followed by défilés for Alexander Wang, MiuMiu, Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs.

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    1. The most-liked post on Instagram

    To sum up – Beyoncé got:
    a. pregnant with twins
    b. most likes on Instagram (11.2 million of them, to be exact) for her first photo announcing the pregnancy.
    Queen B really has it all!

    1. MET GALA 2017

    This edition of the MET Gala was the first one to honour a living designer – Rei Kawakubo and her brand Comme des Garçons. The gala was a blast – not from the past, but from the future. Rihanna walked one of the most emblematic looksof the night: a design from Kawacubo’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection.

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    1. The legacy of Azzedine Alaia

    In November 2017, iconic designer Azzedine Alaïa unexpectedly passed away at the age of 82. Alaïa was a master of creating dresses that fit and flattered the female form, worn by everyone from Grace Jones and Madonna to Rihanna and Victoria Beckham.

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    1. Stranger galaxies and top brands

    Luxury brands paying tribute to TV series or fantastic space opera series? Yes, it is already happening! Louis Vuitton sent down the runway a T-shirt dedicated to Stranger Things, and Christian Louboutin made a special line of Star Wars shoes.

    1. Impractical shoes to the rescue (literally)

    Melania Trump wore what are considered to be the most impractical shoes for a visit of the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. What does a pair of exotic stilettos imply to people that have just lost their homes, one might ask? We still don’t know the answer.

    1. Sustainable decisions

    Fortunately, our list ends with pleasant news in terms of sustainable living: three of the world’s most iconic brands – Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors – decided to go fur-free. With this decision, they join Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Armani.

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  • How about… renewable Google?

    Good news for the environment, the technology, the Internet and the planet: Google will be powered by 100% renewable energy by the end of the year!

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    Google has been a carbon-neutral company for the past 10 years. Now, the Internet giant announced that all of its data centres and offices will be powered by 100% renewable energy. The target set for that green project was 2018, but the company is making significant progress and will officially meet the deadline earlier – by the end of 2017!

    Google is already the world’s biggest corporate buyer of renewable electricity. Last year, it bought around 44% of its power from wind and solar farms. Operating the business in an environmentally sustainable way has been a core value from the beginning.

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    “We’re always working on new ideas to make sustainability a reality – like enabling the building of healthy workplaces”, said Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure at Google. “We’ve reported our carbon footprint and published information on our sustainability programs for many years in white papers, blog posts, and on our website.”

    Now, you can find all that information together in the company’s new Environmental Report.