Mar
26
2021
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Mar 26 2021 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Helping heritage crafts : basketmaking

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 …

Mar
3
2021
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Mar 3 2021 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
In praise of compost toilets: why I love compost loos

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 …

Jan
27
2021
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Jan 27 2021 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Keep your tech ticking over: how to extend the lifetime of your laptop

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 …

Nov
11
2020
Sophie Paterson

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

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Posted Nov 11 2020 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org

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 …

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 …

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