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Beat those recession blues – go green!

March 10th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

In the last few years particularly, I have found myself easily spending €50 to €70 per week on my daily lunch. If you eat your lunch out every day, you might not realise just how much it is costing you. A soup, sandwich and a drink doesn’t give much change from €10! I very much doubt I would spend that same amount if I pepared these lunches at home! If you take this saving and calculate what you could put away over a 5 year period, it equates to quite a tidy sum!! Perhaps the Take your Lunch to Work campaign can take over… Read More »

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Wanted: an eco prophet

March 9th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

People are drifting into a lethal slumber on climate change. More of the same won’t wake them up.

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Code of practice for farmers markets

March 2nd, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is inviting farmers’ markets to sign up to the Code of Good Practice for Farmers’ Markets. Markets operating to the Good Practice standard receive a certificate and banner which they can display to inform the public that they source a substantial proportion, ideally 50%, of local produce from the county or neighbouring counties. They also agree to accommodate seasonal and local garden/allotment produce and to comply with food safety/labelling rules and criteria on good governance.  34 markets were awarded the good practice banner in 2009. Applications may be made up until 31 March…. Read More »

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Ditch the gym

March 1st, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

No, GreenMe are not advocating a slovenly lifestyle, just encouraging you to take it outside!! Cancelling your gym membership will not only save you money, it will also lower your carbon footprint!! Link to this post!

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Hummers take a hike

February 26th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

The hulking Hummers you see ruling the road will soon be a thing of the past. General Motors has announced that it will stop production on its popular line of SUVs after an attempted sale of the brand to a Chinese company fell through. According to the Associated Press, Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery had to back out of the deal because it wasn’t able to obtain manufacturing clearance by the February 28 cut-off. “We are disappointed that the deal with Tengzhong could not be completed,” said GM Vice President of Planning and Alliances John Smith. “GM will now work… Read More »

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EPA wins landfill injunction

February 23rd, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

The Environmental Protection Agency has secured a High Court injunction preventing the operators of a controversial landfill near Naas in Co Kildare from accepting further deposits. The EPA had argued the landfill was causing environmental pollution through the emission of serious odours, which had led to more than 300 complaints from the public in a matter of months. The Kerdiffstown landfill near Naas is operated by Neiphin Trading – a company associated with the major firm A1 Waste. Advertisement EPA inspectors found strong odours, from landfill gas and composting activities, were emanating from two sites on the facility. One local… Read More »

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 (February 22 – March 7)

February 22nd, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

‘THE BIG SWAP’ is the theme for Fairtrade Fortnight 2010, which will also highlight the continued growth in Fairtrade sales and support in Ireland. “The Big Swap is all about encouraging people to swap some of their usual purchases – tea, coffee, chocolate and bananas for example – for a Fairtrade Certified product,” says Peter Gaynor, Executive Director, Fairtrade Mark Ireland. “Thousands of Irish consumers have already made the big swap; regularly switching some of their spending to Fairtrade products and in doing so making a real difference to the lives of producers indeveloping countries.” Link to this post!

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Green technology education gets a boost as UL and NUIG join forces

February 19th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

NUI Galway (NUIG) and the University of Limerick (UL) yesterday unveiled details of how they plan to work closely together in what was touted as an unprecedented collaboration in Irish higher education, due to the sheer scale of the venture. The significance of the new strategic alliance was underscored by the presence of Taoiseach Brian Cowen at the announcement in Dublin yesterday, along with Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe. Mr Cowen described it as a “key building block” for the country’s ‘smart economy’ project and promised it would make a major contribution to economic and social development…. Read More »

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Requiem for a crowded planet

February 18th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

This is what the failure of the climate talks means. The last time global negotiations collapsed like this was in Doha in 2001.  After the trade talks fell apart, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) assured the delegates that there was nothing to fear: they would move to Mexico, where a deal would be done. The negotiations ran into the sand of the Mexican resort of Cancun, never to re-emerge. After eight years of dithering, nothing has been agreed. When the climate talks in Copenhagen ended in failure just last December, Yvo de Boer, the man in charge of the process,… Read More »

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Fashionistas: Swap ’til you drop at a “swishing” do

February 17th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Like most parties, it tends to start with drinks, nibbles and casual conversation, until the guests suddenly start swapping clothes. Invented before the credit crunch but becoming more popular as a free substitute for shopping and entertainment, welcome to swishing. “Swishing dos” are parties where people swap second-hand clothes, following a few commonly agreed rules along the following lines: Pick a date and venue, invite friends, prepare some food, let people browse the clothes they have brought while enjoying a glass of wine; at a previously agreed time, count down to the “Swish,” and start swapping. Link to this post!

