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Compost Trouble Shooting

April 6th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Problem:    Rotten odour is a sign that the heap is too wet or contains excessive green material. Solution:    Turn to mix in air and add more dry browns such as leaves or straw.  If this does not work may want to relocate pile to a well-drained site. Problem:    Composting process is too slow. Solution:    This could be that the moisture content is not right.When building your compost heap, remember to water every 6 – 12 inches. It should resemble a wrung out sponge. Also water when turning pile. Problem:    Amonian odour is a sign that there is excess moisture and… Read More »

Michael Jackson sparks controversy with PETA

April 6th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

PETA, who earlier this year went after Britney Spears’ plans to include live “circus” animals in her upcoming tour (she eventually backed down) is now angered that Michael Jackson is considering doing the same thing. Jackson has already sold out a 10-concert residency at London’s 02 Arena amids rumours he is to feature a variety of exotic creatures onstage during his comeback concerts. British newspaper the Daily Mirror reports Jackson is planning a nature theme for the concerts – with live creatures featuring heavily in the shows. A source tells the publication, “He hopes to make it the most spectacular… Read More »

Funding still available on Home Energy Scheme

April 6th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

The average Irish home is falling far short of the desired BER energy efficiency rating. Energy ratings are graded on a sliding scale: A1 is awarded to the most energy efficient homes, while G is given to the worst.  With most houses in Ireland scoring E1, the Home Energy Saving scheme, which provides grants for insulating homes is now available. The €50 million Energy Saving scheme is open to houses built before 2006 and will help homeowners save up to €700 a year Home improvement measures will include: MEASURE CATEGORY GRANT* Roof Roof Insulation €250 Wall Cavity wall insulation €400… Read More »

Green your school

April 6th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

There is no better place to help students go green than at school. By letting students know what is going on in their local environment helps give them real reasons to adapt their lifestyle.  Below are some simple steps to going green at school which can be implemented by the school, students or parents.  Computer conscious Computers are being used more and more in classrooms.  So how can you increase your childs IT skills while being environmentally aware. • Switch off. Computers left on overnight or over lunch waste energy. Label computers to remind people to switch off. If they can’t… Read More »

Greener Coffee

April 4th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Try and get your manager / boss to source fairtrade coffee for your office.  A good place to start is Ireland’s fairtrade website which publishes a list of wholesale suppliers.  Click here to get started. Link to this post!

Government moves forward with commitment for electric cars

April 4th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Eamon Ryan, Energy Minister today announced plan that if successful will see 10% of all vehicles on our roads go electric!  To achieve this ambitious plan, the government have teamed up with car manufacturers Renault and Nissan. “Today’s initiative will transform our streets, will cut carbon emissions and change the face of transport in Ireland,” Minister Eamon Ryan said. Ryan said the government hoped to sign similar agreements with other auto manufacturers to ensure that around 230,000 electric vehicles are on Irish roads by 2020. Under today’s deal, Ireland will be one of the first countries in the world to… Read More »

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Electric Cars – An Energy Saviour or another False Dawn?

April 3rd, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Electric cars pre-dated the internal combustion engine, but the availability of cheap petrol and its flexibility as a transportable fuel, together with the invention of the starter motor saw the internal combustion engine emerge as the clear 20th century winner for road transport. The 21st is experiencing new pressures – security of fuel supply, global warming, and peak oil – that are forcing us to reevaluate our ideas. On April 15th, the RDS will be hosting a seminar which will review recent world-wide developments with electric vehicles as well as associated areas of battery technology and charging infrastructure. It will also look… Read More »

Cars, eco homes and landscapes

April 3rd, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Everyone has their own ideas about the car’s place in the environment and a discussion on the subject could last indefinitely. I take the view that whereas now cars are a necessary evil with a limited future – renewable energy will eventually provide us all with affordable eco-friendly transport. In the meantime: Lose the Car … When thinking about designing the landscaping for your eco-site, if you really want to encourage earth-friendly behavior, one solution is don’t just build a sustainable structure but make it difficult for the people who use the structure to park cars there. This type of approach… Read More »

Get Composting!

April 1st, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Never composted before? Well don’t worry you’re in good company. There are a lot of people out there that are green in heart but not in head.  The idea of recycling your waste and composting seems like an excellent idea in theory. But exactly how you go about setting up a good composting system, quite often seems complicated and frequently is put on the long finger as life gets in the way. In the following paragraphs GreenMe will attempt to make composting easy and rewarding. Why Compost? I recently read somewhere that by adding just one decent amount of compost… Read More »

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Guerrilla Gardening: The Green Fingered Revolution

April 1st, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Under the cover of darkness, with seed and trowel, gardeners are busy planting public spaces and barren plots of urban land green.  So what′s the motive behind the activities of these green revolutionaries? Well it’s a phenomenon called guerrilla gardening and it’s changing the way our cities look as volunteers work without permit or permission on private property to transform abandoned public spaces Link to this post!

