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The Mercosur Deal, Chimps, & Activism - Laura Kehoe

The Mercosur Deal, Chimps, & Activism - Laura Kehoe

November 23, 2020

For episode 40, I had the pleasure to interview Laura Kehoe, an activist, scientist, conservationist - all the ists! She has done, and continues to do, so much for the planet, it's quite mind-blowing. She is a true inspiration and I know I say this about all my episodes, but I really can't wait for you to listen to this one. We cover a lot, it's listed below and you'll find links to campaigns & resources too. I hope you get something out of this, because I sure did.

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  • [04:50] Laura's path to conservation & activism.
  • [10:35] What it was like to work with chimps & how they're doing now (check out the talk Laura gave!).
  • [15:10] The main issues threatening chimps.
  • [18:05] Ways in which we can help them.
  • [18:30] The work of Trees.org and what 400 Trees is about.
  • [22:20] What is the Mercosur deal?
  • [30:40] Having effective conversations with people about climate change, and experiencing burnout.
  • [45:30] Managing the stress of fighting for a better world.
  • [47:10] What can WE do regarding the Mercosur deal?
  • [52:35] Green Santa.

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Eco Fashion, Food, & Craic! - Ger & Taz, The Useless Project

Eco Fashion, Food, & Craic! - Ger & Taz, The Useless Project

November 9, 2020

Episode 39 has none other than top gals Geraldine and Taz from The Useless Project (formerly Sustainable Fashion Dublin). I'm buzzing for you to hear this chat. Follow them on Instagram @theuselessproject or find them on Facebook to keep up to date with all their shenanigans and handy eco tips for life. 

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  • [04:40] Geraldine & Taz talk about their backgrounds.
  • [13:00] Lockdown happens, what happened to SFD?
  • [16:10] Where the name 'The Useless Project' came from.
  • [18:55] A website you say?
  • [24:40] Basic guide to food sustainability, how to cut down on food waste, seasonal buying & herbicides.
  • [30:20] Sustainable fashion & home-ware.
  • [32:00] Their favourite personal second hand finds for home-ware & fashion
  • [33:40] How to deal when all that's going on gets a bit too much.

 

Foraging for the Planet & the Soul - Dermot Hughes, Forage Ireland

Foraging for the Planet & the Soul - Dermot Hughes, Forage Ireland

October 26, 2020

It's time to talk foraging with Dermot Hughes! I've wanted to learn about foraging for so long and I'm delighted to have Dermot here to talk us through it. Foraging has a few various benefits which we'll go into. You can keep up to date with Dermot's adventures on his Facebook page. In the meantime, get your hat and walking stick ready, and enjoy the ride!

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  • [05:45] Dermot's journey into setting up Forage Ireland.
  • [11:40] The best place to start.
  • [12:50] Sloe berries.
  • [15:30] Wild garlic.
  • [16:25] Edible flowers & garden plants.
  • [17:35] Poisonous flower to avoid.
  • [18:10] What's the point in faoraging when there isn't enough to feed everyone & we can get our food in supermarkets?
  • [23:15] Cow Parsley.
  • [26:15] How to keep an eye out for pollutants in forage areas.
  • [29:15] The 3 types of foragers.
  • [30:55] The guidelines (and code!) around how much you forage.
  • [35:00] Foraging tools & books.]
  • [45:10] Ways to store surplus food & prevent waste.
  • [47:15] Closing thoughts.
  • [50:00] A few Irish foragers!

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Other Irish Foragers:

 

 

Affordable, Sustainable Fashion: Borrowing & Swapping - Aisling, Nuw

Affordable, Sustainable Fashion: Borrowing & Swapping - Aisling, Nuw

October 12, 2020

Episode 37 is with Aisling Byrne, the founder of Nuw, formally known as The Nu Wardrobe. Nuw is a clothes sharing and swapping app, set up to tackle fast fashion's problems like pollution and workers' rights, which we chat about in full in this interview!

Follow Nuw on Instagram @wearenuw, Twitter or Facebook for sustainable fashion inspiration and info on worker's rights. 

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  • (02:25) Aisling introduce's herself and her background.
  • (09:20) When the idea behind Nuw sparked.
  • (15:10) How the app works.
  • (23:40) The difficulty of finding plus-sized clothes when thrifting, and how Nuw is working to overcome it.
  • (27:05) Plans for bringing menswear on to the app.
  • (29:45) Crowdfunding.
  • (33:50) How to upload clothes to the app.
  • (39:10) Where the line falls by supporting slow fashion and not causing a loss of jobs by boycotting certain companies.
  • (47:20) Closing thoughts.

