I had a wonderfully uplifting encounter with the owner of a new low-waste store, The Proper Shopper in Dublin 18, last week. They are only open a few weeks, so brand new, fresh faced and brimming with enthusiasm. If you’re in the area pop down and say hello. Tell Brian Elaine sent you.
When you hear news reports about Lidl and M&S trialling refill points (see below) you can fear for stand-alone package-free stores, but I don’t. It’s a different market with a different consumer. Small stores can create community in a way that large chains never can.
Which it’s why it’s so important that ecopreneurs don’t stop at sustainability. We have to be sustainable and ……. something, whether that’s sustainable and healthy, or chic, or design led, or inexpensive or whatever your customer values enough to make the effort to travel to you for. Building value-driven relationships with customers is the best investment any business can make.
Of course my USP is being sustainable and incredible sexy! And on that note here’s this month’s planet positive news
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Photo is of a digital detergent refill point in a Lidl
On the cusp of Father’s Day here are some ideas of cute, easy, low-waste Father’s Day homemade cards and presents
And if you’re barbequing this week, some tips on how to make your barbeque more sustainable
A review of Just add water Cleaning Products by eco blog Moral Fibres
eBay UK recently launched Imperfects — a marketplace for apparel brands to sell clothing, shoes and accessories with minor defects at discounted prices, to keep previously “unsellable” items out of landfill
The Beagle Button is a new add on for internet browser makes sustainable shopping easier
Ireland’s first DIY Reuse Centre opens up in Drogheda
G-Star is encouraging us to wear our denim till the end with this very slick ad
The UK retailer Dunhelm is now running a textile recycling scheme
Study estimates we only need 139 items in our wardrobe over our lifetime
And here are some great tips on creating a sustainable wardrobe
Food & Drink
A good explanation on why Supermarkets need us to buy junk food to maintain their profits
Study finds that thanks to a waning appetite for meat over the past twenty years has caused the greenhouse gas emissions of US diets to drop by 35% over the past 20 years
A PHD researcher in UCD is carrying out a study looking at reducing the carbon footprint of Irish diets. If you’re interested in participating click on the link for more info
Air Protein launches fake steak made from CO2 replicates taste and texture of meat
Love this Irish wild bird educational organisation. Great resource for schools
Investigative journalism by Irish news outlet Newsworthy shows that threatened native flora is being still being overgrazed in many parts of the country
In the last five years, a restoration project in Brazil has recovered 5,000 ha of forest cover
And now it’s even easier to help research on biodiversity in Ireland. The new Flower-Insect Timed Count (FIT Count) app makes recording insects that visit a flower over 10 mins a synch.
Now schools can help nature and be in with a chance to win €10,000 by becoming a Nature Hero
Want to meet farmers for nature? Then book a farm walk this summer
An excellent podcast on what to consider when buying an EV
A recent European study found that drivers don’t think electric vehicles can get them where they need to go – even when, objectively speaking, they could.
Survey in Ireland shows that most citizens want more cycling and walking supports even if it slows traffic and takes space off cars
A new experimental electric car from Mercedes has travelled over 1,000 kilometres on a single charge
Westmeath has started its first bike sharing scheme in Mullingar and Athlone.
Want to set up a microplastic removal initiative. Here’s the organisation to help you
A project in the US is greening schoolyards. The before and after shots are uplifting in themselves.
A really though provoking guide on bringing a community project to life. It’s focused on creating an eco-village but the approach could be applied to many things
The EPA now have a Circular Tidy Towns Award, which recognises communities that have undertaken activities that support a circular economy
Study fines that windfarms raise incomes and house prices in rural US
Researchers estimate there’s a 42 per cent chance we’ll breach the 1.5°C warming goal even if emissions were to hypothetically cease overnight.
Over the past 26 years San Francisco has collected over 500 tonnes of compost from green bins every day, diverting 80% of the city’s waste from landfill and turning it into high-quality compost in 60 days
Global shipping firm, CMA CGM Group, will no longer transport any plastic waste aboard its ships
Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in a $45million fund to support five circular start ups, including one that creates compostable polystyrene from wastewater.
Not content with just reducing it’s indigenous emissions Sweden has announced an ambitious plan to cut emissions from the products that its citizens consume
For the Hell of It
Stop the Wash had a clever idea to copyright vague ‘green’ slogans in a very catchy song to help stamp out Greenwashing
The Financial Times released a game to get to net zero by 2050