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Ep 42. The Ripple Effect You Have

For the final episode of 2020 and the season finale(!) of Book of Leaves, I asked people for stories of a ripple effect they witnessed: times when people told you that you inspired them to ditch plastic toothbrushes or the other way around, when you were inspired by someone else!

Thank you to Vasco, Mark, Conor, Mies, Gerda, Sophie, Elaine, Lucrezia, Katy and Cecilia for sharing your stories! If you have a ripple effect moment, send it to me at ceara@bookofleavespodcast.com or on Instagram or Facebook. I'll most likely do another one of these in the future, but for now, thank you for listening and I can't wait to bring you more leaves to add to your book in 2021.

Thank you so much for being here with me and I look forward to collecting more interviews for 2021! Get in touch if you have any requests.

Stay safe, and happy new year. Ceara x X

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Ep 41. Kentucky to Mayo, Pax Eco Store – McKinley

For episode 41 I chatted to McKinley, a co-founder of Pax Wholefoods & Eco Goods store in Westport, County Mayo. We cover her journey from Kentucky to Tequila to cloth nappies, all will be explained in the chat... Today, the 7th of December 2020, is also Pax's second birthday! So join me in wishing them all the best and here's to many more!

  • [04:25] Growing up in Kentucky.
  • [11:45] Coming to Ireland.
  • [14:05] Meeting Kirstin, the co-founder of Pax.
  • [15:25] Setting up a business from scratch as the first local eco store.
  • [18:55] Dublin vs Countryside in eco-consciousness.
  • [21:45] How the pandemic affected business.
  • [26:05] Tips for an eco Christmas this 2020!
  • [29:55] McKinley's experience with cloth nappies (her kids that is, not herself...lol...).
  • [32:25] The Edible Landscape Project.
  • [35:35] How McKinley deals with eco anxiety (and the recent USA election anxiety!).
  • [38:35] 2nd birthday plans?
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Ep 40. The Mercosur Deal, Chimps, & Activism – Laura Kehoe

For episode 40, I had the pleasure to interview Laura Kehoe, an activist, scientist, conservationist - all the ists! She has done, and continues to do, so much for the planet, it's quite mind-blowing. She is a true inspiration and I know I say this about all my episodes, but I really can't wait for you to listen to this one. We cover a lot, it's listed below and you'll find links to campaigns & resources too. I hope you get something out of this, because I sure did.

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  • [04:50] Laura's path to conservation & activism.
  • [10:35] What it was like to work with chimps & how they're doing now (check out the talk Laura gave!).
  • [15:10] The main issues threatening chimps.
  • [18:05] Ways in which we can help them.
  • [18:30] The work of Trees.org and what 400 Trees is about.
  • [22:20] What is the Mercosur deal?
  • [30:40] Having effective conversations with people about climate change, and experiencing burnout.
  • [45:30] Managing the stress of fighting for a better world.
  • [47:10] What can WE do regarding the Mercosur deal?
  • [52:35] What do you want for the planet this Christmas? Introducing Green Santa.

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Ep 39. Eco Fashion, Food, & Craic! – Ger & Taz, The Useless Project

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Episode 39 has none other than top gals Geraldine and Taz from The Useless Project (formerly Sustainable Fashion Dublin). I'm buzzing for you to hear this chat. Follow them on Instagram @theuselessproject or find them on Facebook to keep up to date with all their shenanigans and handy eco tips for life.

  • [04:40] Geraldine & Taz talk about life growing up from an eco perspective.
  • [13:00] Lockdown happens, what happened to SFD?
  • [16:10] Where the name 'The Useless Project' came from.
  • [18:55] A website you say?
  • [24:40] Basic guide to food sustainability, how to cut down on food waste, seasonal buying & herbicides.
  • [30:20] Sustainable fashion & home-ware.
  • [32:00] Their favourite personal second hand finds for home-ware & fashion
  • [33:40] How to deal when all that's going on gets a bit too much.
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Ep 38. Foraging for the Planet & the Soul – Dermot Hughes

It's time to talk foraging with Dermot Hughes! I've wanted to learn about foraging for so long and I'm delighted to have Dermot here to talk us through it. Foraging has a few various benefits which we'll go into. You can keep up to date with Dermot's adventures on his Facebook page. In the meantime, get your hat and walking stick ready, and enjoy the ride:

  • [05:45] Dermot's journey into setting up Forage Ireland.
  • [11:140] The best place to start.
  • [12:50] Sloe berries.
  • [15:30] Wild garlic.
  • [16:25] Edible flowers & garden plants.
  • [17:35] Poisonous flower to avoid.
  • [18:10] What's the point in faoraging when there isn't enough to feed everyone & we can get our food in supermarkets?
  • [23:15] Cow Parsley.
  • [26:15] How to keep an eye out for pollutants in forage areas.
  • [29:15] The 3 types of foragers.
  • [30:55] The guidelines (and code!) around how much you forage.
  • [35:00] Foraging tools & books.]
  • [45:10] Ways to store surplus food & prevent waste.
  • [47:15] Closing thoughts.
  • [50:00] A few Irish foragers!
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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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