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My big fat green wedding

January 27th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Want to help save the planet, but also want your wedding to be memorable?  The following is a great article written by SUE LEONARD of the Irish Independent on how to make that special day environmentally friendly We’re all worried these days about global warming. We want to protect our environment and we do our bit to recycle and reuse. When it comes to weddings, though, we tend to throw green ethics aside. Link to this post!

Gormley outlines €300m water conservation plan

January 26th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Last year Minister Gormley ordered a review of the water investment programme, in order to address the ongoing issue of unaccounted for water and ensure value for money in the overall programme, which includes investment in water treatment and wastewater treatment plants. “We are playing a huge game of catch-up with our water infrastructure, following decades of under-investment.” Minister Gormley said. “Exchequer investment in water infrastructure has increased to an average of €500 million per anum since 2007, and the €4.6 billion the State has spent in the last decade is paying dividends. Link to this post!

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Sargent announces grant aid scheme for horiculture growers

January 25th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Trevor Sargent, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, with special responsibility for Horticulture and Food today announced details of the third round of the grant aid scheme for the development of the horticulture sector under the National Development Plan (2007-2013). The closing date for receipt of applications is 19th February 2010 and only investments commenced after the issue of letters of approval will be eligible. Link to this post!

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Can’t beat an open fire

January 25th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

There are plenty of us out there who think that there is nothing as nice as snuggling up on front of a blazing open fire on a cold miserable night?  And let’s face it there’s no shortage of those at the moment.  However, gorgeous as it looks and feels it can be an expensive and inefficient endeavor. A fireplace sends most of the heat in your house straight up the chimney emitting as much as 24,000 cubic feet of air per hour to the outside!  Bottom line – not very green.  But as GreenMe are the no sacrafice, guilt free… Read More »

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POKENs: Ditch Paper Business Cards. Could Make Shaking Hands More Than a Friendly Gesture

January 23rd, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

We know the greenest option for a business card: scratch the info off a card already handed to you, replace it with your own, and recirculate it.  Nothing greener than reuse!   But…it isn’t exactly professional looking. Could a POKEN also be a green solution? It ditches paper and shares social network information digitally just by “high fouring” someone who also has a POKEN.  Everything from email to Twitter and Facebook information can be transferred with a touch. Link to this post!

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Mosquito repellent

January 20th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

With the holiday season upon us, why not pack a more natural mosquito repellent on this trip. Citronella, basil, anise oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh garlic are all effective mosquito repellents (all in their own right – you do not have to mix them together you’ll be glad to hear). They are all less harsh on your skin than the conventional pharmaceutical variety.  However, the fresh garlic alternative may acutally repel more than the mosquitoes! Link to this post!

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Golden Globes Green Carpet Dress

January 20th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Who dressed green for the Golden Globes on Sunday? Besides Anna Paquin’s glitzy Stella McCartney’s dress, Livia Firth stole the show. Livia is accompanying her dashing husband, English Actor Colin Firth–heck, anyone who plays Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice is dashing–during Awards season while he promotes his role in Tom Ford’s “A Single Man,” and she is dressing sustainably for her Green Carpet Challenge, Vogue UK reports: Livia, who is also the owner of green boutique Eco Age in Chiswick, UK, shares her sustainable style pick for the night with Vogue, below. Link to this post!

Moderation and ethics will drive 2010 consumers’ choice

January 19th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

As the economy gradually recovers from the past year’s big slump, changes are expected in consumer behavior: according to a recent survey, in 2010 UK and American shoppers are to pay much more attention to transparency and ethical responsibility in their food and beverage purchases. A survey by market research organization Mintel reveals that, despite a widespread growing confidence and adaptation to overcome the previous restraints, consumers will be adapting to the new economy, moving away from excessive spending toward moderation and higher attention to ethical sourcing and sustainability. Link to this post!

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Romania to set first tax on junk food

January 19th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

An unprecedented tax on junk food is to be introduced in Romania as of March 2010. The proceeds will be considered income for the Health ministry to spend on health programmes. The new tax is due by the juridical persons who produce, import or process unhealthy foodstuffs, with a high content of salt, fats, sugar and additives. Link to this post!

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Consumer energy usage on trial

January 16th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

2010 seems to be off to a good energy start with Minister Eamon Ryan announcing the start of the electricity Customer Behaviour Live Trials in the National Smart Metering Project which the Commission for Energy Regulation and other project stakeholders are carrying out and implementing on his behalf.  The Customer Behaviour Trial is one of the most important aspects of the project as it provides insight as to likely future demand, and consumer reaction to new smart electricity meters. Link to this post!

