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    Craft in a crisis: helping heritage crafts come back from the brink

    Sophie Paterson 26-Mar-2021

    With a host of already endangered heritage crafts at even greater risk as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, what does the future hold and how can we play a part in helping heritage crafts survive and even thrive? Sophie Paterson explores. Read more

    In praise of the compost toilet: why I love compost loos

    Sophie Paterson 03-Mar-2021

    In praise of the compost toilet, Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson shares her love of compost loos, showcasing their versatility and practicality with a rundown of her favourites through the years. Read more

    Keeping your tech ticking: how to extend the lifetime of your laptop

    Sophie Paterson 27-Jan-2021

    Have a feeling your device is on its last legs and dreading the day you might have to consider buying a new one? Sophie Paterson shares top tips to keep your technological devices ticking, starting with how to extend the lifetime of your laptop. Read more

    Review: A Complete Guide to Straw Bale Building by Rikki Nitzkin and Maren Termens

    Sophie Paterson 11-Nov-2020

    Sophie Paterson reviews a valuable new addition to any natural building bookshelf in the form of A Complete Guide to Straw Bale Building by Rikki Nitzkin and Maren Termens, published by Permanent Publications earlier this month. Read more

    Mentoring and more: support for new entrant farmers

    Sophie Paterson 27-Sep-2020

    Know someone taking their first steps into farming? We take a look at a growing wealth of schemes and resources providing support for new entrant farmers. Read more

    Reflections on ‘Extinction: The Facts’ by Sir David Attenborough

    Sophie Paterson 16-Sep-2020

    Hailed as ‘essential viewing’, ‘painful’ and ‘terrifying’ by viewers, Sophie Paterson shares her reflections on the hard-hitting BBC documentary Extinction: The Facts. Read more

    A woeful year for wool in 2020 – and how you can support your local producers

    Sophie Paterson 09-Sep-2020

    Already suffering a downturn as an industry in recent years, the Covid-19 crisis has resulted in a particularly woeful year for wool in 2020. How have producers been faring and what can we do to support them as best as possible? Read more

    Zero food miles, zero packaging and plenty more: in praise of allotments

    Sophie Paterson 12-Aug-2020

    Monday marked the beginning of National Allotments Week 2020, at a time when the number of prospective allotmenteers far exceeds the number of available allotments. So what do allotments have to offer that means so many of us are itching to get our hands dirty? Read more

    Keeping communities growing: how to get involved

    Sophie Paterson 05-Aug-2020

    With huge changes demanded by the Covid-19 pandemic, community gardens and growing spaces up and down the country are adapting to new realities. Here’s how you can support and get involved in their work to keep communities growing. Read more

    Straw bale, strohballen, strobaal: reflections on the European Straw Bale Gathering 2019

    Sophie Paterson 30-Sep-2019

    Hosted by the UK for the first time last month, Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson shares her reflections on the European Straw Bale Gathering 2019. Read more

    Fancy learning to spin or weave or know someone else who would?

    Sophie Paterson 04-Nov-2018

    Are you tempted to give learning to spin or weave a whirl but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you have a friend or family member looking for a new craft challenge? Our new online courses are for you! Read more

    Join the Land Justice Network national gathering on 18 August in Sheffield

    Sophie Paterson 12-Jul-2018

    The Land Justice Network national gathering is your chance to learn about their work campaigning for land reform and to together help plan next steps. Read more

    A feast of fermentation: from atchara to zymology

    Sophie Paterson 08-Mar-2018

    Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org takes a look at the diversity of tastes offered by fermentation, a low-impact form of food preservation which has endured through time and across cultures. Read more

    The Human Power Plant experiment: how many hours of power generation a day?

    Sophie Paterson 22-Feb-2018

    In this latest update on the Human Power Plant experiment, we learn just what a daily power generation schedule might involve when it comes to 750 students of Utrecht University literally producing their very own electricity. Read more

    The Food Assembly: connecting you to local farmers and food makers

    Sophie Paterson 08-Feb-2018

    Sophie Paterson explores how a movement founded in France is connecting communities to local farmers and food makers across Britain: enter The Food Assembly. But does it really offer the best deal to producers, hosts and customers alike? Read more

    Buying green: is ethical consumerism a perfect distraction?

    Sophie Paterson 25-Jan-2018

    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

    The potential power of sharing: from Share Shops to Streetbank

    Sophie Paterson 02-Jan-2018

    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

    Feeding the Human Power Plant: can calories be carbon-neutral?

    Sophie Paterson 23-Dec-2017

    We take a look at the food it may take to fuel the great Human Power Plant, an experiment in the making where students of Utrecht University in the Netherlands will power their very own carbon-neutral accommodation block. Read more

    In praise of the wheelbarrow: low-impact transportation at its best?

    Sophie Paterson 12-Dec-2017

    Perhaps these days most commonly associated with the garden, there’s more to the humble wheelbarrow than you might think. Sophie Paterson explores its potential, past and present, as a low-impact form of transportation. Read more

    Reduce, reuse… repair? The repair renaissance building skills and communities

    Sophie Paterson 05-Dec-2017

    With UK media decrying a recent YouGov survey revealing a whopping 69% of 18-24 year olds in the UK don’t know how to bleed a radiator and 54% would be flummoxed replacing a fuse, what hope is there for a repair renaissance amidst the current tide of throwaway consumerism? Read more

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