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Apr
15
2021
Eileen Sutherland

Putting straw on the public building map: the UP STRAW 2020 Yearbook

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UP STRAW 2020 Yearbook

Eileen Sutherland shares highlights from the UP STRAW 2020 Yearbook, as this pioneering pan-European project putting straw on the public and urban building map enters its final phases this spring and summer. Read more …

Apr
8
2021
Scarlett Penn

New found freedom: WWOOFing as a digital nomad

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WWOOFing as a digital nomad: WWOOFer Imogen

Are you a remote worker dreaming of pastures new? WWOOFer Imogen shares how her experience of WWOOFing as a digital nomad enabled her to combine making a living with meaningful volunteering. Read more …

Apr
4
2021
Dave Darby

Saving and investment in a mutual credit world

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Piggy banks : savings investment mutual credit world

Nothing we do to try to move to a sustainable, healthy and democratic society will work as long as we have the current money system, because money has two conflicting functions. It can be used to buy and sell things, and it can be used to store, hoard, accumulate and become wealthy with. As long as that’s the case, money will gravitate towards stored wealth, because money attracts money and gives access to the political system. Read more …

Apr
1
2021
Sarah Young

A beginners’ guide to farmers’ markets: Part 3

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Guide farmers' market

Our friends at Ethical.net share what to look for in local food and drink in their guide to farmers’ market shopping, plus how else to access sustainable produce from local producers. Read more …

Mar
26
2021
Sophie Paterson

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

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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
21
2021
Dave Darby

New money stories: the eleven dollar bill

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I’m writing a book – published by Chelsea Green next January – about the possibility of building a new economy around a moneyless, mutual credit core, at a time when money is going to be scarce. I’m often told that the best way to get new ideas across is with a story. Read more …

Mar
18
2021
Sarah Young

A beginners’ guide to farmers’ markets: Part 2

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A beginners' guide to farmers' markets : Part 2 - what to expect

In the second instalment of A beginners’ guide to farmers’ markets, Elizabeth Waddington of Ethical.net explores how to find and what to expect at your local farmers’ market, as well as how to ensure your shop is as affordable as possible. Read more …

Mar
10
2021
Sarah Young

A beginners’ guide to farmers’ markets: Part 1

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Farmers' markets

Not sure how to make the most of your local farmers’ market? In the first part of A beginners’ guide to farmers’ markets, Elizabeth Waddington of Ethical.net sets out how and why shopping at your local farmers’ market can make a real and positive difference. Read more …

Mar
7
2021
Dave Darby

Incredible new research: how small businesses can be saved post-Covid

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Mutual credit for small businesses post-Covid

It seems pretty obvious that there’s a giant economic slump on the way that’s going to sweep away millions of small and medium-sized businesses around the world, so that Amazon can step in to continue to try to take over the entire global economy. Read more …

Mar
3
2021
Sophie Paterson

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

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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 …

Feb
25
2021
Sarah Young

How to start a community garden: Part 3

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How to start a community garden Part 3

In the final instalment of how to start a community garden with Ethical.net, it’s time to address the key issues of planning and design, as well as how to make sure it’s sustainable in every way. Read more …

Feb
21
2021
Brett Scott

The Future of Money (Part 2): with Brett Scott

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The Future of Money Brett Scott Part 2

This is part 2 of a conversation with Brett Scott, author and specialist in the money system. Here’s his excellent YouTube channel, and I’ll add links to other things we talk about as well. Part 1 is here. Read more …

Feb
17
2021
Sarah Young

How to start a community garden: Part 2

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How to start a community garden: Part 2

We explore the nuts and bolts of how to start a community garden with Ethical.net, this time tackling finding a site and first steps towards sourcing funding. Read more …

Feb
10
2021
Sarah Young

How to start a community garden: Part 1

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How to start a community garden - Part 1

With the UK lockdown ongoing, many of us will be dreaming of days when we can once again be out and about and active in our local community. With this in mind, we share a series from Ethical.net exploring how to start a community garden. Read more …

Feb
7
2021
Brett Scott

The Future of Money (Part 1): with Brett Scott

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The future of money (Part 1) with Brett Scott

Today I’m talking with Brett Scott, author and specialist in the money system. Here’s his excellent YouTube channel, and I’ll add links to other things we talk about as well. Read more …

Feb
3
2021
Ruby Taylor

February forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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February forage of the month: early greens include gorse flower

With the start of the ‘hungry gap’ a month away, Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares her February forage of the month, starring early greens. Read more …

Jan
31
2021
Dave Darby

Help Lowimpact.org become a wiki, to provide more (and more relevant) information for visitors

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Help Lowimpact.org become a wiki

We’ve been liaising with Simon Grant, of the P2P Foundation Wiki, and making plans for turning Lowimpact.org into a wiki. We already have a network of specialists who provide information for our topics and respond to visitors’ queries. We want to expand this network, as well as the number of topics we cover. Read more …

Jan
27
2021
Sophie Paterson

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

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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 …

Jan
24
2021
Dave Darby

Resources to accompany upcoming book on new economy built around mutual credit

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Resources for mutual credit book

I have a contract to produce a book about growing a new economy, in communities, with mutual credit at the core. This article is a listing of key resources: video interviews I’ve done with relevant people whilst researching the book, plus articles and websites providing additional information. Read more …

Jan
21
2021
Nick Mann

Neonicotinoids and climate change

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With neonicotinoids back in the news this month, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid shares his views on the growing threat they pose in combination with climate change. Read more …

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