Solarpunk: Radical optimism

Solarpunk: Radical optimism

The world seems to have wandered into unending gloom and doom at the moment. The UK’s political chaos, the world’s descent into intolerant hate, the ignored urgency of the climate emergency… and the weather has turned damp and dank (as April tends to...
Recycling the garden

Recycling the garden

I was out in the potting shed yesterday morning and sowed the first seeds of my 2019 gardening season – sweet peppers, leeks, purple sprouting broccoli and some salads. They’ll all be inside for the next few weeks, as although the weather is unseasonably...
Concrete and the circular economy

Concrete and the circular economy

Last week, Ryan and I watched a marvellous mobile machine that turned chunks of ripped up concrete into gravel. We assumed it would then be used for hardcore – the bottom layer of roads and paving – and it’s a nifty way of locally recycling a...
Insect Armageddon

Insect Armageddon

National Nest Box Week starts tomorrow. This annual event encourages us to head out and hang up a new nest box, so that our favourite garden birds have somewhere to raise a family. It’s one thing that may help slow their decline. Whilst we have been bombarded...
Hard Water Hair Care

Hard Water Hair Care

I have pretty much always lived in areas with hard water, and with its knock-on effects – scale in the kettle, dried out skin and soap scum on everything. Using detergent-based toiletries has always made sense to me, because (with our water) they’re easier...