I heard an interesting point on a podcast I was listening to yesterday; ‘Can an economy built on the mental exploitation of citizens ever be sustainable?’
How on earth did we get to a place where companies make profit by stirring up feelings of inadequacy in people. If we all sat around a table designing our ideal society, I’m sure this wouldn’t feature, and yet here we are.
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Unfortunately this may end up happening as my ethical stance does result in less income than other websites built on the traditional model of product promotions, advertisements and affiliate links. But for now I can afford to keep it going, thanks in part to all of the wonderful readers who donate to the running of the website.
At the moment I’m looking for someone to help with updating some of my older articles. Just a few hours a week should it. If you’re interested let me know by email (see about me) and we can talk rates.
For now, let’s get going with this month’s happy eco news.
Irish environmental charity VOICE tests takeaway food containers over concerns they are treated with harmful toxins
An new agricultural start-up based in Dublin, Urbanfarm, is using simple organic techniques & the latest technologies in LED lighting, microprocessor controlled aquaponic, hydroponic and fungi growth systems to grow food
According to Possible, solar could run one in four trains in India.
Switchbike, a low cost electric bike conversion kit is now taking pre-orders
Siemens Gamesa recently announced a fully recyclable wind turbine blade
New York’s new governor, Kathy Hochul, has signed a bill into law that will require all passenger vehicles sold in the state to be emissions-free by 2035.
The population of Australia’s largest wombat species is back from the brink too, after almost being wiped out in the 1980s.
Dublin based community garden in Cherry Orchard has a bumper year enabling them to supply a local supermarket and cafe
A Climate & Nature Summit aimed at students and teachers is taking place this November
Zero Waste Europe are running a series of monthly webinars on Zero Waste in Europe
It’s blackberry season so here’s my recipe for blackberry & apple jam.
Easy to read article about if it will be possible to offset global carbon emissions
The UK Green Film Festival is running from 3rd to 14th November.
And taking place between November 4th to 7th in Glasgow, and the 1st to 14th digitally worldwide, is the Climate Crisis Film Festival
Cambridge Open Eco Homes have created a hub where homeowners looking to build more sustainable homes can interact with volunteers with experience in eco-renovation and sustainable building.
You can now find environmental tips from the Irish Times all in one place
Ethical Consumer Week runs from the 16-22nd of October in the UK and includes a series of discussions on how to move to carbon neutrality globally
Irish startup Refunk hopes to match upcycled furniture with new owners
Irish app Foodie Save allows food businesses to reduce food waste and helps customers save on food costs
Fibreshed in an international movement focused on creating a nature and human enhancing, locally-based textile and clothing culture. They have 4 chapters in the UK
Medellin, Colombia’s second-largest city has created a large network of “green corridors” across the city to offset rising temperatures. The shady walkways and bike lanes have reduced average temperatures in parts of the city by 2°C since they were built in 2018.
Three quarters of plans for new coal power stations have been cancelled since the Paris Agreement in 2015, and now 44 countries are now committed to no new coal power,
The last coal mine in Spain is due to close in December, with coal consumption ending completely by 2030.
Study shows that landscapes with varied planting could boost US crop yields by 20%
Little by little, India is restoring its mangroves, with a nett increase of 93,000 ha since 1987.
Africa’s largest tropical rainforest, Salonga National Park, has been removed from UNESCO’s list of threatened sites, following 20 years of sustained conservation work and anti-poaching measures.
Chinese officials have announced that they no longer consider giant pandas an endangered species.
Here’s a good list of staples to make yourself, from pasta to glue
In possible scenarios for water level rises in 2100, Howth will be cut off from the rest of Ireland
The Burren Beo Trust launches The Hare’s Corner scheme, encouraging landowners that leave a corner of their farms to nature.
And given the time of year that’s in it here are lots and lots of ideas for a low-waste Halloween that I’ve published over the year.
- Sustainble-ish Costumes, Decorations and Treats
- Sustainable Hallowe’en Decorations
- Scrumptious Hallowe’en Treats
- Low-waste Hallowe’en Costumes for Kids
- Hallowe’en Paper masks for Kids
- Hallowe’en Paper masks for Adults
- Do-able Hallowe’en Make-up Ideas
Till next time