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...
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...
We Are Worth Saving

We Are Worth Saving

When I bought my first house, way back in 2001, I was already an environmentalist. It started – as it so often does – with a childhood love of animals and a desire to save them. Back then it was all about dolphin-friendly tuna, the ozone layer, and and...