Insurance companies are going green

April 1st, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Insurance companies are going green. After consumers drink their fair trade brew, purchase their eco gifts and stock up on environmentally friendly household products, they can now buy “green” insurance policies that cover the car, house and travel. Insurance providers are now offering  new policies that will pay to rebuild a home using greener materials after it’s destroyed by fire or other disasters and offer discounts if you take the advanced driver test which will help develop more economical driving practices. So far, only a handful of “green” insurance policies are available on the market but more and more companies… Read More »

Green Business and the Triple Bottom Line

March 28th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

 If you are about to take the exciting step into launching a green business or are considering converting an existing business to more eco friendly practices; you may have heard the term “triple bottom line”.So what does it mean? Sometimes referred to as “TBL”, triple bottom line simply stands for   People Planet Profit   Sounds like another fancy business jargon. But it’s actually a serious and increasingly recognised concept. Triple Bottom Line reporting is becoming an accepted way for businesses to demonstrate they have strategies for sustainable growth. The triple bottom line is a form of reporting the impact… Read More »

The right to dry

March 24th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Tumble dryers are the most power hungry appliances in your home.  In fact, dryers account for at least 6% of the electricity used in the average household.  Is it any wonder that line-drying is coming back? In the US, line drying is quite often banned as an unsightly nuisance to neighbours.  This has lead to right-to-dry activists and blogging eco-moms  forming an alliance. Their cause?  To reduce energy consumption and to call upon sunlight rather than bleach to get those whites even whiter. Now I know you’re thinking we would be pushing it to rely on sunshine here in Ireland,… Read More »

A big green thank you for the support!

March 22nd, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

The response to GreenMe’s appearance the Dragon’s Den last night has been overwhelming! We have already received hundreds of thoughtful and encouraging emails.  Most importantly — your vote of confidence has given us a resounding thumbs up.   It has confirmed that GreenMe is a relevant and important information point for people wanting to lead a greener lifestyle. Since arriving in the office this morning we have been offered advertising support, guest bloggers, cartoons, articles and investment!! GreenMe would like to thank you for this incredible support. You have invigorated us to work harder than ever to deliver a comprehensive and… Read More »

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Not bitten by the dragons

March 22nd, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

We’re not going to lie!  Appearing on RTE’s Dragons’ Den, was the most traumatic and terrifying of experience of our lives.  But that isn’t to say we wouldn’t do it all over again! The truth is we came away with the fire in our bellies to prove the famous five wrong!! Funding We didn’t appear on Dragons’ Den with the primary goal of getting funding (although obviously no one in their right mind turns down €100,000 and the contacts book of a successful entrepreneur).  GreenMe’s main reason to apply to Dragon’s Den in the first place was to get the… Read More »

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Time to get screwing…the cork not the cap

March 21st, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Cork forests are endangered, but suprisingly if we choose wine with real corks instead of plastic and metal caps, we’ll ensure the preservation of these forests through the power of supply and demand.  Link to this post!

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Find a Green Hotel

March 19th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Whether it′s a one night business stop over, or a weekend getaway, make sure your accomodation has the same green habits as you do at home. Link to this post!

Earth Hour: March 28, 8.30 – 9.30pm

March 18th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

At 8.30 pm on March 28 people around the world will turn their lights off for one hour in a universal effort to show that it is possible to take action on global warming. Begun in Sydney two years ago by the World Wildlife Fund, 2 million people turned off their lights. Last year 50 million people across 35 countries switched off for one hour. Supported in Ireland by Friends of the Irish Environment, Dublin’s Custom House went dark and Eirgrid reported reductions of 50 megawatts – enough electricity to power 32,500 homes. This year Earth Hour is the biggest… Read More »

Gift ideas for Mothers day.

March 18th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

If you’re searching for a gift for your mum this upcoming Mother’s Day, here are a few ideas from  businesses listed on GreenMe.ie’s directory: Livingifts.ie have a great choice of gifts some of our favourites are the ‘Fruit Garden’ ……€35 this gift includes two strawberry pocket plants ready to plant out and grow summertime strawberries along with artisan produced strawberry jam and a punnet of fresh strawberries, and ‘A tree gift with Chocs’…. €39  this includes a beautiful Camellia plant ready to plant out and grow (looking spectacular at the moment) along with a heart of handmade Irish chocolates For… Read More »

The importance of embodied CO2

March 18th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

You might have heard people say that a Hummer is more environmentally friendly than a Prius.  This assertion may appear false when first considered, until one considers the full lifecycle footprint.  Calculating the lifecycle footprint involves adding the operational and embodied CO2.  We would all agree that on a mile for mile basis that a Hummer has much higher emissions than the Prius (operational CO2) but when the embodied CO2 is factored in, the Hummer comes out as the more environmentally friendly mode of transport.  Without arguing in great detail about the merits of this example, we can look on… Read More »

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