Jan
30
2018
Dave Darby

Why much criticism of the Fair Trade movement is invalid – designed to disguise corporate exploitation of small farmers

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Posted Jan 30 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

The Fair Trade movement was set up to secure better prices for struggling small farmers and craft producers in poor countries, and to provide funds for various improvements in their communities. It has, however, come in for some criticism for various reasons. Read more …

Jan
28
2018
Simon Lennane

How I built a Raspberry Pi Space Invaders arcade machine with my kids

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This describes how my kids and I built an arcade machine, based on a Raspberry Pi. So, the first question many of you will be asking is…. Read more …

Jan
25
2018
Sophie Paterson

Buying green: is ethical consumerism a perfect distraction?

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Posted Jan 25 2018 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
By Christopher DOMBRES (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Eco-consumption, ethical consumerism, sustainable shopping. Call it what we may, “buying green” has grown into something of a hot topic in the last decade. But is it the sustainable solution some claim it to be or is it in fact the perfect distraction? Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson explores. Read more …

Jan
23
2018
Andrew Rollinson

Joy in enough: awakening to a new economics

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Posted Jan 23 2018 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth

On 18th November last year there was a one-day workshop in Sheffield called “Joy in Enough – Awakening to a New Economics”. It was delivered by Green Christian who are a multi-denominational charity that have been operating for over thirty years. Read more …

Jan
21
2018
Teresinha Roberts

Meet madder, woad & weld: traditional dye plants of Europe

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Posted Jan 21 2018 by Teresinha Roberts of Wild Colours
Roots of the madder plant being cut for use in natural dyeing

In this post, textile artist Teresinha Roberts of Wild Colours tells us all about the top three European dye plants for use in natural dyeing: madder, woad and weld. Read more …

Jan
19
2018
Scarlett Penn

My reflections on the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018

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Posted Jan 19 2018 by Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK

I’ve heard several people say they love going to the Oxford Real Farming Conference because it fires them up for the farming year, and I couldn’t agree more. ORFC is so inspiring to people like us because it was set up by a group frustrated at the lack of representation for organic and small-scale producers at the decades-old Oxford Farming Conference. Read more …

Jan
18
2018
Dee Butterly

How you can help the Landworkers’ Alliance get more farmers and better food in the UK

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All over Europe, for a long time there has been a trend towards larger, monoculture farms and industrial agriculture. Smaller farms have been swallowed up and farmers have been leaving the land in their millions. Read more …

Jan
16
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 6: grading, sorting and storing of fleeces following shearing

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The Wool Journey Part 6: a freshly graded, sorted and clean fleece ready to store

In the sixth installment of The Wool Journey by Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company and Blacker Yarns, she outlines the crucial steps of grading, sorting and storing of fleeces following shearing. Read more …

Jan
14
2018
Peter Hall

Debate: how sustainable can an eco-hotel and permaculture community be if it’s for Brits in Portugal?

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Posted Jan 14 2018 by Peter Hall of the Green Man Hotel

We were approached by Peter to ask if we would help promote a proposed eco-holiday complex and permaculture settlement in Portugal. I replied that I didn’t think we could, as I have strong reservations about this kind of eco-hotel development, and explained why. Peter came back with some counter-arguments, and I asked him whether he’d be happy to have this debate in public Read more …

Jan
12
2018
Steve Hanson

How to get 500 hot showers from your compost heap!

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Posted Jan 12 2018 by Steve Hanson of Permaculture Eden

I guess most people wonder what showers and compost have to do with each other, being showered with compost is probably not anyone’s idea of being cleaned. However there is a perfectly valid connection and it’s one we have been exploiting now for four years and to good effect. Read more …

Jan
11
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

How to identify trees in winter

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Posted Jan 11 2018 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed

It’s one thing to identify deciduous trees in summer, with their distinctive leaves on full show, but what about winter? Without leaves, we have to look at other telltale signs. After a bit of practice, it can be easier than you think. Have a go, using these helpful methods, which will make it easier to identify trees in leaf too.
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Jan
9
2018
David Thorpe

Urban one-planet development: how can cities reduce their ecological footprint?

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Posted Jan 9 2018 by David Thorpe of The One Planet Life

The last post in this series looked at the vital role of ecological footprinting in ensuring that our individual actions are truly sustainable – i.e. within the limits of what the Earth’s resources can provide. This is called ‘one planet’ development. Read more …

Jan
7
2018
Dave Darby

How we got olive oil from a small farm in Portugal brought over in a sailboat by a co-operative based in Brighton – and how you can do the same

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Posted Jan 7 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I recently interviewed Dhara Thompson of the Sailboat Project for our new sailboats topic introduction. He told me that they are one of many new organisations that are working to bring back sailboats for cargo and passenger transport – using the power of the wind to move people and goods around the planet. Read more …

Jan
4
2018
Nicola & Richard Eckersley

Earth.Food.Love: the story of the UK’s first zero-waste shop

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The Zero Waste Shop, Totnes, Devon.

Nicola and Richard Eckersley, founders of Earth.Food.Love, share their journey to pioneering the UK’s first zero-waste shop in Totnes, Devon. Read more …

Jan
2
2018
Sophie Paterson

The potential power of sharing: from Share Shops to Streetbank

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Posted Jan 2 2018 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Wen Lee & Chris Stratton of Frugal Happy with their hand-built Share Shed

In this post Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org explores the power of sharing in a growing movement including The Library of Things, Streetbank, Share Shops and more. Read more …

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