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Feb
16
2020
Matthew Slater

Coming together to build a new economy: Matthew Slater, barefoot economist and Credit Commons co-designer, Part 2

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Together we can build a new economy

In part 1 I described why a resilient economy needs be to separate from the failing capitalist juggernaut and that we need to start by finding new economic partners from without the Market. Read more …

Feb
15
2020
Matthew Slater

Starting from scratch: Matthew Slater, barefoot economist and Credit Commons co-designer, Part 1

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Perception dollar by Matthew Slater of XR and the Credit Commons Collective

Donald Trump recently derided Greta Thunberg and everyone pleading with government to heed environmental science as ‘doomsayers’. The more imminent peak oil or environmental collapse appear, the more intransigent our political system seems to be. Whatever the reasons for this, responsible citizens can only accomplish so much while the political and economic winds are blowing against them. Read more …

Feb
12
2020
Sarah Young

A guide to composting: methods for composting indoors

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Composting indoors

Thought not having a garden meant there was little point in composting? Think again! Having covered the basics of composting in Part 1 of the series, Ethical.net take a look at different ways of composting indoors. Read more …

Feb
9
2020
Debbie Clarke

How to start a co-operative grocery in your town: Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery, Part 2

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Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery shares the Grow your own Grocery guide

This is Part 2 of an interview with Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery – a co-operative grocery store in Manchester. In Part 1, I talked with Debbie about what it’s like to work in a co-operative grocery. Here we talk about the “Grow your own Grocery” guide that her co-op has produced for people who might be interested in starting a co-operative grocery in their town – as well as how to develop the co-operative economy generally. Read more …

Feb
5
2020
Ruby Taylor

February forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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Bramble tips as February forage of the month

Bramble tips are on the menu with spring approaching, as Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares her February forage of the month. Read more …

Feb
2
2020
Dave Darby

Our new compost toilets online course is live – and we think you’ll love it!

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Tutor Cordelia Rowlatt in our new compost toilets online course

We’ve produced an online course on building, using and maintaining a range of different compost toilets. You can purchase the new compost toilets online course here. Read more …

Jan
29
2020
Ruby Harrison

Could you help save ancient woodlands as a “threat detector” with the Woodland Trust?

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Threatened ancient woodlands like this bluebell wood can be found across the UK

As the number of UK ancient woodlands threatened by built development tops the 1000 mark, we hear from Ruby Harrison at the Woodland Trust about their volunteer “threat detectors” and how you can join them. Read more …

Jan
26
2020
Dave Darby

Disillusioned with the parliamentary route to a better society? Here’s an alternative.

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Can we vote our way to a better society?

Before the election in December, I had a ‘lively debate’ with a friend – an old-school Labour supporter and Corbynite – who was trying to convince me that the only way that we can have an effective social safety net is by voting in a genuinely redistributive party, taxing the rich properly and spreading wealth back into communities. Read more …

Jan
22
2020
Nick Mann

Hedgelaying for wildlife: it’s worth the effort

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Hedgelaying for wildlife

We hear from Nick Mann of Habitat Aid about why hedgelaying for wildlife is well worth the effort – and the workout – it entails. Read more …

Jan
19
2020
Phil Christopher

Natural building and mutual credit: Phil Christopher of Huff & Puff Construction

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Natural building meets mutual credit: Phil Christopher of Huff & Puff Construction

This is an informal chat with Phil Christopher of Huff & Puff Construction. He’s a natural builder who has registered his business with the Open Credit Network. He sees mutual credit as a way to build an alternative economy – sustainable, based on small- and medium-sized businesses, and embedded in communities. We talk about ways we might build little ecosystems of businesses, doing at least some of their trade with each other in mutual credit; and then linking those networks together to create a national system – the Open Credit Network. Read more …

Jan
15
2020
Jemma Findley

11 days left to support a collaborative new online ethical lifestyle toolkit

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Permaculture Association Ethical Lifestyle Toolkit

We hear from our friends at the Permaculture Association about a new ethical lifestyle toolkit in the making alongside Ethical Consumer, and how you can help make it a reality by supporting their Crowdfunder campaign ahead of 26 January. We’re particularly excited about this one! It’s over to Jemma to tell us more… Read more …

Jan
12
2020
Lynne Davis

How to grow the non-corporate food sector: interview with Lynne Davis of the Open Food Network (Part 2)

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Lynne Davis of the Open Food Network

This is Part 2 of an interview by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org / NonCorporate.org with Lynne Davis of the Open Food Network as part of a series of interviews with people building the new economy. Here’s Part 1, and below is the transcript of the interview, plus the video. Read more …

Jan
8
2020
Ruby Harrison

How invasive non-native species threaten our woods and what we can do to help

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A Woodland Trusts woodland in Scotland

Approximately 2000 non-native plant and animal species have been introduced into the UK, causing irreparable damage and changing landscapes forever. The Woodland Trust looks at how non-native species are invading UK woodlands and what can be done to stop the spread. Read more …

Jan
5
2020
Lauren Simpson

Meet the new young farmers raring to go thanks to the Ecological Land Cooperative

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New young farmers Sinead and Adam of Aweside Farm

We meet the new faces of farming combining entrepreneurial zeal and ecological ethics, thanks to the work of the Ecological Land Cooperative. Lauren Simpson tells us more. Read more …

Jan
1
2020
Dave Darby

Is Greta Thunberg right, and if so, what do we do about it?

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Greta Thunberg

I identify with Greta Thunberg. I’m also aspergic, and I understand why she’s so motivated. I talked with several people over the Christmas period who don’t like her, for various reasons – her voice; her team fly even though she doesn’t; her parents are manipulating her; she’s too angry; she once used a plastic bottle, and so on. Read more …

Dec
29
2019
Ruby Taylor

December forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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December forage of the month: so-called King Alfred's cakes

With edible pickings thin on the ground for her December forage of the month, Ruby Taylor of Native Hands instead collects inedible fungi for fire making, commonly known as King Alfred’s cakes. Read more …

Dec
22
2019
Dave Darby

What I’ve discovered about the money system and how the world is run, since working with the Open Credit Network

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The money system

In the summer of 2018 I went along to Open2018 to see Matthew Slater talk about how we might shake up the money system with a global Credit Commons. After his presentation, Matthew and I met with Oliver Sylvester-Bradley of the Open Co-op, who organised the event, and decided to build a mutual credit network for the UK. Read more …

Dec
18
2019
Nick Mann

Wildflower meadows in spring: what to look forward to

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Dandelion found in wildflower meadows in spring

As the winter solstice approaches, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid takes a welcome look forward to the delights of his wildflower meadows in spring. Read more …

Dec
15
2019
Debbie Clarke

What it’s like to work in a cooperative grocery store: Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery, Part 1

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Debbie Clarke of Unicorn cooperative grocery

Today I’m talking with Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery – a cooperative grocery store in Manchester; and the thing I’m particularly interested in about Unicorn Grocery is that instead of wanting to become a huge chain, they’ve got a toolkit called ‘Grow your own Grocery’ to help people set up cooperative grocery stores in their own towns. Read more …

Dec
13
2019
Sarah Young

A guide to composting: the fundamentals

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"Compost happens" photo by Toni Reed via Unsplash

We share the first part of Ethical.net’s guide to composting, covering the fundamental principles of turning your food waste into a wonderful soil fertiliser. Read more …

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