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27. Creating an ‘A.r.k.’ in Nature – Mary Reynolds

Episode 27 is with Mary Reynolds who chats about We Are the Ark, an initiative to encourage people to give back some land to nature.

Check out their website and join the Facebook group for more information and support!

  • (04:50) What inspired We Are The Ark.
  • (08:05) Where the name came from.
  • (09:00) The importance of putting a sign on your ark.
  • (11:25) How much land is 'enough' for an ark.
  • (13:30) What it means to be a guardian of the earth as opposed to gardener.
  • (16:00) Is an ark compatible with pets and children?
  • (19:00) Getting an ark started.
  • (22:40) Giving sovereignty back to the land.
  • (25:00) Growing food in a wild garden.  Learn more about forest gardening here!
  • (30:35) Restoring your land to what it was before.
  • (34:20) How to go about turning public or government land into arks.
  • (36:30) How we can make sure our artificial outside lights stop damaging wildlife.
  • (38:45) Closing thoughts from Mary.
  • (43:20) What we need going forward to get systematic change.

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Ep 26. Saving Clothes from Landfill – Fiona Lily

For episode 26, I chat to Fiona from All Things Fiona Lily about re-imagining clothes destined for landfill and setting up her own zero waste coffee shop in Donegal.

Follow Fiona on instagram @allthingsfionalily to keep up to date with orders and get some positive content in your feed!

We chat about:

  • [4:43] When Fiona became more eco-aware.
  • [07:55] The journey from working in fast to slow fashion.
  • [10:20] How much unsold clothes are sent to landfill.
  • [11:30] How Fiona finds her stock.
  • [16:05] How the 'faulty' jumpers are repaired.
  • [16:55] The conflicting worry that stock might dry up.
  • [18:30] Where the positive designs come from.
  • [21:00] The setting up of her café Simply Green.
  • [33:30] Quick guide to washing clothes with polyester in them.

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Ep 25. Bia Hero & Grow Your Own Food – Sinéad, XR

For episode 25, I chatted to Sinéad Renu Sheehan from Extinction Rebellion about a new campaign called BiaHero. This community led campaign encourages people to start growing their own food at home and provides a support network for all your questions via a group on Facebook.

In this episode, we cover:

  • [02:20] The definition of food security. 
  • [06:00] Why BiaHero started and the importance of it in regards to food security.
  • [11:10] Where to start when it comes to growing your own food: the seeds.
  • [15:24] Getting the right soil.
  • [17:15] Why you usually. start sowing inside first.
  • [20:41] How to choose what to start planting.
  • [23:50] What you can grow all year round.
  • [25:00] How to manage surplus products.
  • [29:05] How to be creative if you don't have any land.
  • [33:09] Guerilla Gardening.
  • [34:25] Composting & feeding your plants.
  • [40:00] How to care for your food during a dry spell.
  • [43:30] Knowing what food needs vertical support.
  • [45:10] Planning for next year.

Don't forget to join the community Facebook group for more tips and to answer any questions!

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Ep 24. Toilet Paper vs The Bidet

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While toilet paper has been disappearing off the shelves, a lot of people have made the plunge to switch to a paperless toilet routine by opting for a bidet instead. So I thought I'd research the differences between the two with the environment in mind (but I also touch on money, health & cleanliness!). So listen in, or watch on YouTube, to find out how much of an impact your carbon buttprint is having...eh..eh?

  • [03:35] Definition & History of the Bidet.
  • [07:15 ] Our use of toilet paper.
  • [13:17] Pros & cons of toilet paper.
  • [17:35] Water Usage. (Watch this Netflix documentary on the Earth's water supply here.)
  • [21:17] Pros & cons of the bidet.
  • [27:19] Types of bidets.
  • [31:24 ] Flushable Wipes.
  • [32:45] Vascó's & Cecilia's personal bidet stories.
  • [37:00] How much resources an Irish person could save switching to a bidet considering we use on average 10.5kg per capita a year.
  • [38:20] Eco toilet paper options.

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Ep 23. Making Easter Ethically Eco!

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OK, you may have forgotten what day of the week it is but the Easter Bunny has not! This Sunday, the 12th of April, is Easter Sunday. This is a holiday that, like many others, has good intentions but so much waste involved and is linked to the heavy carbon footprint of chocolate. In this episode, using the research I've done I delve into:

  • A very ...very... brief history on Easter.
  • A look at the carbon footprint of chocolate. 
  • Consumption of Easter Eggs in Ireland & the waste involved.
  • Eco friendly treasure hunts (buy reusable wooden eggs here).
  • Ethical decor and dinner suggestions as opposed to eggs and lamb.

