Oct
30
2015
Paul Jennings

How a ‘chicken tractor’ can clear and improve soil, as well as getting rid of pests

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Posted Oct 30 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
chickentractor

My vegetable field has some problems. It’s not that vegetables don’t grow there; over two seasons I’ve had some notable successes, it’s just that there’s verdant weed growth throughout, more slugs than you can shake a stick at, and the soil needs improving Read more …

Oct
28
2015
Katrina McKenzie

Starting your own business: how to sell hand-made soaps

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Posted Oct 28 2015 by Katrina McKenzie of Small World Soaps
CNV00020

As you enjoy soap making as a hobby and develop your expertise, you may find a growing demand for your soaps which awakens your inner entrepreneur; it can be fun and rewarding to earn money from something you love doing. Read more …

Oct
26
2015
Dave Darby

The impossibility of perpetual economic growth in four easy steps

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Posted Oct 26 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
extinction-graph

Step 1: perpetual material growth in the economy is impossible on a finite planet. Read more …

Oct
24
2015
Dave Darby

‘The Tyranny of Structurelessness’: some thoughts

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Posted Oct 24 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
freemanjo1

The Tyranny of Structurelessness is a seminal essay by Joreen Freeman (above), written in 1970. I read it for the first time recently, but I’ve known about it for many years, and in fact, I lived in an intentional community where it was regularly mentioned, and at least some of us lived by its main principle. Read more …

Oct
22
2015
Dave Darby

Why international investors (i.e. ‘the 1%’) couldn’t care less about politics

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Posted Oct 22 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
fracking-democracy

Bloomberg recently covered a Credit Suisse report on the concerns of international investors in the US, in Europe and in Asia. What they found was very interesting – that their concerns were entirely economic. They just couldn’t care less about politics – and especially who gets elected in which country. Read more …

Oct
20
2015
Dave Darby

Overview of TTIP, and why Europeans are very unhappy about it

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Posted Oct 20 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
ttip-tube

I don’t know who slipped these anti-TTIP posters onto London Underground trains, but respect to them. If you don’t know about TTIP, here’s some basic information. Read more …

Oct
17
2015
Dave Darby

Communities in Scotland may soon be able to purchase land even if the landowner doesn’t want to sell; where do you stand?

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Posted Oct 17 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

There are radical changes on the table when it comes to land ownership in Scotland. The Land Reform Scotland Bill is intended to address the huge disparity in land ownership in Scotland – but there is one clause that is making some people extremely hopeful, and other very worried. Read more …

Oct
15
2015
Phil Moore

Brighton’s iconic earthship: appeal for upgrade of energy and water systems

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ViewFromWestByMischaHewitt

Earthships are self-contained living vessels that don’t rely on mains water or energy from big companies. Earthships use natural systems to provide all their own utilities — solar energy for heat and power, and rain for water Read more …

Oct
13
2015
Andrew Rollinson

The price of the average wedding is now over £20k; how to do it for much less and give the finger to ‘Brides’ magazine

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Posted Oct 13 2015 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth
wedding-featured

Flanked by an advert for the Ocean Club honeymoon resort in the Bahamas, with young bride and groom toasting a glass of champagne, Brides – “the UK’s number 1 bridal magazine” announces to its readers that “Planning your wedding starts here” Read more …

Oct
11
2015
Dave Darby

Rebels vs the Empire: why real life is like Star Wars

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Posted Oct 11 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
vader

My brother is not politically or philosophically motivated, not particularly well read, and doesn’t keep up with current affairs. Most people are like that. Let’s call them ‘the mainstream’, if that’s not disrespectful. I don’t think it is – he’s my brother, after all. Read more …

Oct
8
2015
Paul Jennings

One Planet Development arrested: my attempts to build a home on a smallholding in Wales

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Posted Oct 8 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
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We moved to Wales because of an extraordinary Welsh Government policy. I shan’t lie, despite all experience and political conviction to the contrary, we were optimistic. One Planet Development seemed to be the kind of advance for low impact living and sustainable land use that we had been hoping for Read more …

Oct
6
2015
Dave Darby

Cycle lanes bring more revenue to local businesses than car parking spaces – so why do so many businesses think they don’t?

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Posted Oct 6 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
cycle-lanes-blog

Here’s the story – Enfield borough has received £30 million in funding from Transport for London to install dedicated cycle lanes on some of its main roads, removing on-street parking, adding zebra crossings and trees. Read more …

Oct
4
2015
Dave Darby

How much should a loaf of bread cost?

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Posted Oct 4 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
blog-price-of-bread

You can now get white sliced bread in supermarkets for around 50p a loaf; or you can get hand-baked, organic loaves from independent bakers for around £3.50. We can also bake our own bread. What’s the best option, do you think?
Read more …

Oct
2
2015
Phil Christopher

Career change: how I left software development to become a natural builder

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Natural builder Phil Christopher of Huff and Puff Construction

When I was young I wanted to do a lot of different things, but the core ambition was always to do something that would help our environment, not make it worse. Read more …

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