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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 16 & 17: A Sustainable Christmas

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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).

Gifts

  • 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!).

Books:

Jewellery:

Candles:

Technology:

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

Toiletries:

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:

Cards:

In Part 2 we continued on discussing:

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

Dinner:

Upcoming Christmas Markets

CountyDateMarket & VenueHostsTime
CorkEvery SaturdayCork Craft Market @ Princes Street Church, CorkThe Fair Alternative10am-5.30pm
Every SaturdaySkibereen Farmers’ Market9.30am-2pm
13th DecGreen Friday 2019 @ St Peter’s, CorkTBC
DublinDaily until 31st DecMakers Market @ Om Diva BoutiqueOm Diva Boutique10am-6.30pm
Sun: 12-6pm
Sundays until 22nd DecChristmas Market on the Green @ The Well, Stephen's GreenUrban Markets Dublin12-5pm
13-15th DecThe Fumbally Christmas Market @ The Fumbally StablesThe Fumbally Stables13th: 1-8pm
14-15th: 10am - 6pm
14th DecSustainable Fashion Dublin Flea @ The Workman’s ClubSustainable Fashion Dublin12-5pm
14th & 15th DecMade in Stoneybatter @ The Work and WeldersLilliput Stores11am-5pm
14th & 15th DecChristmas Eco Craft MarketNational Botanic Gardens10am-4.30pm
19th & 20th DecA4 Winter MarketA4 Sounds19th: 3-10pm
20th: 12-5pm
Kerry14th & 15th DecOld Market Flea @ The Laurel’s Hall, Killarney11am-5pm
Meath22nd DecMarket @ Sonairte, LaytownSonairteTBC

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Ep 11. Cloth Nappies: the “How”s and “Why”s – Annie Byrne, Cloth Nappy Library Ireland

In this episode I give a brief mention about the Amazon Fire and what we can do about it before getting down and dirty with all things nappy related with Annie from Cloth Nappy Library Ireland. Whether you're a current or soon-to-be parent or know someone who is, or just like learning new things, this episode is for you.

The two of us chat about:

Annie's Cleaning Advice

  1. Do a cold rinse first.
  2. Then a hot wash at 60 using whatever detergent you use.
  3. Depending on hardness of water you can do a rinse at the end.
  4. Airdry the outershell.
  5. Most of the padding/boosters can go in the dryer.
  6. That's it!

Events, Groups & Meet-Ups Mentioned:

Where to find some beautiful cloth nappies as mentioned by Annie:

Annie's collection!
Annie's collection!

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Ep 9. The Solution to Plastic Toys & “Toy Miles” – Sharon, Jiminy

It's time to awaken our inner child with Sharon from Jiminy! This woman is an inspiration for anyone who wants to just do something for the planet from micro activism to evoking huge changes within corporations.

We chatted about:

  • Sharon’s background before Jiminy.
  • What’s the exact problem with toys?
  • The challenges Sharon faced of finding eco friendly toys.
  • What are Toy Miles?
  • The criteria products must fill before Sharon orders them.
  • How she encourages her suppliers to do plastic free shipping.
  • Borrow kits, how they work and how you can help!
  • Personal advice from Sharon as to how we can help the planet.

Below is Sharon's list of Stockists across Ireland! You can also find it on her website here.

Where Retailer Range stocked
Dublin Mira Mira, Sandymount Green Toys
Designist, George's St Toys
Hugh Lane Gallery Bookshop Art/craft supplies
Irish Craft Siopa, ABC Drumcondra Toys, art/craft supplies
Bí Urban, Stoneybatter Toys
Paper Pieces, Raheny SC Toys
Reuzi Art/craft supplies, few toys
Wicklow The Village Store, Enniskerry Toys
Wexford Hook Lighthouse Giftshop Toys
Galway Lighthouse Giftshop at the National Aquarium Toys
Mayo PAX Westport Art/craft supplies, few toys
Sligo Pulled Screenprinting  Art/craft supplies
Tyrone Soul Hippy Toys, art/craft supplies

 

If you want to get in touch with Sharon, be it as an eco toy producer, potential stockist or to offer a party kit, her e-mail is hello@jiminy.ie or contact here via the Jiminy Website. Don't forget to follow Jiminy on Instagram and Facebook too!

 

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Ceara X

 

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Ep 8. A Minimal Waste Lifestyle from Kids to Corporate, Reuzi – Pat Kane

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I had the absolute pleasure of chatting to Pat Kane, the force behind Reuzi. She is doing great work for the planet from providing sustainable products to educational services in schools and businesses on the why's and how's of living a greener lifestyle.

In this episode, we touch on:

  • Pat's childhood in Brazil.
  • How Reuzi came about.
  • How sourcing and shipping products work.
  • The corporate talks, home visits and parties she hosts.
  • Eco bricks, how to make them.
  • Producing minimal waste with babies (nappies and wipes!).
  • Making your own cleaning products.
  • Advice for starting out on your own minimal waste journey
  • The future of Reuzi!
Pat giving one of her talks at a primary school!

Mentioned in this episode:

 

Keep up to date with Pat and Reuzi on Instagram (@reuzi.e), Facebook and Twitter!

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Ep 7. The Basics of a Vegan Diet from Fitness to Family – Dr. Ailis Brosnan

Episode 7 was recorded a few months ago with Dr. Ailis Brosnan, I've just been waiting for the right time to release it!

We chat about:

  • The basic food intake and tips she suggests for eating a plant based diet.
  • Her diet in regards to her active lifestyle.
  • A brief look into raising vegan children.
  • What services she offers for people wanting to improve their health or physique or transition to a plant-based diet.
  • The road she followed to working in her field of health psychology and sports and also transitioning to vegan diet.
  • Her Mizen Head to Malin Head journey, find out how she got on here!

Check out Dr. Brosnan's website here where you can find access to her online coaching and services.

Resources mentioned:

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Ep 6. Researching Sustainable Eating – Simone Tiso

In episode 6 we talk to Simone Tiso, a multi-talented human, who takes the time to share all the research he's built up over the years on sustainable eating.

We cover:

  • Simone's background in Italy.
  • How he came to live in Ireland.
  • The differences he noticed in sustainability between here and Italy.
  • What The Lead Forge is and why he set it up.
  • How relying on dairy and beef in Ireland is affecting us.
  • A brief look at Factory Farming in Ireland.
  • The Almond tree problem in California.
  • How Positively Eventful came about.
  • Basic tips for becoming or eating vegan.

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Ep 3. Running a Zero Waste, Local Goods Shop – Peadar Rice

In this episode, we interview Peadar, the man behind Small Changes, a zero waste shop now in Drumcondra, Dublin where you can get all sorts of refills and organic, local products. We talk about:

  • Peadar's background leading up to opening Small Changes in Gorey, then Drumcondra.
  • The research and criteria products undergo before they reach the shelf.
  • Where their fruit and vegetables come from.
  • Getting involved with community gardens.
  • Convincing suppliers to go plastic free.
  • The ripple effect of making small changes and grassroot movements.
  • Advice for people looking to live more sustainably.
  • The future of Small Changes.
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Mentioned in this episode:

If you're interested in collaborating with Small Changes, you can e-mail Peadar at peadar@smallchanges.ie

Before May 24th 2019, Irish Citizens should check out this link by Stop Climate Chaos to make sure their TDs are considering the Climate.

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