Blue Patch picks
Here are some of our favourite videos. Got one to share? Contact the Blue Patch team
Gravel is the most attractive finish for driveways, paths, car parks and stable yards but it is also problematic to keep in order without hours spent raking and weed killing. We kept searching for a better system and could not find anything else on the market that saved time and labour. Necessity did indeed turn out to be the mother of invention and many prototypes later we finally produced The Gillhams Gravel Rake. A task that was once onerous and time consuming has become a pleasure and our customers are not just satisfied but overjoyed! No more weeding, hand raking or moss killing but just a perfect gravel surface whenever two minutes allows.
Recycled plastic is used to make a boardwalk-style cycleway over boggy ground in western Scotland,
Raggedy: Dress like nobody's judging. A film about sustainable fashion.
Filmed at Loch Tay, Old Castle Wood, Angus Ross Ltd and Edradour Distillery, Scotland. Thank you Eddie McGuire and Greentrax for permission to use "My Bonny Moorhen”. 2014 AngusRoss.co.uk Video and movie by Dave Hunt @ Wildgrass Studio in Perthshire - wildgrass.co.uk/video
Learn the art of Blacksmithing in a day at Anvil Metal Works, Berkshire.
Jen Taylor talks about her interior / lifestyle brand Hokolo
Listen to Miles Gibson explain his dedication to growing organically to produce the fruit for Gibson's Organic Liqueurs
How to thread or string the Laundry Ladder clothes airer. In this video, Julia shows you a step by step guide on how to correctly set up your Laundry Ladder. Topics included: Overview of your new Laundry Ladder Threading the chord correctly Mounting your unit onto the bracket
Eco-loos.com build composting loos using as much sustainable materials as possible. Designed for allotments, campsites, stables, bee keepers and all out of the way places, where it is difficult or impossible to get water, sewage disposal or electric.Available in three sizes, including one with disabled access with no steps and one with a urinal.
Published on Jul 6, 2012 This is the story of a garment from seed to fashion, sown, grown and made in London. Sowing flax seeds in an urban environment You can visit the blog at www.seedsoffashion.com
"Having witnessed the ”slow food movement” go mainstream in recent years it is exciting to promote the same ethos to the textile industry to promote a sustainable future" Founder- Francesca Baur
Working with director Cath Longbottom from Flying Duck Productions www.flying-duck.co.uk, an interview with Nikki who is talking about her furniture designs; where she finds inspiration, the evolution of the designs and about manufacturing in Britain.
Manufactured by 4eco Ltd - the UK's leading designer and manufacturer of microgen energy saving devices The immerSUN is our ‘state of the art’ energy saving device. It helps you to self-consume the green energy produced by your microgeneration system, and is compatible with all renewable generation technologies, including solar PV, wind turbine and hydro systems. The device is essentially an automatic power controller that diverts surplus power to a designated load, normally a hot water heater, to save energy and minimise your utility bills.
Hot Water. 2013 Shiloh Home School
The Leafcocoon is a hand-made pure wool felt coffin/shroud - an ecological alternative to conventional coffins. It's for natural burial. Materials are locally sourced. "Yuli" by Dhevdhas Nair
A 101Vision about Climate Change Coffee. Cristina Talens has now launched Climate Change Coffee, at the fine food show in Olympia, London. CLevel has supported this with this film. This is a pioneering example of what is being called carbon insetting. We can now buy really fine single estate ground coffee - where the carbon footprint of the coffee has been calculated and offset by reforestation done by the coffee growing communities themselves. The first Source Coffee, La Sierra Cloud Forest is carbon balanced and includes a payment to the smallholder coffee farmers of La Sierra, Mexico, for their environmental stewardship. It includes beans from coffee farms operating within the Plan Vivo Standard. http://sourcesustainable.co.uk
Maker of delicious cakes Sweet Caroline, shares her hopes and dreams with Julia from Blue Patch. Filmed by Alberto.
Atmos Totnes, the story so far. Take a look at this transformational idea in action, support them and let's see this groundbreaking idea delevop. To find out more visit www.atmostotnes.org.