Reports & Surveys Used:

  1. Euromonitor Chocolate Report.
  2. Euro 2017 Chocolate Stats.
  3. University of Manchester report on the Environmental Impacts of Chocolate. 
  4. Repak Easter Survey. 

And FOR THE FIRST TIME...this episode is now available to watch. Check out my first YouTube video below!

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Ep 22. Saving the River Poddle – Róisín McAleer

The River Poddle runs through Dublin City, sometimes underground, so not a lot of people know of its importance. Róisín McAleer, a teacher and member of Crumlin Community Clean Up group, tells us about the importance of the river and how it's being threatened right now.

Have a listen and don't forget to sign the petition here and follow the campaign on twitter to keep up to date. Everything else mentioned is linked below.

The Planning documents are available to view here.

Taking Action!

Contact the River Poddle Flood Alleviation Scheme here or email them at info@poddlefas.ie with your concerns for this project. Use whoismytd.com to find your local TDs and contact them too.

You can also copy and paste your email and send it to:

  • floodinfo@opw.ie
  • info@opw.ie
  • john.sydenham@opw.ie - Commissioner of Floodrisk Management
  • john.curtin@opw.ie - Director of Floodrisk Management
  • info@sdublincoco.ie

 

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Covered in this episode:

You can see the Poddle in:

  • Tymon Park.
  • Whitehall Road, Kimmage Manor.
  • Poddle Park/Ravensdale Park.
  • St. Martin's Park.

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Ep 21. Some Positivity during this Pandemic.

Welcome to the first Book of Leaves podcast episode of 2020. What a time to be alive eh?

I wanted to ease into this season with a little message of positivity in this crazy time. I talk a little bit about mental health and suggestions for things to do to keep you busy and also talk about how it's OK to do absolutely nothing! And I read a poem for you because why not?

I'll link particular suggestions I made below so you can find them. Stay home, stay safe, sending you lots of love. X

Documentary Suggestions:

This was taken before lockdown, I'm safe at home now and hope you are too!

Charity Suggestions:

Gardening suggestions, check out Episode 15 for ideas to help biodiversity.

Download or sign up to Duolingo to learn a language.

Follow accounts like Sustainable Fashion Dublin for upcycling activities to do at home.

If you can afford to contribute to the running of this podcast, you can do that here!

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Ep 20. Sustainable Resolutions

Happy New Year guys. I know it doesn't feel like it for a lot of people, especially due to the ongoing fires in Australia. Personally, I find it so hard to not be overwhelmed when such disasters happen but the only thing I can do that alleviates this dread in me is knowing there is still life right now therefore there is still hope and I must do what I can.

In this (delightfully short) episode I suggest 6 resolutions you can take your pick of for 2020, or adopt them whenever you like if that's your jam! I also give a quick summary and shout out to all the guests I've had in 2019 and of course to you guys, the listeners. Thank you all so much.

I'll be back in 2020 at some point with more inspiring and educational interviews.

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Ep 19. Simple No Waste Life – Timi Nicholson

Episode 20 is a casual chat with Timi Nicholson, one of the early members of the inspirational Zero Waste Ireland Facebook Group and host of the day to day sustainable blog, Simple No Waste Life. In this episode we chat about:

  • A bit about who Timi is and how she fell into the sustainable way of living.
  • Home hacks - going without or making your own.
  • How Simple No Waste Life came about.
  • How Timi found the transition to cloth nappies (with the help of Cloth Nappy Library Ireland).
  • Sustainability in Hungary.
  • Climate Anxiety.

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Ep 18. Offsetting Carbon & Creating Social Change with Vita – Holly Hughes

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In this episode I interview Holly Hughes from Vita Ireland, a charity focusing on climate justice and human rights at the same time. Their model is one many could learn from. Have a listen, rate, review & let me know what you think!

We chatted about:

  • Holly’s background before working with Vita.
  • Who Vita are & what they do.
  • What life is life for communities in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • How locals receive Vita.
  • How carbon credits and offsetting carbon works.
  • How their investment programme works.
  • Making sure your offsets are accredited by Gold Standard.
  • The pricing of carbon credits.
  • How to support Vita: gift packages and impact fund.
An example of the stove I was trying to explain in the episode!

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