This blog post has been a long time coming… Two years to be truthful. Although my dad is a keen gardener I've only caught onto its lure in the last few years. It started with an overflowing garden balcony and then it evolved into hilltop allotment. Throw a few house moves and country changes into the mix and finally I'm settled into a wee garden space where I can grow my own produce and plants on my doorstep. Everything I've learnt about gardening came from my Dad, so I'd like to thank him for that.
For more than 50 years, the global production of plastic has increased exponentially. Plastic is a durable, primarily petroleum-based material, which has gradually replaced materials like glass and metal. In Western Europe and North America, approximately 100 kilograms of plastic is consumed each year per person, mostly in the form of packaging. According to the … Continue reading 9 Simple Tips for Reducing Plastic Consumption
We need to encourage more conversations about climate change.
For anyone who knows me you'll know I'm not one for extreme lifestyle changing challenges. I don't like New Years resolutions and I didn't do Veganuary. I'm not an Eco Hero, I'm just a regular person in society exploring ways to live my life more sustainably. This morning as I stared at the sandy base … Continue reading The 10 day Eco-Challenge
As an environmental activist, I am a firm supporter of an incremental carbon tax in Ireland. In fact I’m all for higher taxes when it comes to products and fuels and which are damaging to our environment and substances which cause havoc to the health of our society. However, is the Irish nation ready for … Continue reading Are you ready for incremental Carbon Tax increases?
After four years of fashion design study and 10 years working in the garment industry my relationship with textiles has gone thorough swings and roundabouts. I was never a serial shopper (I did enough of that in my day jobs), but I was a mass producer; feeding a market with seasonal ranges of clothing; many … Continue reading Good, Fast and Cheap – Textiles, Consumerism and the Environment
This week saw the publication of a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (ICPP) entitled “Global Warming of 1.5°C”, the most significant warning about the impact of climate change in 20 years. The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared … Continue reading How does Ireland Stack up in the Fight against Global Climate Change?
So Bec has finally succeeded in getting me to sit down and write a long overdue article for you all, I think I am still traumatised after writing up my PhD thesis last year. Basically I have spent the last five lovely (but intense) years in Devon England, researching chemical pollutants and their effects on … Continue reading Pollution Post #1:
Before I converted to Sustainabilisim (worshippers welcome!) I absentmindedly over consumed, ate meat daily and understood little about the hazardous effects of disposable plastics. I was also ill informed of the nasty ingredients found in every day cosmetics. As a child I remember my uncle taking part in a televised Eco-warrior project and as I was … Continue reading Deo-lemma