Craft technology for the future

When we think of technology we usually think of high-tech and big-tech, like robots and automated factories. However, hand tools and craft processes are technologies too. In a lower energy future there will be more use of […]

The best things in life

Money, where it comes from and what it can buy, is not everything. In our society, the economy gets way too much attention – in policy-making and political rhetoric, in the media, even in the education system. This […]

Handmade for good

My partner Anna is a contemporary jeweller. Everything she makes is handmade. Apart from a few power tools and a gas torch Anna only uses hand tools. What she lacks in precision is made up for with […]

Craft beer and the rediscovery of craftsmanship

I admit it, I love beer. In fact I love beer more now than I ever did, for one simple reason: beer is much better now. The variety is greater, the flavours are better and there is much […]

The modest lemon

Throughout history lemons have been used by humans not just as a flavourful food ingredient but also for its health and other practical benefits. The following (incomplete) list of benefits will hopefully motivate everyone to […]

Who owns water?

Water, water everywhere…but who owns water?

All people need clean, fresh water because it is what we are made of. The average human is 60% water by weight. Water has an important role in nearly every […]

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 […]

Too much!

The following list of data* highlights the fact that people in modern economies, like America, have too much stuff. Not only is it more stuff than is needed for a life of well-being, it is weighing […]

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 […]