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Vintage bridal wear fair makes Northern Irish debut

June 8th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Are you, or anyone you know planning a walk up the isle in the near future? If so a trip to the aptly names Frock Around The Clock, Vintage Bridal Fair should be well worth the effort. The fair takes place this Sunday 13th June at Malone House, Barnett Demesne, Malone Road, Belfast from 12 Noon to 5pm.

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Bra that grows your own food

May 21st, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

A Japanese lingerie maker has created a bra that grows rice. The bizarre underwear features pots instead of cups, and a plastic water hose with seedlings acting as a belt. It even comes with a pair of detachable farming gloves. Triumph Japan has a reputation for making “gimmick” undies that convey political messages. Link to this post!

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Man-made climate change blamed for ‘significant’ rise in ocean temperature

May 20th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

The world’s oceans are warming up and the rise is both significant and real, according to one of the most comprehensive studies into marine temperature data gathered over the past two decades. Measuring the temperature of the oceans has not been easy, but the scientists behind the latest study believe there is now incontrovertible evidence to show that the top few hundred metres of the sea are warming – and that this temperature rise is consistent with man-made climate change. Link to this post!

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Convergence – Sustainable Living Festival 2010

May 19th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

The 15th Convergence Sustainable Living Festival takes place later this month. The week long Convergence Festival features talks, conferences, workshops and world café discussions on how urban and rural communities can adapt and thrive in these uncertain times. Taking place mostly in the Greenhouse but other events are being held in the Lighthouse Cinema, Wood quay Venue and the Cloughjordan Ecovillage from the 26th of May to the 1st of June. Link to this post!

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Swap site for kids clothes

May 11th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Years ago we all lived in hand me downs from older siblings, cousins, neighbour etc. I loved when our posh cousins dropped a box bursting with the coolest threads ever. Disappointingly, in this consumer driven, image concious society, the old tradition of hand me downs no longer seem to be something that is very acceptable.
Perhaps the old tradition is about to be revived in our newer greener, budget focused society.

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Ryan to indroduce Windfall levy

May 11th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

HAve you been thinking of investing in a windmill, or perhaps even a more elaborate water mill. Well perhaps the decision has just got easier. The governments new Carbon Windfall Levy could enable you to recoup your costs by selling your surplus electricity.

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9 green projects you can do immediately

May 11th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Between the economic meltdown and the push for green buildings, saving energy, water and money in your home is more popular than ever. Fortunately, greening your home doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. We caught up with Eric Corey Freed, principal of Organic Architect, and author of the new book, Green$ense for the Home. Here’s his list of nine simple things anyone—renters and homeowners alike—can do in their homes today. 1. Change your light bulbs already! How many environmentalists does it take to change a light bulb? There are several answers to this joke (none of them that… Read More »

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Eating Al Fresco – Castlefarm gives May cookery demonstration

May 5th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

If you find youreself in the Kildare region this month, a visit to Castlefarm is a must.  Castlefarm is nationally renowned as one of the top food destinations in the country.  As well as being awarded Bridgestone plaques for the past four years Castlefarm is a Teagasc organic demonstration farm.  Castlefarm sells its own farmhouse cheese, organic beef and pork, organic vegetables, organic eggs and seasonal chutneys and jams as well as other locally produced and Irish food.  Castlefarm not only produces good food but it also educates people about good food offering group tours of the farm as well… Read More »

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How to get kids to eat vegetables?

April 29th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Get them to grow them! A successful new school gardening programme may hold the key to one of modern life’s great dilemma for parents: how to get children to eat vegetables. A programme to encourage schoolchildren to grow their own fruit and vegetables can change the dietary habits of the next generation. Speaking at the the recent Agri-Aware’s Incredible Edible’s growing challenge in the RDS, Minister Trevor Sargent said early learning on food would last a lifetime. Minister Sargent said: “Most of today’s schoolchildren have not had the opportunity to experience growing food at home or on an allotment. Previous… Read More »

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Fight your cold or flu the eco-friendly way

April 14th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

I’m not sure if it was the sudden and dramatic change in the weather, but this week our house is full of sniffles, sneezing and aches and pains.  This includes my two and a half year old daughter Myah who seems to wait to go to a supermarket (or somewhere similarly public) to announce ‘Mummy, look I’ve a snotty nose’.   I’m finding it all very stressful, as unlike other multi tasking parents I know, I am not the well organised mother I should be and have found myself on several occasions routing around my pockets and sleeves to find not… Read More »

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€5,000 grant offered to electric car buyers

