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Ep 37. Swapping & Borrowing, Affordably Sustainable – Aisling, Nuw

Episode 37 is with Aisling Byrne, the founder of Nuw, formally known as The Nu Wardrobe. Nuw is a clothes sharing and swapping app, set up to tackle fast fashion's problems like pollution and workers' rights, which we chat about in full in this interview!

Follow Nuw on Instagram @wearenuw, Twitter or Facebook for sustainable fashion inspiration and info on worker's rights.

  • (02:25) Aisling introduce's herself and her background.
  • (09:20) When the idea behind Nuw sparked.
  • (15:10) How the app works.
  • (23:40) The difficulty of finding plus-sized clothes when thrifting, and how Nuw is working to overcome it.
  • (27:05) Plans for bringing menswear on to the app.
  • (29:45) Crowdfunding.
  • (33:50) How to upload clothes to the app.
  • (39:10) Where the line falls by supporting slow fashion and not causing a loss of jobs by boycotting certain companies.
  • (47:20) Closing thoughts.
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Ep 36. Reusing, Repairing & Reducing Waste – Pauline, MyWaste.ie

Pauline McDonogh is the Prevention Officer for the Southern Region Waste Management Office. She is an Environmental Scientist with over 25 years experience in environmental auditing and waste management. She also set up MyWaste.ie, an amazing online resource for finding out how to dispose of our waste in Ireland. This episode, I chat to her about their upcoming campaign: Reuse Month. Find out more about it in the episode!

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We cover:

  • (03:45) An introduction to Pauline's role and the Southern Waste Management Office.
  • (05:20) A circular Vs linear economy.
  • (08:50) The Irish figures of recycling, composting and how they can be improved.
  • (11:00) The green economy: how jobs can be created.
  • (12:20) Reuse Month, what it's all about.
  • (15:40) What events will be happening.
  • (18:35) Foodwaste in Ireland.
  • (20:15) How their upcycle challenge will work.
  • (23:45) What MyWaste.ie is (Hint: it's super great!).
  • (27:05) Pauline's personal tips for people trying to tread lighter on the planet.

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Ep 35. Opening a Vegan Café & Zero Waste Shop in Dublin – Sebastian, The Carrot’s Tail

On the first day of lockdown I moved into a new house within 5km of The Carrot's Tail. The vegan café quickly became a fortnightly highlight for me and my housemates. In this episode, I talk to Sebastian, one of the founders of the business, about his personal journey to veganism to the running of the café.

Don't forget to give them a follow on Instagram @thecarrotstail or Facebook!

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We cover:

  • (02:45) Sebastian introduces himself.
  • (04:55)How the switch to environmentalism and veganism came about for Sebastian.
  • (09:35) How & why The Carrot's Tail came about.
  • (13:20) The relationship with other vegan businesses in Dublin.
  • (15:30) Addressing the balance of supporting small businesses and vegan options in big chains.
  • (18:50) The initial reception The Carrot's Tail received when opened.
  • (23:45) How they feel about the future post lockdown.
  • (26:35) Tips for managing food waste at home or commercially.
  • (34:10) Tips for anyone wanting to reduce their animal product intake or go vegan.
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Ep 34. Periods: Pads, Cups & Shame – Augustina

Augustina is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to menstruation. From the eco friendly reuseable products available, to how we should change the relationship we have with our periods, there is nothing we don't cover in this chat. Have a listen or watch on YouTube and make sure you follow We Live Our Values on Instagram or Facebook to keep up to date with Augustina!

We cover:

  • (03:30) An introduction to Augustina.
  • (05:30) When her awareness of period product waste came about,
  • (09:00) The pricing of reuseable products.
  • (13:50) Reuseable pads with 'a heavy flow'.
  • (17:15) Being discreet with our periods.
  • (18:15) How to wash pads.
  • (25:30) How long to wear them for.
  • (29:50) Menstrual cups.
  • (37:20) Menstrual discs.
  • (39:15) Menstrual sponges & reuseable tampons.
  • (41:25) How people are dying from embarrassment.
  • (43:30) Observing your period for changes regarding health.
  • (47:20) The sexualisation of women & period products.
  • (49:00) The SHAME.
  • (01:06:30) Free Bleeding.

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Ep 33. Bringing Eco into the Event Industry – Megan Best, Native Events

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In episode 33 I chat to Megan from Native Events about, you guessed it, the events industry!

You can stay in the loop on their insta @nativeevents_ or Twitter @NativeEventsIE.

  • (03:20) Introduction from Megan.
  • (06:50) What are the sustainability issues in the events industry?
  • (08:50) The solutions Native Events are practicing.
  • (13:25) The eco solution to toilets.
  • (16:00) Dealing with tents & sleeping bags left behind at festivals & Attention Attire.
  • (21:35) What we as festival goers can do to influence events to be greener.
  • (23:40) How Megan feels about the ongoing pandemic's effects.
  • (26:20) Megan's personal advice on living a more sustainable life.
  • (28:35) The process NE have when working with someone's event, big or small.

