Ep 16 & 17: A Sustainable Christmas


Episode 16 & 17 is all about Christmas! I sat down with sustainable guru Cate Russell, fellow actor and friend and we delved into sustainable solutions for Christmas from gift suggestions to recipe suggestions. All businesses mentioned are linked below. Don't forget to share this episode with a friend!

In Part 1 we covered:

  • An quick intro to Cate and how we feel about Christmas.
  • Real vs Fake trees.
  • Decorations: fairy lights, garlands, tinsel, baubles, making your own.
  • Where & how to recycle electronics. Find your local WEEE drop off point here.
  • GIFTS (see detailed description & links below).


  • Monitor what you need to get and how much you're spending. I mention this Xmas Gift app. 
  • Ask your friends/family what they'd like or need.
  • Offset their carbon with a charity like Vita.
  • Plant a tree with a charity or company like Grown. 
  • Gift a plant.
  • For kids you can make them a book with scraps of paper, paint a t-shirt, knit a toy.
  • Sustainable clothes, accessories, jewellery or candles. Brands linked below!

Clothes, Bags, Accessories:

  • Jump The Hedges - upcycled tarpaulin to water resistant yoga bags, bum bags etc.
  • Grown - organic cotton t-shirts & jumpers & they plant a tree for every sale.
  • The Upcycle Movement - upcycled wetsuits to bags, earrings, pencil cases etc.
  • Cork Crafts. - traditional cork products (learn about cork in episode one!) such as shoes, bags wallets etc.
  • ReKINDle. - beautiful hand-painted denim jackets, patches & tote bags with earth friendly messages.
  • Fresh Cuts. - shop in Dublin selling their own eco branded clothes among other brands.

Socks & Underwear:

  • Stór - bamboo and organic cotton underwear for men.
  • Rapanui - underwear and clothes and they take their own stock back to recycle.
  • Thought - organic catoon, bamboo & hemp socks, underwear & other clothes.
  • Ecoalf - swimwear and clothes from recycled nylon plastic taken from the ocean and beaches.
  • Stripe & Stare - mostly use modal from beechtrees to make knickers and other clothes and, their knickers are compostable.
  • Patagonia - have a shop in Dublin as well as an online store and sell outdoor wear including sustainable warm socks.
  • Molke - all their colourful underwear is manufactured in Scotland and sustainably sourced.
  • Swedish Stockings - luxury detailed tights and stockings from sustainable material (plus they have this amazing scheme for taking back old tights which I didn't mention in the episode!).





  • Mind your technology to make it last with covers like Pela and anti virus software etc.
  • Purchase second hand from CeX.


Make sure they'll actually use what you give them!

  • LUSH - all ethical, mostly vegan, take back their plastic containers to recycle into new ones.
  • Bodyshop - cruelty free natural products (though they use a fair bit of plastic).
  • Superdrug - own brand toiletries are all free from animal testing but again, they use plastic.

You can buy sustainable soaps and toiletries (and more!) from these Irish retailers:


In Part 2 we continued on discussing:

  • Gift wrapping alternatives.
  • Christmas cards.
  • Dinner.
  • Pets for Christmas.
  • Mental Health.
  • Upcoming Markets.


Upcoming Christmas Markets

CountyDateMarket & VenueHostsTimeTickets
CorkEvery SaturdayCork Craft Market @ Princes Street Church, CorkThe Fair Alternative10am-5.30pmN/A
Every SaturdaySkibereen Farmers’ Market9.30am-2pmN/A
29th Nov - 1st Dec
Gifted: Craft & Design Fair @ City Hall, Cork
29th: 11am-8pm
30th: 10am-6pm
1st: 11am-6pm
Entry €5
1st DecChristmas Pop Up @ Riverlee Hotel, CorkChaos and Harmony & Babyboo.ie10am-6pmN/A
1st DecSustainable Christmas Market @ Nano Nagle Place, CorkCork Zero Waste11am-3pmFree, Booking Advised
7th DecThe Night Market Before Christmas @ Mall Arts Centre YoughalRevolving Wardrobe Events6-9pmTicketed €10 incl drink & canapes.
8th DecConscious Christmas Flea Market @ The River Lee Hotel, CorkSustainable Fashion Dublin12-5pmFlea is Free Entry but there's a ticked tea & workshop.
13th DecGreen Friday 2019 @ St Peter’s, CorkTBCN/A
DublinDaily until 31st DecMakers Market @ Om Diva BoutiqueOm Diva Boutique10am-6.30pm
Sun: 12-6pm
Sundays 24th Nov - 22nd DecChristmas Market on the Green @ The Well, Stephen's GreenUrban Markets Dublin12-5pmN/A
29th NovFashionally Upending Black Friday @ The Well, Stephen’s GreenChaos and Harmony10am-6pmN/A
30th NovFair Lady Vintage Fair @ City Assembly HouseFair Lady Dublin10-5.30pmN/A
1st DecChristmas Pop Up @ Riverlee Hotel, CorkZero Waste Festival Ireland12-6pmN/A
4th-8th DecGifted: Craft & Design Fair @ The RDSGifted Fair€12 / €10 Booking & More info here
6th-8th DecSustainable Christmas Fair @ Rediscovery Centre, BallymunRediscovery Centre6th: 5-9pm
7-8th: 9am-5pm
6th-8th DecSustainable Christmas Market @ D-Light Studios, D1Native Events6th: 4-8pm
7-8th: 11am-8pm
14th DecSustainable Fashion Dublin Flea @ The Workman’s ClubSustainable Fashion Dublin12-5pmN/A
14th & 15th DecChristmas Eco Craft MarketNational Botanic Gardens10am-4.30pmN/A
Kerry7th, 8th, 14th, 15th DecOld Market Flea @ The Laurel’s Hall, Killarney11am-5pmN/A
Kildare24th November & 8th DecCountry Market & Craft Fair @ Castletown HouseCastletown House1am-5pmN/A
Meath22nd DecMarket @ Sonairte, LaytownSonairteTBCN/A
Wexford8th DecSustainable Christmas Market @ Seal Rescue Ireland, CourtownSeal Rescue Ireland10am-4.30pmN/A

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