Low-impact blog

Feb
23
2017
Laurie Walters

Interested in setting up a local food co-op? Mobile shop for sale, with free training thrown in

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We are a real food co-op in Dorset, and we have been delivering food via our trusty mobile shop, ‘the Charmouth Dragon’. We’re now taking the shop online with the good folks of Open Food Network UK Read more …

Feb
21
2017
Paul Battye

Want to join a new Midlands co-op with plans for self-build homes for its members?

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A growing Northamptonshire based business is looking for individuals who wish to become part of an ethically based worker’s collective. The current business owners, Paul Battye and Melanie Cutler, are looking to turn their business into the new collective to share with like minded individuals Read more …

Feb
19
2017
Adrian Leaman

Free timber framing training on building projects for good causes

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Making beautiful natural buildings affordable for charities, community groups, trusts and pubic organisations who put other people and the environment first. Read more …

Feb
16
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 9: learning to use Linux

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Remember the previous two blog articles about switching to open source / free software? The first was about switching to free / open source programmes whilst still using Windows, and the second was about downloading the Linux operating system onto a datastick so that you can play with it and familiarise yourself with it, but keep Windows in the mean time. Read more …

Feb
14
2017
Dave Darby

How to misrepresent Adam Smith: review of P. J. O’Rourke’s ‘On the Wealth of Nations’

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I don’t know if you’re familiar with P. J., but he’s an excellent writer, and he’s extremely, acerbically funny. With this book, as with his Give War a Chance, several times he made me spit my tea out and have to stop to wipe tea off the page. Read more …

Feb
9
2017
Fran Blockley

Fancy a life change? How about making your living from making and selling baskets?

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This is an interview with Fran Blockley of Old Chapel Farm about the potential for making your living from making and selling baskets. Read more …

Feb
9
2017
Paul Edwards

Is modern life a mistake?

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I was back recently in my old stomping ground of Bicester in Oxfordshire – it was not a happy visit. Read more …

Feb
7
2017
Daniel Scharf

If ‘agroecology’ is such a good idea, how can we get the planning system to promote it?

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The planning system doesn’t currently differentiate between different types of agriculture, and maybe it should. The type of agriculture we prefer could be labelled ‘agroecology’ – but the problem is how to define it and how to get the planning system to recognise it, let alone promote it. Read more …

Feb
5
2017
Dave Darby

Why we’d be better off living like the Saxons (with a few mod cons)

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If you spend your life trying to promote low-impact living, you sometimes get asked the most ridiculous questions. More than once I’ve been asked something along the lines of: ‘you want to take us back to the Middle Ages, don’t you?’ Read more …

Feb
2
2017
Ian Dowson

Wood-fired pizza van: free to a good home

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I’ve had six years of self-employed catering with Proved Wood-fired Pizza, alongside working full-time in the housing and homeless sector. I originally wanted to sell the van/business to help fund going back to university as a full-time student. Read more …

Jan
31
2017
Dave Darby

Is a Permaculture world achievable, and if so, why are we moving in the opposite direction?

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Every species has to live in harmony with nature, and humans are no exception. The alternative is gruesome and very short-term. Our ultimate and most valuable treasures are the soil and the sea. They provide all our food Read more …

Jan
28
2017
Jenny Steel

Nature in February – what to look out for

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Already there are birds around the garden preparing for nesting. Blue Tits in particular have been checking out a couple of nest boxes that I can see from the house, one of which is right outside a bedroom window. Read more …

Jan
27
2017
John Harrison

What to sow, plant and harvest in your polytunnel or greenhouse in February

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In your greenhouse or tunnel you may now be fooled that spring has arrived. Your tunnel or greenhouse can easily warm up to 20˚C during sunny spells. You also notice that the days are getting longer and your gardening itch is starting up again. Read more …

Jan
26
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for February

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February, being the last of the winter months , often has a sting and ends up being the coldest month. So, more than any other month, this one you need to play according to local conditions. It’s best to hold off than try to sow in waterlogged, near frozen ground that will most likely rot any seeds. Read more …

Jan
25
2017
Dave Darby

Part-time work available in the Lowimpact.org team

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We’re looking for a somebody to work with us – from home, part-time, to market our activities and our publications to more people. Read more …

Jan
22
2017
Jo Cowan

How to reduce the environmental impact of your wedding

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Your wedding day is obviously one of the biggest days of your life — but it can also be huge for your carbon footprint. In the UK, the average cost of a wedding is over £20,000. Not only is this a huge amount of money to spend on a single day Read more …

Jan
20
2017
Cassandra Lishman

Help our off-grid, timber, straw-bale and stone ‘eco-pod’ project happen, then come and stay in it!

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Hi, my name is Cassie. My daughter is called Bea, she’s the bigger girls in the picture there. She absolutely loves horses! I also have a son called David, who is going to be an actor; my husband is called Nigel, and our eldest son is called Ted. Read more …

Jan
17
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 8: how to test drive Linux from a datastick, but keep Windows for the time being

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A while ago I blogged about the various open source programmes I’m using. I’m absolutely non-techie when it comes to IT. I have no interest in the technical underpinning of what I want to do with my computer, and this makes it difficult for technical people to explain things to me. Read more …

Jan
15
2017
Dave Darby

What to do if you want to build your home on a spot occupied by an ancient tree

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We’ve been contacted several times by people who ask why we’re promoting the building of timber homes and the burning of wood in wood stoves or biomass boilers. Their argument was that timber building and the production of firewood require the felling of trees Read more …

Jan
13
2017
Dave Darby

Ecology as theology: religion must oppose the destruction of nature

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The vast majority of the world’s population subscribe to a religion. According to Pew Research, although the number of people unaffiliated with a particular faith will increase by 2050, as a percentage, this group will fall from 16% now to 13% in 2050 Read more …

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