Green Speak – Oct. 23rd

If you’d like to hear¬† about Sustainable Leicester¬† (who amongst various other things are working with the council around the future of the old Eco-House in Western Park) then this is the event for you! Flyer below:

Green speak flyer

Click to embiggen

Maybe your group is interesting in joining the consortium? Maybe you just want to meet other lovely practically-minded local activist type people? Email for more info. Hope to see you there!

Centre for Vocational Building Technology – with a side of rice, please

The CVBT was founded in one of the poorest areas of Thailand: “Since 1991, the CVBT has been using, researching, developing and promoting small-scale building material manufacturing technologies as a means to create new employment for villagers.”




Some of the technologies include compressed earth bricks (CEB), cement that incorporates readily available waste materials such as rice husk ash and a variety of presses for making tiles and paving blocks. Read on…

Continue reading

LESSBIG summer holiday


Yes, it’s been a bit quiet on the blog of late, what with work and all. Rest assured there’s a bulging backlog of interesting posts and projects to come. In the meantime, enjoy this illustration of a one acre smallholding found in a copy of ‘The complete book of self sufficiency’ by John Seymour.


Is demolition the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? We already know that construction can be pretty energy consuming and wasteful, is there any reason to think demolition is any better?

image: CC Richard Croft from

image: CC Richard Croft from

Anything in that picture that you think might be worth saving? Read on to find out how a well planned demolition can prevent things going to waste, and provide a source of materials for something new.

Continue reading