Have you ever heard of the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’?! No, neither had I until my local coffee retailer BaristaBike told me about it as I was getting a refill for my KeepCup. Following a bit of background reading I was enlightened to discover that the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ itself is a bit of … Continue reading The ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’
Estuaries are river mouths that reach the sea. They are embayments that experience reduced salinities due to the influence of the flowing fresh river water into the area. The area usually has extensive mudflats or sand flats at low tide, with a build up of silt from the river. This silt is as a result … Continue reading Estuaries
Ireland is on the edge of Europe, it is stationed on the Atlantic fringe and this makes it a pivotal location for climate research, as it is a location that can be used for both research on ocean climate change theories and hypothese testing along with solar-mediated (sun changes) hypothese trials. However, investigating how climate … Continue reading Irish marine and coastal habitats intro
Denim jeans are made mostly of the seemingly pure and all natural plant based fibre that is cotton. This thirsty plant depends on fertile land, intensive irrigation, pesticide spraying and a sunny climate in order for crops to thrive.
As consumers, we are often enticed by attractive packaging but also by buzz words like ‘Organic’, ‘ECO’ and ‘Natural’. Whilst some of these brands promote organic and wholesome ingredients in their products, what about the materials used in the disposable packaging and what are they made of?
Excited as I was for the upcoming inspirational trip to LA I was conscious of how I was going to maintain my reduced waste lifestyle approach. Not only would I be clocking up the 5745 air miles to my carbon footprint but I would be living in a hotel and on the go all day, relying on convenience foods and coffees. I was also conscious that my colleagues were going to get to know me a bit better and be subjected to my consumer habits and dinning behaviour.
It has not been until recent years that I have become aware of this single use plastic crisis our Planet is facing. Considering a single use plastic bottle lasts approximately half a century and a single use plastic bag somewhere between 20-1000 years, I can’t help feeling somewhat guilty and overwhelmed thinking about where all these plastics have ended up and just how big my plastic footprint is.