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Dec
16
2018
Maresa Bossano

How do we grow the community-supported agriculture sector? Maresa Bossano, co-ordinator of the UK CSA Network

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Maresa Bossano of the UK CSA Network

This week we’re talking with Maresa Bossano, who is the co-ordinator for the Community-Supported Agriculture Network in the UK. Read more …

Dec
13
2018
Barbara Jones

An exciting opportunity to develop a natural building design company

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Council housing designed and built by Straw Works in North Kesteven

Leading straw-bale builder Barbara Jones shares news of an exciting opportunity to develop a growing design company in the natural building world. The author of Building with Straw Bales and star of our straw-bale building online course tells us more from here. Read more …

Dec
11
2018
Andy Reynolds

How to source timber: a joiner’s point of view

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From growing the trees to selecting the right timber for the job, Andy Reynolds brings a lifetime of experience in forestry, carpentry and innovative thinking to timber for building. Here he explains how to source timber as responsibly as you can. Read more …

Dec
9
2018
Duncan McCann

Can we build a platform co-op to challenge Über? Interview with Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation

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Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation

Dave of Lowimpact.org / Noncorporate.org talks with Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation (see video below), about platform co-ops. Duncan is starting a taxi platform co-op called Faircab, to challenge Über. Read more …

Dec
6
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

How to gather, store and eat sweet chestnuts

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Sweet chestnuts make a delicious edible treat

It’s that time of year when the delicious smell of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Jessie Watson Brown shares her tips for foraging, cooking and storing sweet chestnuts for year-round use.

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Dec
4
2018
Andrew Rollinson

Why pyrolysis and ‘plastic to fuels’ is not a solution to the plastics problem

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Pyrolysis -its not the answer to our plastic problems

Energy engineer Dr Andrew Rollinson sets out the case as to why pyrolysis and ‘plastic to fuels’ is not a sustainable solution to the plastics problem. Read more …

Dec
2
2018
Mark Simmonds

The coming crash, and why co-ops are so important: Mark Simmonds of Co-op Culture

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Mark Simmonds of Co-op Culture

Mark Simmonds gave us some free advice that saved us hundreds of pounds when we were setting up as a workers’ co-op. We talk about his work, and get deeper into the philosophy of co-operation.  Read more …

Nov
29
2018
Richard Harrington

Record numbers clean up in the Marine Conservation Society’s 25th Great British Beach Clean

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The MCS Great British Beach Clean 2018

Results show community clean-ups have made a dent in beach litter figures this year but this masks a growing plastic litter trend, according to organisers of the Great British Beach Clean, the Marine Conservation Society. Read more …

Nov
27
2018
Jon Halle

Be part of keeping UK community-owned wind power alive

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Could you help Sharenergy and the Small Wind Co-op team keep community-owned wind power alive?

From launching Scotland’s first 100% co-operatively-owned wind turbine to supporting community solar and hydro-electricity projects across the country, Sharenergy are working hard to keep UK community-owned wind power and more alive in the UK. Read more …

Nov
25
2018
Andy Goldring

How can Permaculture contribute to building a new economy? Conversation with Andy Goldring of the Permaculture Association

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Andy Goldring of Permaculture UK

We’re going to be publishing a range of videos of interviews with key people involved in building the new economy – an economy that is democratic, non-extractive and sustainable.  Read more …

Nov
21
2018
Monica King

Big news for Bridport Cohousing CLT as a planning decision is reached

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Bridport Cohousing celebrates a milestone with the granting of planning permission

We share exciting news from Bridport Cohousing CLT in Dorset, as they celebrate a landmark step in their work to build a neighbourhood with a difference. Over to them to tell us more from here. Read more …

Nov
18
2018
Dave Darby

How the EU is causing problems for the ‘Preston Model’ of local, non-corporate procurement

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How the EU is causing problems for the ‘Preston Model’ of local, non-corporate procurement

I’ve often suggested that Western states are beginning to resemble an admin department for the corporate sector. Read more …

Nov
15
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 12: spinning at last!

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In Part 12 of The Wool Journey, spinning commences at the Natural Fibre Company mill in Cornwall. Over to Sue Blacker to tell us more… Read more …

Nov
13
2018
Sigi Koko

How to make your own natural paint with milk

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Examples of homemade natural paint with milk

Whether it’s for your kitchen walls or your 5 year old’s latest masterpiece, Sigi Koko shares her simple recipes for homemade natural paint with milk. Read more …

Nov
11
2018
Dave Darby

Europe: it’s time to end the growth dependency

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It's time to end the growth dependency

We don’t usually blog about petitions – it feels a bit too much like begging, rather than doing things for ourselves and building alternatives from grassroots. However, this petition is too important to ignore, and politicians need to hear it, even though they might not be close to understanding it. Read more …

Nov
8
2018
Bas de Vries

Why natural soap is naturally better, for your skin and for the planet

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Why natural soap is naturally better with Bas de Vries

When is soap not really soap? More often than you might think. Bas de Vries of Quincessentials explores why natural soap is naturally better. Read more …

Nov
6
2018
Lesley Anderson

Living and working as a horse logger in Scotland

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Are you interested in working as a horse logger?

Steffi Schaffler lives and works in Scotland, running a horse logging business along with her partner Dave and 3 horses. Read more …

Nov
4
2018
Sophie Paterson

Fancy learning to spin or weave or know someone else who would?

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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 …

Oct
30
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 11: which yarn to make?

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Decisions, decisions - which yarn to make?

Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company continues The Wool Journey with the all of important question: which yarn to make? Read more …

Oct
28
2018
Dil Green

We’re launching a national mutual credit scheme and here’s why we’d like you to join

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Could your small business be part of a national mutual credit network?

We’re working with other groups, including Open.coop, the Credit Commons Collective and author Tom Greco to build a UK-wide mutual credit network. Read more …

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