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 …

Aug
16
2017
Sophie Paterson

A year of downshifting in Devon

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Posted Aug 16 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org

Downshifting means working less, earning less and spending less and it’s what Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson has spent the past year attempting to do. She shares what she’s learnt so far and why she’d encourage others to embrace downshifting too. Read more …

Jul
23
2017
Sophie Paterson

A tale of two greenhouses: in praise of the solar greenhouse

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Posted Jul 23 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Strawberries in a Chinese solar greenhouse

Asked to describe the average greenhouse, many readers might picture a mainly glass structure. There is, however, an alternative which offers even greater growing potential across the seasons with far less energy consumption: the solar greenhouse. Particularly popular in China since the late 1970s, solar greenhouses make use of passive solar energy to retain the maximum possible amount of heat. Read more …

Jun
22
2017
Sophie Paterson

The great Human Power Plant experiment

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Posted Jun 22 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Components of the Human Power Plant

Taking pedal power to a whole new level, an ambitious project will see the conversion of a 22 floor building into an entirely human powered community of 750 students at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Dubbed the Human Power Plant, Kris de Decker of Low-tech Magazine and artist Melle Smets will lead a team exploring the feasibility of modern human energy production in what promises to be both a technical and social challenge. Read more …

Jun
11
2017
Sophie Paterson

Groundswell: an agricultural show for no-till, organic farming with cover crops and grass-fed animals

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Posted Jun 11 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Cows in a meadow

A groundswell of farmers around the world are working out how to farm in a more ecologically-friendly way. One the farmers leading the farming revolution in the UK is John Cherry, who has set up a 2-day conference on his farm in Hertfordshire, 28th and 29th of June. Read more …

Jun
4
2017
Sophie Paterson

My plastic-free life: an interview with Kate Armstrong

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Posted Jun 4 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Plastic-free - better for trees?

You may remember from our post in May that the month of June marks The Marine Conservation Society’s Plastic Challenge. But what is it actually like to give up plastic? We spoke to campaigner Kate Armstrong of plasticisrubbish.com about her decade-long journey towards and campaign for a plastic-free existence. Read more …

May
28
2017
Sophie Paterson

Resilient networks: building a low-tech internet

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Posted May 28 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
A Freifunk WiFi-node is installed as part of a low-tech internet network in Berlin, Germany - via Wikipedia Commons.

A solution to the absence of high-speed wireless networks across some developing countries and increasingly appearing in the form of WiFi based community networks in numerous countries in Europe, building a low-tech internet could have benefits for all. With excerpts from an original Low-tech Magazine article by Kris De Decker, we explore how a less resource-intensive and more energy-efficient approach to internet access could provide a resilient cooperative network with renewable energy at its heart. Read more …

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