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Ep 32. Climate Change & Over Fishing in Coastal Communities – Ruth Leeney

 

Ruth Leeney is a conservationist and fellow activist and vegan, working hard to preserve our under water world. We covered so much in this chat and still didn't get to talk about everything, so I know for sure, there'll be a second interview with Ruth sometime in the future! In the meantime, you can support Ruth's work through Women4Oceans here.

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We covered:

  • (05:40) Ruth's background and when she became eco consious.
  • (08:34) Scuda diving in U.K. Vs Australian waters.
  • (13:44) How the community Ruth works with in Mozambique are being affected by over fishing.
  • (17:50) How the locals have been impacted by Climate Change.
  • (23:44) What, if any work is being done by NGOs or governments to aid and educate in this crisis.
  • (28:40) What is Blue Justice? Read this link for more.
  • (32:35) How we in the first world countries can help.
  • (37:28) Why Ruth first became vegan and how she manages working in coastal fishery communities considering that.
  • (45:15) How to know if the fish you do buy is sustainably sourced.
  • (48:20) How to avoid trawled fish.
  • (49:40) Dynamite fishing.
  • (50:40) The plastic Ruth has seen on her dive adventures around the world.
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Ep 31. Upcycling Wetsuits & Re-imagining Waste – Lynn Haughton

Episode 31 is with Lynn Haughton from The Upcycle Movement. The ability she has to re-imagine 'waste' and her drive for sharing the knowledge she's learned is nothing short of amazing! Make sure to follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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  • (04:20) The difference between UPcycling and REcycling. You can read more on Lynn's blog here.
  • (06:15) What inspired Lynn's eco journey & the start of The Upcycle Movement.
  • (13:40) Why wetsuits? Read more on that & their environmental impacts here.
  • (19:35) How Lynn gets the wetsuits.
  • (21:40) The process from receiving the wetsuit to shipping out a new product.
  • (26:20) Involvement with Seal Rescue Ireland.
  • (31:10) The strangest things Lynn has upcycled and other upcycling companies.
  • (36:15) Lynn's bird box family (the bird-box is called 'Wireless CCD Bird Box Camera Kit' from UK Wildlife Cameras.

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Ep 30. The Impact of a Toothbrush – Joe & Niamh, Bambooth

It's finally time to talk toothbrushes! In this episode I chat to Joe & Niamh about what inspired them to set up Bambooth, an Irish bamboo toothbrush company. This episode links in perfectly with Plastic Free July, you can sign up to that here if you haven't already!

  • (06:15) An introduction to Niamh & Joe.
  • (10:00) What is was like becoming entrepreneurs all of a sudden.
  • (11:40) How toothbrushes have been bad for the planet.
  • (12:50) The moso bamboo that's used.
  • (14:05) The nylon bristles & how to recycle them.
  • (19:10) How often you should be changing your toothbrush!
  • (20:05) Why the toothbrushes are colourful!
  • (24:00) How hard it is to get stock into bigger shops & chain supermarkets.
  • (27:20) How they find the time and energy to run Bambooth with their other jobs & courses.
  • (30:10) What Joe & Niamh do outside of Bambooth to live more eco friendly.

 

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Ep 29. Food Security in Ireland – Aisling Wheeler

Despite what we hear about Ireland doing well in terms of food security, it's far more treacherous than we think. Aisling Wheeler talks me through the problems Ireland faces, how it all changed and what we can do to make it better.

  • (05:35) The definitions of food security & food sovereignty, and how we fare in Ireland in regards to that.
  • (10:35) Organic farming in Ireland.
  • (11:45) The knock-on effects of relying on imported goods.
  • (15:45) What changed in recent decades to make our food system insecure.
  • (18:30) What has been done, if anything, in policy or government to help with food security.
  • (22:20) Soil health in Ireland - fertility and drainage.
  • (28:30) The difference between monoculture & permaculture.
  • (32:45) Growing your own food at home, encouraging farmers to diversify & CSA.
  • (37:35) Buying food in season & our relationship with food.

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Ep 28. We’re Going to the Supreme Court! – Edwin, Climate Case Ireland

In this episode I chat to Edwin Alblas on behalf of Climate Case Ireland about their upcoming case in the Supreme Court on the 22nd of June. This is BIG, and I hope you get as much from this interview as I did. Please don't forget to sign the petition here.

  • (04:45) An introduction of Edwin.
  • (08:30) Who Friends of the Irish Environment are.
  • (10:20) What the Climate Case is about.
  • (14:05) How the previous hearings went.
  • (18:20) Examples of other success stories around climate change cases (Urgenda Case).
  • (23:15) The financial cost of Ireland not meeting EU targets.
  • (25:55) How FIE are raising funds to do this case. (Donate here)
  • (27:55) What happens if we lose the case.
  • (32:50) How Edwin deals with constant knockbacks, being an activist.
  • (38:00) Why FIE also hold talks and workshops.
  • (43:00) The positive results for tackling climate change.

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Jenny McNally (McNally Family Farm Dublin).

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