Newsletter – June Week 3

positive news

It’s been 3 weeks since I last published a newsletter. I don’t know what happened, I just ended up out of sync with very little to publish a week ago. Maybe everyone was too busy getting ready to re-enter society to publish any news!

Since I last wrote I’ve also been busy I was interviewed for a research project on food waste, was featured in the eco edition of the RTE Guide, gave two online talks for 3 county councils. hosted an online chat with patrons of the website, gave a talk on circular design to a furniture manufacturer, started recording for my podcast, was interviewed for a piece in the Irish Independent, mentored 5 companies on sustainability and contributed to a submission on the EU’s proposed Sustainable Product Initiative. 

But enough of that, now for some positive eco news …..

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How the Soviets grew citrus trees without glass or fossil fuels in the 1930s 

This is a genius idea to get clothes reused; a pass-along-group

Interesting infographic about the Conference of the Parties (COP) 

Small Swiss farmers vote to ban pesticides

Dutch court orders Shell to cut it’s emissions by 45%

Energy label on appliances in Ireland to change (video)

Join the plastic-free movement this July

Madrid is planning to restore it’s green belt, which once connected all of it’s woodlands

Irish menstrual cup brand Pure enters the market

And we now also have an Irish subscription based period product company Riley 

Peer-to-peer clothing sale app Depop sells to Etsy for $1.6bn (£1.1bn) 

How green policies are damaging our forests

A website hosted by solar panels around the world

An online magazine about low-tech green solutions, which also runs on solar power

Calls for affluent countries to extract historical carbon emissions too

Lovely documentary about Irish bees

An interesting article on the future of flying 

Starbuck to launch reusable cup share programme in Europe, Middle East and Africa 

Police shields being upcycled into greenhouses in South Wales 

Stunning photos of the natural world


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Published by Elaine Butler

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

2 thoughts on “Newsletter – June Week 3

  1. Wow – things are really taking off for you. Maybe I should move back to Ireland! (Or maybe I’m just lazy about connecting with people, haha).
    Interesting news from SBUX. They’ve been trying to tackle the cup waste problem for a while – mostly ineffectively 😉
    The citrus story is on a very interesting solar-powered website! This is an interesting synchroninicity as I’m researching the footprint of web data right now!


    1. I wouldn’t say it’s taking off. It’s been a very slow grow and to be honest the media and government are more interested than the general public, which is kinda depressing. I love that low-tech website, there’s something about the ‘old’ ways that appeal to me. Actually I’d love to write a book about it!

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