Low Impact Living Initiative: Practical Skills for Greener Living


We know for a fact that TreeHugger readers are interested in practical ways to green their own lifestyles. Not surprising really, given our title, but we've been overwhelmed by the positive responses to our How to Go Green guides on all kinds of topics, from greening your sex life, to buying more sustainable electronics or reducing your community's eco-footprint. Even posts on the more 'crunchy' or hardcore end of green living, like the Navy Shower, or the Selective Flush (aka If It's Yellow ) have been warmly welcomed.

We are pretty sure then that our UK readers will be interested in the work of the Low-Impact Living Initiative, or LILI for short. Based at Redfield Community in Buckinghamshire, LILI is a "non-profit organisation whose mission is to help people reduce their impact on the environment, improve their quality of life, gain new skills, live in a healthier and more satisfying way, have fun, and save money." LILI runs courses on all kinds of aspects of green living, with an emphasis on practical, do-it-yourself skills. Courses currently in the pipeline include:
How to Make Biodiesel
Pruning and Care of Old Fruit Trees
Open Source Computing
Heating With Wood
Low-Impact Smallholding
Living in Communities
Self-Build Solar Hot Water

The organization also runs an online shop selling insulation, natural paints and other products that can help in moving towards a low-impact lifestyle.