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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 & 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
N/A
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
N/A
6th-8th DecSustainable Christmas Market @ D-Light Studios, D1Native Events6th: 4-8pm
7-8th: 11am-8pm
N/A
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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Cormac protesting in style against the invasive sitka spruce.

Ep 12. Why it’s time to join the Rebellion- Cormac Nugent, Extinction Rebellion

For episode 12 I asked Cormac Nugent for an interview on behalf of Extinction Rebellion Ireland. He has been with the group for a few months and hosts some of their public 'Heading for Extinction' talks. He knows an awful lot about the climate crisis situation and more importantly, what we need to do about. We cover a LOT in this episode so it's longer that usual but you won't notice the time going. We sure didn't!

Some of the highlights we talked about are:

  • How Cormac became involved in Environmentalism.
  • The Montreal Protocol: protecting the ozone.
  • Who Extinction Rebellion are, their demands and values.
  • Why they do disruptive actions.
  • What The Climate Emergency the Irish government declared means for us and the climate emergency measures bill.
  • A brief science of the climate crisis: previous extinctions, carbon absorption by the ocean, coral reefs, soil degradation.
  • The temperature rise, why and how it happens, what needs to be done to stop it.
  • Tree cover in Ireland and the problem with sitka spruce.
  • Our carbon budget.
  • What a just transition means.
  • Electric cars Vs public transport.
  • The top 3 causes of climate change.
  • Erica Chenoweth’s studies including the 3.5% rule.
  • Rebellion Week.
  • What you have to do to risk arrest.
  • Examples of affinity groups: Plant Bandits and The Bumble Bees.
  • Advice for battling eco-anxiety.

Educational Resources:

Cormac protesting in style against the invasive sitka spruce.
How to get involved:
  • Social Media Channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
  • Joining your local group (or setting one up if there isn't one!).
  • Via your College/University XR society. Again, you can set one up if there isn't one!
  • By attending local Heading for Extinction talks, NVDA workshops and monthly meetings, all events are listed on their Facebook page here.
  • Share XR's events and posts online and with your friends and family.
  • Donate to their GoFundMe by clicking here.
  • Join protests in person.
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Find and join your nearest strike on the 20th of September!

[Sign up to be a steward here.]

School-age students have self-organised marches around the country and they need you to attend.

  • Dublin: Gathering 12:00 at Customs House, marching at 12:30 to Merrion Sq., rallying 13:00 - 14:00 at Merrion Sq. in front of Govt. buildings
  • Cork City: Gathering on Grand Parade St. from 12:00, marching at 12:20.
  • Kerry (Tralee): Meet at County Buildings, Ratass, at 9am
  • Clare (Ennis): Meet at The Height, O’Connell Square at 9am
  • Drogheda: Demonstrating from 13:00 outside St. Peters's Church, West St.
  • Galway: Demonstrating from 13:00 - 16:00 in Eyre Square
  • Navan: Demonstrating from 13:00 - 15:00 at the Market Square
  • Limerick: Marching from Arthur's Quay Park at 13:00, finishing at City Hall.
  • Dundalk: Demonstrating from 12:30 - 15:00 in the Market Square
  • Kenmare: Demonstrating from 9:00 - 13:00 outside the Courthouse
  • Dingle: 12pm at the Town Park climateactiondingle@outlook.ie.

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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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Ep 1. Replacing Leather and Plastic with Cork – Vasco Carto

In this episode we meet Vasco Carto, the man behind Cork Crafts.

We'll be covering:

  • Vasco's background, from Portugal to County Cork.
  • How cork products are made, from tree to shelf.
  • How cork compares to leather.
  • The unsustainable side of the cork industry: illegal labour and cheap production
  • How to diffrenciate between 'counterfeit' cork and legitimate, sustainable cork.

Follow him on Instagram and Facebook to keep an eye out for his upcoming markets. And let us know if you have any feedback!

Ceara x

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An Introduction to Book of Leaves

Hello and welcome to the very first episode of Book of Leaves! This episode goes into a little about me, why I started this podcast and what kind of areas we'll be covering.

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