The benefits of muted light

Have you walked down a suburban street at night and noticed how bright the lights inside some houses are; conflagrations of illumination, mimicking the brightest sunshine.

As well as being a waste of electricity, bright lights […]

The benefits of honeybees

Honeybees are of huge economic importance, vital for the pollination of many fruit, vegetable and seed crops. Also a wide variety of important products are made from the honey, beeswax, pollen, royal jelly and propolis […]

The net energy of food

Food provides people with energy, but it also takes energy to gather, cultivate, process and prepare food. The difference between the energy consumed as food and the energy used to produce it, is the net energy of […]

Creative consumption is sustainable

A study done by the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi showed that there was a negative relationship between energy con­sumed and happiness. The reason for this may suggest a new way of thinking about consuming, one that […]

Leave no trace

Recently there has been a lot of news about freedom campers and the damage they do to public areas. I suspect that most freedom campers are responsible and respectful, they are in camper vans with […]

12 Tips for Sustainable Christmas presents

It is that time of the year again. We have updated our list of sustainable present ideas which provide all the well-being of giving and receiving, at the same time as caring for the environment and other people.

Here […]

Sustainable savings

What is good for the environment is good for people. Being sustainable has many benefits that will increase peoples’ well-being. Anything you do to reduce your ecological footprint can save money, improve your health, and […]

Seven of the worst inventions

The following ‘inventions’ provide seven good reasons why society needs to use the precautionary principle. Invention throughout human history has been a process of trial and error. When an error was made it impacted very […]

Taking the cake

In The Transition Handbook the author Rob Hopkins talks about ‘the cake analogy’. In his analogy the cake is the fundamental goods that all people need for a life of well-being namely food, shelter, […]

How to halve your ecological footprint

When it comes to sustainability measures there’s always been too much emphasis on trivial things. The cynical side of me says that it is the system trying to smokescreen the actual, big issues. I never […]