Low-impact shopping articles

Jun
21
2019
Clare Fischer

Can you detox your plastic life and smash the MCS Plastic Challenge?

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The Marine Conservation Society is challenging people to get through July single-use plastic free. Could you rise to the challenge? Clare Fischer explains how to take part. Read more …

Feb
3
2019
Dil Green

How do we build a new, non-extractive economy? Dil Green of Lowimpact.org

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Today I’m talking with Dil Green, who is a member of the Lowimpact.org co-op. He used to be an architect, and was a founder member of Brixton LETS, and is now on the team of the UK Mutual Credit Network. We’ll be talking about how mutual credit and the viable system model can be used to build a new economy.

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Jan
13
2019
Maresa Bossano

Community-supported agriculture vs corporate supermarkets: Maresa Bossano of the UK CSA Network

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This is part 2 of an interview with Maresa Bossano, who is the co-ordinator for the Community-Supported Agriculture Network in the UK. Part 1 is here.

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Sep
27
2018
Richard Phillips

Ten top tips for running a market stall or craft fayre stall

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Today we’re sharing ten tips for running a market stall or craft fayre stall from the folks behind The Soap Kitchen. Read more …

Sep
23
2018
Matthew Slater

How could we build a viable alternative to the current, bank-controlled money system? Interview with Matthew Slater of the Credit Commons Collective

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This week we’re talking with Matthew Slater of the Credit Commons Collective, working to build a mutualist, credit-based alternative to the current money system. Read more …

Aug
8
2018
Dave Darby

My mutual credit journey (and how you can join in the fun)

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I often trawl the web just speculatively looking for new people or new ideas, clicking on links from interesting sites. TEDx talks are a favourite. A few years ago I came across an intriguing TEDx talk by Professor Jem Bendell called ‘the Money Myth’. Read more …

Jul
25
2018
Nithin Coca

Co-operative smartphones are coming: Nithin Coca interviews the chair of KDIM Co-op

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You can get yourself a co-operative phone and broadband provider – the Phone Co-op. But you can’t get a phone made by a co-operative – not in the UK, anyway. Nithin Coca reports from Indonesia on a co-operative in Jakarta producing low-end, cheap phones for their home market. Read more …

Jun
7
2018
Dave Darby

Announcing the launch of NonCorporate.org – how to move away from multinational corporations

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We’re pleased to announce the launch of NonCorporate.org – our sister site, dedicated to helping people move away from multinational corporations (MNCs) for everything they need. Read more …

Mar
23
2018
Tomas Remiarz

New no-dig, organic market garden for Manchester: how you can help

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We are starting a new NO DIG MARKET GARDEN that will bring fresh organic food to Manchester. You can help by joining our crowd funder at Read more …

Mar
11
2018
Eloise Sentito

Who can afford artisan goods? For truly green businesses, we have to kick the money habit

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Hi, how’s business? As an artisan working with wool, January and February are usually peak season for me, but this year they’ve been the worst months on my records, despite the big freeze. Read more …

Feb
27
2018
Dave Darby

Interview with Matthew Slater: what’s mutual credit, how can it boost the Solidarity Economy, and what can we do to help? (plus webinar)

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See yesterday’s blog post for an introduction to this article. This is an interview with Matthew Slater, who co-authored the Money & Society MOOC, a free masters level multidisciplinary online course. He co-drafted the Credit Commons white paper, a proposal for a global solidarity economy money system Read more …

Feb
26
2018
Dave Darby

The next great transition will be to the Solidarity Economy with a mutual credit exchange system

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I’ve been working in the environmental field for over 20 years, and I believe, like the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, that we’re headed for ‘biological annihilation’, and like the good folk at the Dark Mountain Project, that a crash is coming that we may or may not recover from Read more …

Feb
13
2018
David Thorpe

Proposal for a ‘one planet’ food revolution

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This is the third in a series of articles about ‘one planet’ living – the first in rural areas, and the second in cities. Now we discuss the situation as regards food production. Read more …

Feb
8
2018
Sophie Paterson

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

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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
30
2018
Dave Darby

Why much criticism of the Fair Trade movement is invalid – designed to disguise corporate exploitation of small farmers

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The Fair Trade movement was set up to secure better prices for struggling small farmers and craft producers in poor countries, and to provide funds for various improvements in their communities. It has, however, come in for some criticism for various reasons. 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 …

Jan
25
2018
Sophie Paterson

Buying green: is ethical consumerism a perfect distraction?

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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
7
2018
Dave Darby

How we got olive oil from a small farm in Portugal brought over in a sailboat by a co-operative based in Brighton – and how you can do the same

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I recently interviewed Dhara Thompson of the Sailboat Project for our new sailboats topic introduction. He told me that they are one of many new organisations that are working to bring back sailboats for cargo and passenger transport – using the power of the wind to move people and goods around the planet. Read more …

Jan
4
2018
Nicola & Richard Eckersley

Earth.Food.Love: the story of the UK’s first zero-waste shop

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Nicola and Richard Eckersley, founders of Earth.Food.Love, share their journey to pioneering the UK’s first zero-waste shop in Totnes, Devon. 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 …

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