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How to reclaim the empty shops on your local high street

Adam Oxford

17th September, 2010

A pioneering network has a toolkit for turning the nation's decrepit private spaces into public places more...
Community garden

Life without supermarkets: community action is the best way to beat them

Laura Laker

10th August, 2010

A hypermarket victory in Hackney demonstrates how local groups can help protect community shops... more...
RepRap 'Mendel' machine

Will the RepRap machine bring a new manufacturing and the end of consumerism?

Ann Danylkiw

20th July, 2010

3D printing machines such as the 'RepRap' already allow people to design and 'print out' products at home. Could this be the beginning of the end for traditional, capitalist manufacturing? more...
Homemade Kids

Six ways to teach kids to value community life

Nicola Baird

8th July, 2010

This extract from the new book Homemade Kids offers some inspirational ways you and your kids can get stuck back into local life more...

How to campaign for better food

Zofia Walczak & Matilda Lee

29th June, 2010

Concerned about the state of your food? Here are some ways to tackle the problem at root - from community gardens to animal welfare more...
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Committing to a life without supermarkets

Laura Laker

14th May, 2010

No-one enjoys supermarket shopping. But kicking the habit requires conviction, as Laura Laker reveals in the first of a new series... more...
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Beef: an interactive buyer's guide

Darina Allen

1st February, 2010

Do you know your clod from your foreshin? Learn more about rare, cheap cuts of beef (and why local and well-hung meat is best) in this interactive guide from chef Darina Allen more...
Molly Scott Cato

Greens should revel in Christmas, not shun it

Molly Scott Cato

21st December, 2009

No hairshirt or sandals for Molly this year - she's bellowing carols and splashing the cash (in her local currency, of course) more...
Richmond biodiesel

Councils using chip fat as fuel and road filler

Amy Dickson

5th November, 2009

Richmond council has become the first in the country to run its entire vehicle fleet on 100 per cent recycled biodiesel, while Lincolnshire is using the stuff to patch roads more...
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10 ideas for sustainable economies and businesses

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Business and the wider economy can become sustainable parts of the ecosystem - here are some ideas more...

CASE STUDY: turning farmland into allotments

Dorienne Robinson

6th October, 2009

Chyanhall Allotments in Cornwall has provided a successful model for farmers and landowners to generate income while providing a grow-your-own space for the community more...
food co-ops

How to set up your own local food co-op

Stephanie Wallis

10th September, 2009

Food co-ops are a way of buying fresh, locally grown food for less money. Sustain have produced an online resource, 'the Food Co-ops Toolkit', that explains how to start one up more...

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CASE STUDY: the Slow Food revolution

Matilda Lee

20th July, 2009

Can the delicious revolution reach out to the uncommitted? more...
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CASE STUDY: recycling bicycles

Claire Baylis

1st March, 2009

It’s the greener way to go, but it seems bicycling can tackle everything from health issues to homelessness. Claire Baylis learns the meaning of true pedal power. more...
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CASE STUDY: greening a football stadium

David Craik

1st October, 2008

With its grass roof, solar panels and low-energy lighting, the beautiful game now has its own beautiful eco home. David Craik meets the man making it happen more...
Under the Thatch

Green holidays: Under the Thatch

Richard Hammond

1st July, 2008

Derelict cottages restored to former glory, happy holidaymakers and revived communities – all the result of one man’s vision. Richard Hammond reports more...
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CASE STUDY: local food needs local supply chains

Laura Sevier

2nd February, 2008

'I can tell you what farm every cow came from, how long it's been in the family, where it's been killed and if it had a name.' Laura Sevier meets an inspirational Orcadian food supplier more...
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CASE STUDY: keeping local areas distinctive

Paul Kingsnorth

1st December, 2006

The UK’s most successful NGO is based in a Dorset village, with no members or PR team. Paul Kingsnorth meets the duo behind it… more...
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People power: support the campaign for the Sustainable Communities Bill

LOCAL WORKS

2nd December, 2005

A Bill drafted by environmental groups and community organisations to make the places we live more sustainable and reverse community decline. But it will only become law with massive grass roots support - that means you!..... more...
Cash hordes

The more we recycle, the more waste firms profit

Shlomo Dowen

22nd October, 2009

Earlier this month, campaigner Shlomo Dowen won a landmark High Court case that forced Nottinghamshire council to reveal its financial arrangements with waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services. So what did Veolia want to keep so quiet? more...
Apple Day

How to celebrate British apples

Laura Sevier

15th October, 2009

There's more to apples than Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. As this year's Apple Day approaches, Laura Sevier outlines the who, what and where of rare and local varieties more...

Local Food: How to Make it Happen in Your Community

Andy McKee

13th October, 2009

Tamzin Pinkerton and Rob Hopkins have created a one-stop guide packed with ideas, tips and examples of how to source food closer to home more...

Launch of the Brixton Pound

Positive TV

24th September, 2009

Last week saw the launch of Brixton's local currency, the Brixton Pound, with much fanfare. In this interview, we get the details on the new notes from Duncan Law more...

10 steps to creating a local food group

Tamzin Pinkerton and Rob Hopkins

24th September, 2009

Tamzin Pinkerton & Rob Hopkins's new book, Local Food, is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in creating a local food group. Here's an extract to whet your appetite... more...
Tom Hodgkinson

Bring back real markets

Tom Hodgkinson

11th September, 2009

Tom Hodgkinson lays out the case for the return of street markets. Wouldn't we all be better off living outside the box? more...

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