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Water shortage – are you serious?

January 16th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Earlier this week I listened with amazement to a report on Six One where a representative of Cork County Council spoke about the impending water shortage.  Apparently their water system sees, an average 45% loss of water through their system .  An apparently this is reflected in most local authority water systems nationwide! Link to this post!

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The illusion of luxury

January 14th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

What is a luxury? Usually it is something that people want, without any (or much) significant reason for wanting it, except that it is rare. But things that are rare at one point in time can be commonplace at other times. Take chicken. Fifty five years ago chicken was a luxury. In every restaurant it was the most expensive item on the menu and even reasonably well off people in England would be lucky if they ate chicken once an month. Chicken it seems was tasty and such a treat. It was more expensive than beef. Link to this post!

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Feeling drafty?

January 11th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

Caulk it This winter I have found that my house seems to be leaking. By that I mean that I have noticed little drafts in certain rooms that I never noticed before.  Small spaces and gaps around windows and pipes and wires entering the home create create energy wasting drafts that can cut the efficiency of your heating system. Most caulking products are cheap costing under €10. It’s a no brainer for a cosier home and your saving on your home heating bill too! Link to this post!

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25 New Year Resolutions for 2010

January 4th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

It’s that time of year when we make promises about how we’ll change ourselves in the upcoming new year. We look for ways to make a change in our lives, hoping better health or a better job or less stress. Some resolutions are small, others are big life-changing challenges. New Year’s resolutions are often broken, especially if they are hastily made without thinking through the logistics. But if you take a few moments to think about what you want for the upcoming year, you’re more likely to choose realistic commitments. Link to this post!

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Singletons – Irelands Biggest Pollutants

January 4th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

On the outside Irish Singletons seem like a passionate bunch of environmentalists, they don’t own cars and are rigorous about their recycling but a recent study by Trinity College has found that people living on their own produce 37% more carbon emisssions than couples and 59% more than those living in threes (no not trees!!). Link to this post!

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Can we shop ethically?

January 4th, 2010 by   (View Author Profile)

When we buy organic or fair – trade food, the benefits are obvious- it’s healthier, it tastes better and we know we are helping producers earn a decent wage.  We love the feel good factor that we are supporting our local farmer.  So why is it practically impossible to get consumers to shop for fashion locally, let alone ethically? Link to this post!

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Last minute food shopping locally.

December 20th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Instead of pushing your way through the hoards of disgruntled holiday shoppers in the large town shopping centre or supermarket chain, why not do your last minute Christmas food shopping locally. You’ll find lots of unique and interesting Christmas gifts for everyone on your list and at reasonable prices too. Plus you know the money you spend is going into the pockets of the local people and that money is likely to stay circulating in your local economy rather than traveling overseas. GreenMe has been talking to some of the producers and suppliers listed on our directory and the overall… Read More »

Carbon capture ruled out in Copenhagen

December 17th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) will not be added to the list of technologies that industrial countries can invest in to offset their emissions, after some countries expressed their reservations at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen. International climate negotiators have been debating whether to accept capturing CO2 from industrial installations and storing it underground (CCS) as a means of contributing to emission cuts. But they delayed any decisions until next year at the earliest, as no consensus was reached.Some countries have proposed to add CCS to the UN-backed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which allows companies in rich countries to… Read More »

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Banish stale air the natural way

December 17th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

This time of the year we are loath to open windows in fear of Jack Frost invading our homes.  This can often lead to a musty or stale air environment. While we are not advocating that you keep all windows and doors closed throughout the whole winter, we do realise that anything more that 10 minutes airing per day is often as much as our senses will allow us bear. So to counter any nasty stagnant air invading your home we recomment the age old redemy of using vinegar and lemon, or a bowl of baking soda to absorb odours. … Read More »

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Hosting a green Christmas dinner!

December 16th, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

Hosting any dinner party can be a daunting task, not to mind say the big Christmas Dinner, so to help you relieve some of the stress, GreenMe have put together a guide that will help you make your party eco-friendlytable. He′s making a list, he′s checking it twice! Given the festive season we′re in, making a list is very good advice indeed.  Making a list of the food you will need for your Christmas dinner is an absolute must if you are to avoid copious waste.  More often than not, we tend to over buy for this day, by a mile!! Keep… Read More »

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