Newsletter – November Week 3

positive sustainable stories

Third time’s a charm. I started this introduction twice before, but it morphed into a moan, and honestly who wants to read a moan? So I closed the laptop lid, waiting for a mood change before putting digital pen to digital paper again. Today I had a lovely walk through a sunny, tree-filled park with a friend that is refreshingly real and authentic.  Funny how everything seems brighter when we nurture our needs.

Here’s some nurturing news to help lift your soul this week. Enjoy.

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Scientist develop drug for Parkinson made from shell waste 

A reporters experience of trying to eat only Irish food for one month.

A battery that gets its power from microorganisms in the soil!

The Philippines, the third largest ASEAN economy, has announced it will no longer accept proposals to construct new coal power plants.

How best to look after your cast iron cookware 

Since Donald Trump took office, the clean energy sector in the United States has employed nearly three times as many people as the fossil fuels industry, and between 2016 and 2019, renewables added more than double the jobs that fossil fuels did.

A helpful tool to organise a secret Santa virtually this year

President Michael D Higgens gives a rousing climate focused speech to IEI and here’s a transcript of the President Higgen’s speech if you’d like to read it.

Don’t like to use vinegar for cleaning, use citric acid instead

French startup can convert fossil fuel car to an electric car in 4 hours. The process costs around €4,820 (€3,120 with French EV incentives).

Small village in Scotland raises enough money to create nature reserve.

Make cute bows for your Xmas pressies this year 

Want to start growing food in your school? The Grow at School initiative that can help.

How to Buy Nothing this Black Friday 

For the second year in a row Iceland says it will not be hunting any whales, thanks to changing public opinion and falling consumption of whale meat.

Clothing store in New York decorated with recycled aluminium cans

Eyewear brand Ace and Tate have started to sell ‘retuned’ glasses on Depop

Plant food made from human waste now available in Switzerland!

17 pumpkin recipes from some well known UK chefs

Consumers are demanding greener products as a result of pandemic 

Japan pledges to be carbon neutral by 2050

Samoan government commits to protect 30 percent of Samoa’s ocean by 2025 up from 1%

Egypt’s desert forest proves to be a success 

An app to help you find eco-friendly businesses in France 

Study shows that adding ‘forest floors’ to urban playgrounds boost kids’ immune systems

How to turn a scarf into a sleeveless cardigan with no sewing

Let’s not limit our activism to just plastic pollution 

Want to see images of the earth when you open up a new browser tab! Here’s a browser extension that will do that for you.

AIB are the first Irish bank to aim for carbon neutrally by 2030, using a “net-zero’’ approach.

Three tried and tested methods to encourage walking and cycling.

Thanks for reading and have happy sustainable shopping. You can catch up with me on  Facebook and Instagram between now and next week’s newsletter.


Published by Elaine Butler

I am a circular design consultant helping manfacturers prepare for the circular economy

3 thoughts on “Newsletter – November Week 3

    1. So true, although I find growing fruit and veg really hard. When your garden doesn’t have a lot of biodiversity and your trying to grow organically you really know all about disappointment. I’m working on developing the biodiversity now.


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