Twool garden twine is a British wool alternative to imported jute. Twool twine is strong, durable, super sustainable, soft and kind to plants and is a fresh approach to a familiar and essential gardening product. It takes 9 British industries to get from 'wool to spool' starting with the wonderful Whiteface Dartmoor sheep fleece which is grown on the sheep for a year before it is 'clipped'! This Video series explores the industries involved in this process.
Blue Patch interview Barley Massey, founder of Fabrications. Blue Patch team: interview by Julia Langley, film by Alberto Gonzalez Fernandez. Fabrications is an independent shop and creative hub based on Broadway Market in East London. It is also designer maker Barley Massey's studio. 'Our aim is to present the best and cutting edge in contemporary textile practise. We try to do this as consciously and lightly as possible. We love to encourage creativity, co design and pass on traditional textile skills. We offer a range of craft classes and events and a well stocked haberdashery section to fuel more crafty action!'
Estelle Theobalds from Canopy Beer Co. Blue Patch team: interview by Julia Langley, film by Alberto Gonzalez Fernandez. Beer is a simple pleasure and Canopy Beer Co. is here to bring good beer to our locale. The home of our 4BBL (6510) microbrewery is a railway arch tucked behind Norwood Road, just a stone's throw from Brockwell Park in Herne Hill, South London.
The first Blue Patch video was made by animator Gail Walton, who also designed the Blue Patch logo. We will be continuing to work with Gail, bringing you more of her films as the project unfolds. Music by Blue Patch pioneer Flatfoot Johnny playing one of his recycled instruments.
Designed and made by award winning British company, LoftZone is a great way to cut bills and increase space at home. Makes your home warm and comfortable by stopping heat loss into freezing cold attics.
A video explaining the origins of Green Oil and why the company was created.
A film by Nice and Serious who make 'environmentally friendly' and challenging films. Client Rainforest Alliance.
Ecotricity's viral video makes great viewing.
Premieres on September 7 at watchdisruption.com Produced by PF Pictures Join the Peoples Climate March at peoplesclimate.org ------- A PF PICTURES production Produced & Directed by Kelly Nyks | Jared P. Scott * Narration based on the writings of Bill McKibben
Jason Holt, the Small Business Apprenticeship Ambassador, introduces the Apprenticemakers website. The website has been developed to enable businesses, particularly small and medium-sized ones, to support each other through the process of taking on and working with an apprentice. For more details visit www.apprenticemakers.org.uk
Barenaturals is a UK lifestyle brand and this is the start of their story. http://www.barenaturals.com/
Alex Bishop makes guitars. Listen to one of his instruments being played and hear Alex talk about his guitar making methods. 'Cypress folk '000'. Played by Tim Graham. Find out more about Alex Bishop Guitars on Blue Patch.
Brought to you by Social Enterprise UK - the national body for social enterprise. Narrated by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue. Supported by Jamie Oliver, founder of Fifteen. Animation by Claire Pinegar Written by Natasha Lees. www.clairepinegar.com
A British made, fully compostible, water free eco- loo, no water and no waste, except the good stuff, ready to enrich your vegetable garden.
stop motion tsubi bag in the making
This video takes you through our philosophy and how we make a bag from the beginning to the end.
An aerial video of willow harvesting on the Somerset Levels.
Eco cuisine provide seasonal, organic and sustainable catering that respects the environment.
What makes your home special? The side ornaments you picked up from the latest trendy store on your local high street.... At Copper Dust we believe in curating handmade products to make your home tailored to you.
Everyone's looking for a life of lovely. We're here to help you find yours
Meet Martin Young, founder and owner of Sitting Spiritually. With the help of family and a strong makers network, he has grown Sitting Spiritually into one of the strongest garden furniture brands in the country. With beautifully designed and traditionally made products they are the only swing seat makers approved by the RHS and regularly show their range at the Chelsea Flower Show. See him at the Sitting Spiritually garden on the outskirts of Lyme Regis, Dorset.
See the huge skill involved in making one of our shoes. It takes 8 weeks and 150-200 separate operations using fine handcrafting skills and some very dangerous machinery! Once you see what is involved you appreciate why welted shoes are so special.