Growing Fruit & Veg: Raising Seedlings

Did you know that for every kilogram of vegetables you grow yourself, you’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2 kilograms, compared to buying from the store? I don’t have the time to be fully self-sufficient when it comes to fruit and vegetables but I get great joy from supplementing our weekly fruit and veg shop withContinue reading “Growing Fruit & Veg: Raising Seedlings”

A Guide to Composting & Composters

Composting is so easy peasy it’s a shame that more people don’t do it. It can also save you a fortune in waste charges and in garden compost. It’s also the only zero-waste way to get peat-free compost. It’s also the only way to get compost with no nasties in it. Did you know thatContinue reading “A Guide to Composting & Composters”

Why I don’t like Biodegradable / Compostable Plastics

In recent months there’s been a lot of talk about plastic waste in Ireland. I’m hoping that this is a sign of things to come and that we’ll soon be waving bye, bye to unnecessary, excessive use of plastic. Most commentators seem to agree that our use of plastic has got out of hand butContinue reading “Why I don’t like Biodegradable / Compostable Plastics”

Tips to reduce Food Waste

I was previously filmed for the news on our National TV station RTE. The segment was about the use of brown bins (compost bins) in Ireland, which apparently is on the decline. The piece equated food waste with brown bin usage but I made the point (which was edited out) that if someone is doingContinue reading “Tips to reduce Food Waste”

Biodegradable / Compostable Clothing

Recently i learned the difference between biodegradable and compostable. When something is biodegradable, it means it is degradable, but it also means that it can be broken down by the metabolism by micro-organisms. When something is compostable, it means that it biodegrades, but it also means something more: that it will degrade within a certainContinue reading “Biodegradable / Compostable Clothing”