The Secrets Behind the Japanese’s Longevity [Infographic]

Japan’s high life expectancy can be traced to its longevity diet, of which the Okinawa diet is the most well-known.

The Japanese have the second highest life expectancy in the world. Want to know their secrets of longevity and the longevity foods they eat? See the infographic below!

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Is Cohousing the Future? [Infographic]

“Cohousing communities are communities organised collaboratively. Residents have their own private spaces but band together to share meals and facilities, organise activities and look out for each other.

The focus is on community. All that’s required is a neighbourhood where people want to band together, take care of one another and collaborate for the good of all.”

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Small Business Saturday [Infographic]

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Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities.

By supporting local, independently-owned small businesses, we’re helping create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.

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Urban Agriculture [Infographic]

Originally Published by Bozzuto Team on Bozzuto blog {broken link}

Urban Agriculture is a movement towards growing and raising more food within densely populated areas of major cities. Today, about 15% of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. Since space is limited in big cities, you may have noticed city gardens sprouting up in smaller spaces (like rooftops or apartment balconies). Another green benefit to urban gardening is that you can re-purpose old recyclable milk jugs or woven baskets and use them as containers for new veggies. Vegetables that are ideally suited for growing in containers include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, green onions, beans, lettuce, squash, radishes and parsley.

Have you already been practicing urban agriculture and balcony or patio gardening? We would love to hear about it! What tips can you share on how to have the greenest thumb on the block?

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Community Clean-Up in Heidelberg 2014

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Photo 23.03.14 10 04 19What comes to your mind, when you hear the term “spring cleaning”? Cleaning your house or apartment more thoroughly than usual, e.g. also behind the cupboard? At least that’s what came to my mind when I first heard about Spring Cleaning a.k.a. “Community Clean-Up” in Heidelberg.

What it turned out to be was that you meet moderately early (10am is early on a weekend, isn’t it?) with a bunch of locals at an announced location, get a warning vest, gloves, a plastic bag and a gripper. And then you set off and collect garbage. We did this twice during this year’s clean-up (it almost seems to be a tradition here for at least a couple of years): first up in the locals woods around Köningstuhl and the second time in the new district next to our own.

Photo 29.03.14 11 17 07When we were out there picking up cigarette butts (smokers really aren’t tidy people, are they? Seriously, there were so many of those “bastards”, as my wife called them … we’re talking about the cigarette butts 😉 ), glass bottles and trash from the local fast food restaurant, people asked us if we were workers from the town council or – half joking? – if we were doing community service. True, it looked very much like the tasks you would have to do as a punishment. And we were very much tempted to say something like “Yeah, I got caught throwing a cigeratte butt on the street … it was either this or paying a big fine …”. We didn’t but well, next year maybe … Anyway, just to avoid any misunderstanding: we were volunteers!

It is definitely a good exercise – it opens your eyes to the trash flying around on the streets. And that way, one is more aware of the garbage on the streets. Looking on the ground for about two hours and scanning it for candy wrappers and the ever present cigarette butts does that to you.

All in all, it was definitely a lot of fun and I’m sure we’ll be taking part again next year!

Photos from slideshow taken from Heidelberg city website.
Source: Frühjahrsputz 2014 in Heidelberg

Do you have something similar in the area where you live?
Have a look in your area, help keeping the streets clean and join the fun!