This month we talk to Ben Moss from Bristol Wood Recycling Project (BWRP).
Ben set up the recycling project in 2004 with the aims of:
- Recycling timber from the waste stream,
- Promoting social inclusion,
- Being self funding
- Providing affordable timber to the community. This is an excellent project that benefits the community on many levels and gets the maximum use out of precious materials.
I was very fortunate to attend the international straw bale conference in Colorado when I was in the states a few years ago. It had a profound effect on me. So I’m so very excited to be part of the organising team bringing you this!
SBUK Presents: The Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018
Theme: Sowing the inspiration, growing the industry & harvesting the knowledge
Down To Earth – Swansea, UK – 10th,11th & 12th of August 2018:
SBUK are proud to present the inaugural ‘Big Straw Bale Gathering’ – a gathering to discuss and learn straw bale construction and share the latest and best thinking within the industry.
Held at Down To Earth’s beautiful strawbale roundhouse in South Wales. The weekend will feature talks, discussions and hands-on workshops, for all levels, led by the UK’s best natural builders and leading associated professionals. So come down and get excited about building with straw, learn some new techniques or get stuck into the geeky technical stuff.
When you are full of knowledge you can relax with great local organic food, music, dancing, yoga, ‘Strawbale Ale’, children’s activities and a host of extracurricular events ranging from walks to canyoneering on the beautiful Gower peninsular!
The Big Straw Bale Gathering will collect up everyone with an interest in straw bale building in the UK. No matter what level you are engaging with straw bale construction, there will be lots to learn at the BSBG. Jeffrey Hart – Events Director – SBUK
Tickets on sale soon from www.strawbalebuildinguk.com
StrawBale Building UK – SBUK – is a Community Benefit Society, formed in 2016 with the aim: To promote straw bale building and best practice within the sector.
A nice little article in National Geographic about green & healthy homes
That influence stems from a startling stat: Americans spend an average of nearly 90 percent of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Yet what we breathe indoors is on average two to five times more toxic than what is typically outside, the agency warns, because of poor ventilation and off-gassing of toxic chemicals from a host of products, from carpeting to furniture.