Low-Tech Philosophy

Low-Tech is above all a state of mind!

The term “Low-Tech” often refers to objects, systems, techniques, services, know-how, practices, lifestyles and even currents of thought, which integrate technology according to the key principles of strong sustainability, collective resilience and cultural transformation.

The Low-Tech spirit is about imagining a common future in which the greatest number live better with less. On a large scale, we’re convinced that it would make it possible to effectively combat the environmental, social and societal ills of the 21st century.

At Sailowtech, the Low-Tech approach describes a philosophy that guides all of our actions.


The Major Low-Tech Principles

Strong Sustainability

  • Refocus on the essentials and strive for the optimum: do more with less.
  • Aim for technological simplicity to meet needs with a high level of reliability.
  • Minimize energy and resource consumption.
  • Maximum technical, functional, ecological and human viability in the short, medium and long term.

Collective Resilience

  • Make it as easy as possible for users to maintain their tools with standard parts and materials.
  • Offer maximum ease of use.
  • Use resources that are sourced and transformed as locally as possible.
  • Promote solidarity-based accessibility of technologies

Cultural Transmission

  • Facilitating appropriation by the greatest number, empowering citizens and territories.
  • Promote the sharing of knowledge and know-how, cooperation, solidarity, social cohesion and links between communities.
  • Raising awareness and decomplexing society at socio-economic and organizational levels by reflecting on needs and vulnerabilities.

Our infography sources are Arthur Keller and Emilien Bournigal. You can also find other nice formulations on the Low-Tech Lab website.

How does this reflects on Sailowtech ?


We bring future engineers closer to science in the field by involving them in the validation of frugal scientific instruments and in the collection and analysis of respectful ocean data. We hope for a better understanding of the Ocean and to encourage a more accessible, responsible and supportive science, following the principles of Open Sciences.


We promote ocean preservation through simple, positive and realistic explanations of ocean knowledge and by highlighting marine wonders through workshops, conferences, events and online resources.


We organize scientific and educational expeditions by sailboat that aim to minimize their environmental impact and allow for exchange during stopovers with local populations while respecting interculturality.