April 12th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

The Government is to provide a €5,000 grant to incentivise the public to purchase electric cars. Energy Minister Eamon Ryan said the grant would make electric vehicles comparable in price to conventional cars, but they would run at 20% of the cost. The Government wants Ireland to become an effective test site for electric cars, with a goal of 10% of all vehicles running on electricity by 2020. Advertisement Last year, the Government signed a strategic deal with Nissan Renault, and today Renault is showcasing its new electric vehicle, the Fluence. The ESB has already committed to installing 1,500 charging… Read More »

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Step into Spring at Dublin Zoo

April 5th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Step into Spring with the Junior Readers Club and Bird Watching Workshop at Dublin Zoo.
Birdwatchers and bookworms will be flocking to Dublin Zoo this April for two extra special events to celebrate springtime in the zoo.

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Government spending €1m a week to insulate homes

April 1st, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Eamon Ryan, spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources summarises some of the positve work being done by the Government on the energy front in Ireland.

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Have an eco friendly Easter

March 31st, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

We all love Easter eggs…. sadly one of the most over-packaged products on the market.  A huge cardboard box……. plastic moulding to hold the egg in place, a shiny foil wrapping – all to hold one little hollow egg, weighing maybe 110g! Let’s keep the bunnies smiling and buy some seriously delicious chocolate eggs with the least packaging – choose ones that are only wrapped in foil, or give an Easter gift instead. How about traditional hand-painted Easter eggs and papier mache eggs using the plastic packaging from an egg as a mould?  This could then be decorated and filled… Read More »

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On-line shopping – green or not??

March 28th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

When I was young, I remember whenever we needed to buy a new washing machine ore TV, or some such big appliance, we would search from shop to shop and even town to town in order to get the best product at the best price. In that same process, we would obviously burn up lots of fuel and crank out all sorts of nasty stuff from the car exhaust as we went.  This was normal, because access to information on these products was not as readily available as it is today. Link to this post!

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What are you doing for Earth Hour

March 26th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

You might think that the last thing you need is an excuse for turning off the lights at 8.30pm on Saturday evening. The bottle of chilled white you’ve been avoiding all week is half finished and nestling nicely in the fridge door. But here’s the kind of Saturday night offer you can’t refuse. On the 27 March at 8.30pm at local time all around the world, people will be switching off their lights to show their support for positive action on climate change. It’s WWF’s Earth Hour, and all you need to do to join in is sit calmly in… Read More »

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‘Red tape’ threatens energy targets

March 25th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

The Irish Wind Energy Association has said Ireland is at serious risk of missing key EU renewable energy targets due to a frustrating lack of Government coordination. Ireland has already reached its 2010 target – 15% of electricity comes from renewable energy. Energy Minister Eamon Ryan has committed himself to reforming the complicated entry system. Advertisement However, the IWEA has clearly reached the end of its tether, arguing that the Government’s inability to tackle red tape is presenting critical difficulties that will cost the country dearly in the future. Link to this post!

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Pop-up greeting cards that bloom

March 19th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Who says a greeting card can’t double as a gift? Especially when it pops-up and sprouts a mini living garden! Postcardens are designed and produced in Britain by A Studio for Design — a team of artists who created these evolutionary greetings to make the experience of receiving a card “more playful, curious and interactive,” encouraging the recipient to “bond, live and grow the greeting on day by day basis.” What a perfect message to deliver to green kids to help them develop a green thumb! Learn how easy it is to plant and produce your own mini garden from… Read More »

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Can I buy underwear and be green?

March 15th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

You might be doubtful that your choice of briefs can be a catalyst for global change, but consider the statistics. The UK underwear market was valued at £4.1bn in 2009. Most of that money is spent on multinational-produced pants. Some are constructed from a mixture of oil-based synthetics, including nylon (which results in emissions of nitrous oxide, a poisonous greenhouse gas). Received wisdom tells us that cotton, the main underwear fibre, is the type of natural material we need in these delicate regions. Received wisdom is wrong. Although cotton covers less than 1% of the earth’s landmass, it soaks up… Read More »

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Sustainable energy plan to be unveiled

March 10th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

A plan on how Ireland can become a global leader in sustainable energy will be unveiled this morning by Sustainable Energy Ireland. Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan will attend the event, which will outline a five-year strategy on how Ireland can fully exploit clean, low-carbon technologies and enterprise. A report completed last year suggested 80,000 jobs could be created in Ireland’s emerging green economy – a strategy the Government said would be implemented. However the Labour Party says that while the Government ‘talks a good game’, it has simply failed to deliver. via: rte.ie Link to… Read More »

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