The Biodiverse Development Foundation

Now and then, we all tend to forget about the importance of biodiversity, why it is essential for the preservation of every cultural and natural heritage, and for the protection of our unique ecosystems.

Put simply, biodiversity is the diversity of life on earth, it includes the variability among all living organisms, terrestrial, aquatic, and so on. Understanding how biodiversity works, the importance of every form of life on earth, from the wide range of plants to every animal species living in their natural environment, is essential for the improvement and conservation of human welfare. Such things as food security, improving nutrition, the air we breathe, the water we drink, all comes down to biodiversity.

And for Robert van de Griend, founder of the Biodiverse Development Foundation (BDF), conserving biodiversity is a priority.

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10 plastic-free resolutions you should take for 2019

It’s everywhere.

In the streets, on our beaches, in our rivers. Our oceans are being filled up with it, our landfill sites running out of space. It’s concerning scientists: our plastic waste is becoming an environmental concern. Humanity’s dependence on plastic products is growing stronger than ever. The situation of our environment? Alarming.

It’s time we all do something about it. 

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4 benefits of having indoor plants

We can all agree with it: houseplants are pretty. They make your home feel more welcoming and give you a feeling of comfort. Having houseplants is like having pets all around. You can talk to them, look after them, and they keep you company. Plus, the greenie look is also becoming quite trendy.

Over the last few years, houseplants have made a big come back: they are everywhere.

But having indoor plants is not only good for decoration, it also happens to be really healthy. From boosting mood to improving the quality of the air, having plants can make you feel better. And since the hibernation season is back and heading outside sounds like a nightmare, having indoor plants will enable you to still enjoy the benefits of having nature around.

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The magic menstrual cup

Sensible people, be careful – BLOOD WARNING

(I mainly mean guys, since everything including menstruation will easily put you off- If not, then you are more than welcome to stay and read through)

For so long, we’ve been told than when it comes to our period, there are only two options: the expensive pads or the expensive tampons. Some might argue that it’s actually quite affordable and that I have nothing to moan about. But if, like me, you’re on a strict budget every month, struggling to make ends meet, then that £10 can make a difference.

But it’s not only that. Are pads and tampons really the only options? And are they sustainable? The answer is no. But they are the more common ones: they generate profits.


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Travelling while studying

Travelling the world while being a full time student can sound a bit unrealistic. But for those like me with a big thirst for travel, well the good news is that it is absolutely possible.

I’m pretty sure that everyone has a travel bucket list. And even though the idea of travelling can be intimidating (although it is, more often than not, exciting) we all have places we want to see before it is too late. Personally, my bucket list is way too long, which means I had no choice but to start as soon as possible, while studying. And I don’t regret anything – even if often it means being quite broke – it’s worth the risk.

The basic musts for travelling are money and time. With university only taking up to three days of each week, you might have guessed that time is not the issue here. Because sadly I am not rich yet, well, you might have also guessed it, the issue is money.

Not everybody is a lucky student with a grant. I had to support myself alone and find my own ways to make money. But I never considered myself to be unlucky. Not having a loan while studying just meant I had to go with the cheapest option, since all the money was coming out of my pocket. So I became a low cost traveller. Being a low cost traveller means travelling for 36 hours to get to a destination that is usually accessible by direct plane in eight hours. It means not being scared of the option of hitchhiking, it means a lot of car share and so on. Most days it was tight but it never stopped me. Hell no.

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