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    We’re developing Lowimpact.org online courses in our range of topics. We’re working with specialists to provide 2-3 hours of video content for each course, backed up with text, images, charts and diagrams – everything you need to get started and to succeed in the topic of your choice.

    The courses represent excellent value, starting at £30 each – less than half the price of most comparable online courses you’ll find elsewhere, because we’re not trying to maximise profits, but to help people adopt sustainable technologies and gain skills to live more sustainably and to help them participate in a different kind of economy. They make great gifts too!

    Here are our current courses in alphabetical order. We’re going to be adding a lot more. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

    Straw-bale building

    This straw-bale building online course contains a range of documents and videos by the UK’s top straw-bale builder, Barbara Jones. The course covers all aspects of straw-bale building, from foundations, walls and roofs to tools, internal fittings and plastering, with lots of tips and inside information. Read more

    Natural soaps

    This natural soaps online course is all you need to get a background in soap and soap-making, learn to make a range of different soaps and even set up your own soap-making business. The course represents excellent value – as well as the entire text of our book, Make Your Own Natural Soaps, there are over 100 minutes of videos to accompany every aspect of the book, so that as well as reading about the processes, you can watch videos of exactly how it’s done. Read more

    Solar electricity

    This solar electricity online course is for anyone interested in the theory or practice of obtaining electricity from the sun. It covers everything you need to know if you are thinking of installing your own system, and provides all the background information you need if you are having a system installed by a professional. The course represents excellent value – there are over 200 minutes of videos to accompany pdf documents containing text and diagrams, so that as well as reading about the processes, you can watch videos of exactly how it’s done. Read more

    Weaving

    Weaving is a great way to create beautiful handmade items for your home and wardrobe without the need for any existing craft skills. It is a simple technique in its most basic form and very versatile. Use your weaving to make scarves, pictures and even clothing. Although not a requirement, if you spin too you have the added bonus of being able to create things from the very beginning, sheep to scarf! Weaving is something that both adults and young people can enjoy. Read more

    Spinning

    This spinning online course is about how to spin yarn: but not only that. It looks at the wide choice of fibres available and helps you to choose the right spinning tool for you. The course represents excellent value – as well as 13 pdf booklets, there are over 120 mins of videos to accompany every aspect of the booklets, so that as well as reading about the processes, you can watch videos of exactly how it’s done. Read more

    Herbal remedies

    This online course contains a range of documents and videos by Sorrell Robbins, a leading natural health expert and founder of The Chamomile Clinic. The herbal medicine online course covers a huge range of herbs foraged from the wild and grown in the garden. You will learn how to gather them, store them, and of course use them, with lots of tips and inside information. Read more

    Low-impact money

    This free (massive, open) online course at Masters-level will enable you to understand the past, present and future role of money in society. Are you concerned with the banking system? Bemused or fascinated by Bitcoin? Starting a local currency? Whereas most courses on money are intended for people with an economics background or banking future, this course is for people who are interested in understanding money from a social innovation perspective – it prepares the ground for answering how to create a better future by reshaping money and currency. Read more

    Compost toilets

    This online course contains over 3 hours of video, plus an entire e-book on how to build, purchase, use and maintain a range of different compost toilets. This course explains how to build a range of different compost toilets, from the very basic to luxury models. It includes the large-scale – a toilet block for a campsite; and the small-scale – a toilet extension for a house, plus retrofitting a compost toilet indoors. Read more

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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