See you Later

This will be my last article for Living Lightly in Ireland. Thank you to all of you for supporting me and the website over the past 6+ years. It’s been a blast but all things must come to an end.

Photo by Junseong Lee on Unsplash

Truth is, I just don’t have the interest or time to continue to manage the website. I was hoping to get to a point where I could pay someone to take that on but it hasn’t happened.

I could just let the website sit there as it is but I think out-of-date information can be more dangerous than no information.

I could have gone down the advertising route but I couldn’t find an ethical alternative to google ads and don’t have the bandwidth for managing advertising myself.

In an ideal world the website would be fully funded by readers. For the thousands of people that visited the site monthly, only a tiny fraction donated. To all of you that did donate I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Maybe sustainable living information is so readily available in mainstream media that a website like this is no longer required. If that’s true I hope I played a small part in making that happen.

I’m not disappearing from the world of sustainability. I am now putting my energies into my sustainable/circular design consultancy Circular Design Institute, which helps manufacturers and construction companies transition to the circular economy.

Before I go a huge thanks to my husband and children who put up with me spending thousands of hours researching, editing and curating content for this website.

I plan to leave the website up until Christmas, so enjoy it until then.



Published by Elaine Butler

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

19 thoughts on “See you Later

  1. Take care, Elaine. We’ll keep in touch, hopefully.
    It’s a tough journey, trying to get people’s attention with our message.
    Hope the Circular Design Inst. is going well.

  2. Thanks so much for an amazing job Elaine. I have dipped in from time to time and am guilty if not contributing financially so would like to do that now. Thanks again for your energy and dedication to this brilliant site…very sorry you are going. Congratulations on an excellent job and best wishes going forward.

    1. I’m glad the website was of value and thank you so much for your donation. I really appreciate it. Hopefully sustainability will be come so common place in the future, we won’t even have to think about it. Elaine

  3. Thank you Elaine for your massive contribution to the pool of knowledge. When I first started researching how to live sustainably in a manageable way yours was the only truly honest source of information I could find. I’m glad you found the direction you did -you’re a force to be reckoned with. I can see great things coming from you supporting companies into the circular economy! Wishing you the very very best with it all!

    1. Thank you so much for such lovely words. I’ve enjoyed the journey to. I’ve learned tons, had great chats with people and even got on the TV because of it. Overall a really positive experience. Take care, Elaine

  4. Oh no. I am so sad to see it go 😭😭 🥺🥺 it is my go to place for when I need to find stuff out! However I cannot begin to imagine the amount of hours that went into it and totally understand your reasoning…I think the government should pay u a lot of money to do it as greenwash is so prevalent and it’s so hard as a general consumer to figure this stuff out without proper labelling and standards.
    I would love to touch base about your work and new institute…sounds v exciting and just what the country needs too… Too bad we couldn’t have more of u

    1. That’s so kind of you to say Sinead. I would have loved to have kept the website going and wondered about getting funding, but I think the government departments might take issue with my ‘call a spade a spade’ approach 🙂

  5. The very best of luck Elaine. I very much enjoyed reading your posts, they are so well thought out and written, I also fully know the time it takes to keep going

    1. Thanks so much. I really appreciate you saying that. It seems so much of the info available online is just a cut and paste job these days, and people don’t seem to mind.

  6. Thanks so much for all the work you put on the research and the great articles, they were really useful since it is hard to find relevant information for Ireland in sustainability.

  7. Elaine, the research you made available to us all here has been invaluable, and so helpful in changing my own approach to sustainable living. Thank you. And good luck with Circular Design.

  8. So very sorry to see you go. Thank you for all your hard work and advocacy in this space. It’s such a shame that the truly moral and authentic can’t make a go of it online. I wish you all the very best in your next endeavour and have no doubt you will succeed with the highest level of integrity 🙂

    1. Hi Meagan. I’ve tried replying to you twice already here but somehow WordPress keeps gobbling it up. Hopefully third times a charm. Thanks so much for your kind comments and it is a shame it’s impossible to make information sharing pay for itself without advertising these days. Says a lot about society and what we value. All the best to you too.

  9. Really sorry to see you go. Thank you so much for all your insights and advice over the years. You have been a trailblazer. Wishing you all the very best in the next chapter of your advocacy.

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