Low-impact homes articles

Aug
26
2018
Paul Jennings

What might buildings, settlements and even regions look like through the lens of Permaculture design?

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This is the transcript of a talk given by Paul Jennings to the recent SBUK Big Straw Bale Gathering. Paul has built his straw-bale family home on a ‘One-Planet Development’ smallholding in Wales (costing £12,000). Read more …

Aug
14
2018
Richard Phillips

How to make your own scallop shell candles

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Richard Phillips of The Soap Kitchen shares how you can make your very own scallop shell candles at home with just three simple ingredients and a bit of elbow grease… Read more …

Jun
19
2018
Lucy Friedlander

Models of repopulation: bringing low-impact living to life in rural Europe

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We hear from yurt and tent builders and suppliers Spirits Intent about their new mission to revive low-impact living and rural economies in southern Europe through the Heartland Association. Read more …

Jun
12
2018
Roxy Piper

Off Grid Festival 2018: another world is possible

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Roxy Piper tells us all about this year’s Off Grid Festival, taking place from 9-12th August in the historic Tapeley Park and Gardens in North Devon, with the theme of Seven Generation Stewardship. Read more …

Jan
28
2018
Simon Lennane

How I built a Raspberry Pi Space Invaders arcade machine with my kids

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This describes how my kids and I built an arcade machine, based on a Raspberry Pi. So, the first question many of you will be asking is…. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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

Aug
18
2017
Sophie Paterson

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

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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 …

Jul
27
2017
Scarlett Penn

Taking the pee: is urine a good fertiliser?

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Many of us consider our urine to be a waste product, which we flush out of our lives with purified drinking water. Even with a low-flush toilet the average person may use about 40L of treated water a day to whisk away their wee. The eco and cash cost of sanitising water for drinking is huge, so to recklessly contaminate and flush it is, in both senses, taking the piss. Read more …

Jul
15
2017
Richard Vale

SuperHomes: free open-house events for you to have a look at homes with renewable and energy-saving technologies

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This year marks the 10th year of SuperHomes, the innovative and multi-award winning national network of over 200 homes which have all reduced their carbon footprint by a minimum of 60%. There’s a record 100 free Open House events occurring across all parts of UK Read more …

Jun
18
2017
Sigi Koko

Waste not, want not: 5 tips for collecting salvaged building materials

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Using salvage building materials brings new life to otherwise discarded items.  Reusing materials can inspire creativity and reduce construction costs. But you need to have a plan, or you risk spinning your wheels and burning out from all the leg work involved. Read more …

Feb
5
2017
Dave Darby

Why we’d be better off living like the Saxons (with a few mod cons)

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If you spend your life trying to promote low-impact living, you sometimes get asked the most ridiculous questions. More than once I’ve been asked something along the lines of: ‘you want to take us back to the Middle Ages, don’t you?’ Read more …

Dec
26
2016
Sigi Koko

Building a small home has a big payback

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Let’s get one thing straight right away…When I say “small”, I don’t mean living in a shoe box.   What I mean by “small” is living in a space that is designed…well designed…for your needs…and no more.  A small space doesn’t mean cramped. Read more …

Nov
11
2016
Ruth Phillips

Rent first to see if a self-build home in a cohousing project at an eco-chateau in France is for you

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An cohousing eco-hamlet around a chateau in the Dordogne region of France is being formed. You can rent a plot to see if the project is for you, before deciding whether to become a co-owner. Read more …

Oct
24
2016
Christina Hawkes

Ditch the bleach: switch to natural cleaning to avoid toxins and carcinogens

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Every year there is a better understanding of the risks of toxic chemicals and more and more people are benefitting from a switch to natural cleaning.  Read more …

Oct
2
2016
Tony Wrench

Having a £3k eco-home is more about attitude than building codes or regulations: interview with Tony Wrench

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This is an interview with Tony Wrench of ‘That Roundhouse’ fame. He built a super-eco roundhouse in Pembrokeshire over 20 years ago, and is still living in it, after having many battles with planners and regulatory bodies. Read more …

Sep
16
2016
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 4: front gardens – concrete or plants?

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My partner’s mother lives in Hounslow, under the Heathrow flight path and next to a dual carriageway. But she has filled her front and back garden with flowers, trees, bushes and vegetables. When she visits, she often brings pears, plums, spinach, tomatoes or flowers from her garden. Read more …

Aug
6
2016
Gordon Glass

Visit properties refurbished for energy efficiency around the country in September

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SuperHome Open Days this September promise to be extra exciting with at least six recently refurbished homes opening to the public for the first time. Around 50 pioneering households are preparing to open their doors across the UK. Read more …

May
25
2016
Richard Law

Green woodworking inspiration: mural door

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This is a copy of the door to a wall cupboard, or mural cupboard (just the same word but from a Latin stem – posh). I wrote briefly about this local cupboard now in Cliffe Castle Museum hereRead more …

Apr
5
2016
Charlotte Hintzen

How to knit a basic blanket – step by step (including how to knit)

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This video is fantastic. It shows how to create a blanket from scratch. It’s for complete beginners, so you can do it even if you don’t know how to knit. Read more …

Mar
26
2016
Dave Darby

Should the TV licence fee be scrapped?

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It’s a tricky one. The argument for the licence fee (and one that I used to subscribe to until I watched the Panorama corporate propaganda piece – see below) is that the Beeb produces drama of a quality not found anywhere else. Read more …

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