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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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Ep 14. Consumer Culture & Decluttering – Emma Gleeson

Emma Gleeson is a professional declutterer with a background in fashion. The research she did into the psychology of consuming things makes this episode an interesting one! We chatted about a whole host if things including:

  • How Emma came to work as a sustainable advocate.
  • The psychology behind why we buy things and why it makes us feel good.
  • How Emma's approach to decluttering works.
  • Where things should go when you're letting go of them.
  • Why we find it hard to part with some "sticky" items.
  • Dealing with stuff on specific holidays.
  • Organizing your children's toys.
  • Decluttering your wardrobe.
  • Tips for your mental health while decluttering.

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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 10. Why we are Sick of Plastic! – Claudia Tormey, Friends of the Earth

Episode 10 is here already! This one specifically looks at plastic and I talk to Claudia Tormey about it. Claudia works for Friends of the Earth and runs their #SickOfPlastic campaign. Have a listen to learn about:

  • How and why Claudia came to work for FOE.
  • Who are Friends of the Earth & what do they do?
  • Why plastic is such a problem.
  • Fracking & drilling for oils in Ireland.
  • The LNG terminals (take action here!).
  • How to Shop and Drop.
  • What's been happening to our waste.
  • Advice on how keep it together as an environmental activist.
Photo: Sorcha McManigan

Other campaigns & causes mentioned:

 

Media Mentioned:

Take action by signing their Sick of Plastic campaign petition here!

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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 5. Tackling Plastic on our Beaches & Canals with Clean Coasts – Richard Curtin

"The thing about plastics, they don't break down, they break up."

Episode 5 is all about the plastic pollution invading our coastlines and how it's getting there. We talk to Richard from Clean Coasts to learn how to deal with it!

In this episode, we cover:

  • Who Clean Coasts are and what they do.
  • How Richard came to work for Clean Coasts.
  • Where the litter on our coastlines comes from.
  • The effect on deep sea creatures. 
  • What we as individuals can do to stop this plastic invasion.
  • Think Before You Flush, 2 Minute Beach Clean and Beat the Microbeads campaigns.
  • The EU's plan to ban single use plastics.

Interested in volunteering with Clean Coasts? You can get in touch with them here.

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-Ceara

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Ep 4. Carbon Free Books, Supporting Charities & Social Change – Rónán Ó’Dálaigh

In this episode I interview entrepreneur Rónán Ó'Dálaigh. You'll soon hear Rónán is a man of many ideas regarding social change. He has been involved with several initiatives and business thus far such as SEDco, Impact Events and the star of the show: Thriftify, a one stop online shop for second books in charity shops nationwide. In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Rónán realised he had an interest in entrepreneurship and positive social change from a young age.
  • Advice for entrepreneurs starting out.
  • His background in big corporations.
  • Why SEDco started and what they aim to achieve.
  • What Thriftify is and how it works.

If you'd like to get in touch with Rónán, you can e-mail him at info@thriftify.ie or visit their website www.thriftify.ie.

Make sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too!

Mentioned in this episode:

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-Ceara

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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 2. Sustainable Fashion, Politics & Personal Choices with Aoibheann McCann

"When you know, you can't unknow."

In this episode with Aoibhéann, we cover:

  • What inspired her to live sustainably.
  • What's happening (or not happening) with Irish politics in regards to the planet and how we can effect change in our government.
  • Mary Robinson.
  • Personal choices we can make to help the environment.

Businesses, causes and incentives mentioned:

Documentaries:

Follow her on Instagram: @aoibheannmccann

 

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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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