NI Energy-wise firms save €200,000

February 17th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

An energy saving scheme in Northern Ireland has cut business bills by more than £200,000, it has been claimed. Efficient lighting, refrigeration and heat recovery devices were used to slash costs, energy company Energia said. First launched in 2005, Belfast International Airport and Curley’s supermarkets are among companies embracing the new technology. Energia chief operating officer Tom Gillen said: “There is now a great opportunity for businesses to cut their overheads significantly through the use of grants which will cover at least 20% of the investment.” The energy efficiency scheme for commercial premises was introduced by the Northern Ireland energy… Read More »

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Sustainable community project gets underway in Galway

February 14th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

The development of the first ecological community in the west of Ireland will be discussed at a public meeting hosted by the Galway Sustainable Community Project in the Westside Library this Tuesday. This will be the first in a series of public meetings which will be designed to encourage interactive discussion and invite new people to get involved in the project. The Galway Sustainable Community Project is a group of people based in Galway city whose vision is to create a small, purpose-built, settlement in the west of Ireland where residents will produce some of their own food and energy… Read More »

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On yer bike as ‘High Nelly’ makes electric comeback

February 10th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

THE ‘High Nelly’ bike is back — and this time no pedal power is required. A family-owned company is attempting to beat the recession and add a 21st-century touch to the world-famous bike by powering it with a battery. The bike, manufactured by GoEco in Cappamore, Co Limerick, is the first electric bike manufactured in the country and already orders have been placed for the new product from the UK and continental Europe. Link to this post!

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Green Parenting

February 9th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

WHEN it comes to adopting green parenting practices, being environmentally aware is not the same thing as being environmentally friendly, says green parent and ‘ mumpreneur’ Claire Lancaster, founder of Dandelion Lounge, a personalised stationery service with a focus on families. ” If you asked my mum raising a family in the Seventies if she was ‘environmentally friendly’ she wouldn’t have been able to answer the question, simply because the term would have meant nothing to her,” says Lancaster. But in the Seventies, her mother opted for reusable terry-towelling nappies, walked everywhere, purchased from a local farm and greengrocers and… Read More »

‘Critical’ situation at Kildare landfill

February 9th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

he High Court has been told that one million tonnes of waste have been lodged at a landfill site near Naas in Co Kildare. The amount of waste is in breach of the site’s waste licence and the court heard that the situation is now ‘critical’. The statement was made by Nuala Butler, Senior Counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency. Link to this post!

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Irish company Ocean Energy signs a major development deal

February 5th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Irish company Ocean Energy, which designs turbines capable of converting wave power into electricity, has signed a major development deal with a US multinational. Ocean Energy‘s CEO John McCarthy said the agreement with Dresser-Rand would significantly develop wave energy in Ireland and should lead to the creation of thousands of jobs. Link to this post!

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NUI Galway launches Green Week

February 1st, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

NUI Galway’s Green Week was launched today (Monday, 1 February) at a talk by RTE’s Environment Correspondent, Paul Cunningham on ’Copenhagen and Beyond’. Now in its third year, Green Week will take place on campus from 1-7 February. The Green Week programme features many environmental themed events such as Ecolympics, Leave your Car at Home Day and Wear Green Day. Link to this post!

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Sustainable stock offers more that extraordinary returns

January 29th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Sustainable investing is helping to change environmentally harmful business practices. A new breed of investors is profiting from green while benefiting the planet. There are several established financial instruments for green investments including stocks, bonds, funds, savings accounts, deposit certificates and money market accounts. All of these types of investments can help the planet and turn a handsome profit. In preceding articles, The Green Market provided practical demonstrations of the sizable profits available to investors in green stock. In this article I address the benefits green investing offers the earth. Link to this post!

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Green make up tips

January 27th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

I came across sweet almond oil when a friend of mine put together a hamper of organic skin products straight from the health shop .  To be honest I was dubious, as I think when it comes to skincare, you get what you pay for. However the claim that it doubles up as a moisturiser and a makeup remover won be over (convenience is also very high on my list of priorities). The fact that I happened to tune in to one of those UK makeover shows when the make-up artist announced that almond oil is her one can’t do… Read More »

Dunnes to challenge €36m plastic bag levy bill

January 27th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Dunnes Stores has been granted permission by the High Court to challenge a tax bill for over €36m arising from the plastic bag levy. The retailer is also claiming that the Government regulations that introduced the levy in 2001 are so uncertain that they are invalid. The Revenue Commissioners produced the figure of €36.4m after carrying out an assessment over a four-year period at the supermarket chain. Advertisement But Dunnes Stores claims the bags in question are not subject to the Government levy of 22 cent per bag. It claims the bags in question were used in its stores in… Read More »

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