Sep
27
2020
Sophie Paterson

Mentoring and more: support for new entrant farmers

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Posted Sep 27 2020 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Support for new entrant farmers

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 …

Sep
16
2020
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Sep 16 2020 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Reflections on Extinction: The Facts by Sir David Attenborough

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 …

Sep
9
2020
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Sep 9 2020 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Woeful year for wool in 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 …

Aug
12
2020
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Aug 12 2020 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Allotments in Melton Mowbray

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 …

Aug
5
2020
Sophie Paterson

Keeping communities growing: how to get involved

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Posted Aug 5 2020 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Keeping communities growing: Incredible Edible Todmorden

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 …

Sep
30
2019
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Sep 30 2019 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
European Straw Bale Gathering 2019 reflections

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 …

Nov
4
2018
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Nov 4 2018 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Fancy learning to spin or weave?

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 …

Jul
12
2018
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Jul 12 2018 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Land Justice Network national gathering

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 …

Mar
8
2018
Sophie Paterson

A feast of fermentation: from atchara to zymology

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Posted Mar 8 2018 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Fermentation in action on a Korean dinner table

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 …

Feb
22
2018
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Feb 22 2018 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org

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 …

Feb
8
2018
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Feb 8 2018 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
A Food Assembly in France

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 …

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
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 …

Dec
23
2017
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Dec 23 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
The Human Power Plant kitchen

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 …

Dec
12
2017
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Dec 12 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
A traditional European wooden wheelbarrow

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 …

Dec
5
2017
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Dec 5 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org

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 …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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Posted Nov 19 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org

We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Nov
5
2017
Sophie Paterson

Historically heating: forgotten ways to keep warm this winter

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Posted Nov 5 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org

With winter on the way and inspired by a recent visit to the Weald & Downland Museum, Sophie Paterson explores a selection of historical personal heating methods. Could they be adopted in homes today? Read more …

Oct
31
2017
Sophie Paterson

The great Human Power Plant experiment: an update

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Posted Oct 31 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org

Regular readers of our blog may recall an earlier post about an exciting experiment taking place in the Netherlands in the form of a hydro-pneumatic human power plant harnessing human energy. Here’s an update on progress so far. Read more …

Aug
18
2017
Sophie Paterson

In praise of the domestic larder: an alternative to the modern fridge

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Posted Aug 18 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
A 1940s style larder at Home Farm, Beamish Museum

Once a mainstay of households in times gone by, the humble larder provided a practical storage solution for foodstuffs requiring storage over a longer period of time. Read more …

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