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Reusing, Repairing & Reducing Waste - Pauline, MyWaste.ie

Reusing, Repairing & Reducing Waste - Pauline, MyWaste.ie

September 28, 2020

Pauline McDonogh is the Prevention Officer for the Southern Region Waste Management Office. She is an Environmental Scientist with over 25 years experience in environmental auditing and waste management. She also set up MyWaste.ie, an amazing online resource for finding out how to dispose of our waste in Ireland. This episode, I chat to her about their upcoming campaign: Reuse Month. Don't forget to rate, review, share, and if you can, please support this podcast on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/bookofleaves) or Buy Me a Coffee (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/BOOKOFLEAVES).

 

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  • (03:45) An introduction to Pauline's role and the Southern Waste Management Office.
  • (05:20) A circular Vs linear economy.
  • (08:50) The Irish figures of recycling, composting and how they can be improved.
  • (11:00) The green economy: how jobs can be created.
  • (12:20) Reuse Month, what it's all about.
  • (15:40) What events will be happening.
  • (18:35) Foodwaste in Ireland.
  • (20:15) How their upcycle challenge will work.
  • (23:45) What MyWaste.ie is (Hint: it's super great!).
  • (27:05) Pauline's personal tips for people trying to tread lighter on the planet.

Much love, Ceara X

Opening a Vegan Café & Zero Waste Shop in Dublin - Sebastian, The Carrot’s Tail

Opening a Vegan Café & Zero Waste Shop in Dublin - Sebastian, The Carrot’s Tail

September 14, 2020

On the first day of lockdown I moved into a new house within 5km of The Carrot's Tail. The vegan café quickly became a fortnightly highlight for me and my housemates. In this episode, I talk to Sebastian, one of the founders of the business, about his personal journey to veganism to the running of the café.

Give them a follow on Instagram @thecarrotstail or Facebook. Don't forget to rate, review, share, and if you can, please support this podcast on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/bookofleaves) or Buy Me a Coffee (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/BOOKOFLEAVES). <3

We cover:

  • (02:45) Sebastian introduces himself.
  • (04:55)How the switch to environmentalism and veganism came about for Sebastian.
  • (09:35) How & why The Carrot's Tail came about.
  • (13:20) The relationship with other vegan businesses in Dublin.
  • (15:30) Addressing the balance of supporting small businesses and vegan options in big chains.
  • (18:50) The initial reception The Carrot's Tail received when opened.
  • (23:45) How they feel about the future post lockdown.
  • (26:35) Tips for managing food waste at home or commercially.
  • (34:10) Tips for anyone wanting to reduce their animal product intake or go vegan.

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Periods: Pads, Cups & Shame - Augustina, We Live Our Values

Periods: Pads, Cups & Shame - Augustina, We Live Our Values

August 31, 2020

Augustina is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to menstruation. From the eco friendly reuseable products available, to how we should change the relationship we have with our periods, there is nothing we don't cover in this chat. Have a listen or watch on YouTube and make sure you follow We Live Our Values on Instagram (@liveourvalues) or Facebook to keep up to date with Augustina!

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  • (03:30) An introduction to Augustina.
  • (05:30) When her awareness of period product waste came about,
  • (09:00) The pricing of reuseable products.
  • (13:50) Reuseable pads with 'a heavy flow'.
  • (17:15) Being discreet with our periods.
  • (18:15) How to wash pads.
  • (25:30) How long to wear them for.
  • (29:50) Menstrual cups.
  • (37:20) Menstrual discs.
  • (39:15) Menstrual sponges & reuseable tampons.
  • (41:25) How people are dying from embarrassment.
  • (43:30) Observing your period for changes regarding health.
  • (47:20) The sexualisation of women & period products.
  • (49:00) The SHAME.
  • (01:06:30) Free Bleeding.

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Bringing ‘Eco’ into the Event Industry - Megan Best, Native Events

Bringing ‘Eco’ into the Event Industry - Megan Best, Native Events

August 17, 2020

In episode 33 I chat to Megan from Native Events about, you guessed it, the events industry!

You can stay in the loop on their insta @nativeevents_ or Twitter @NativeEventsIE.

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  • (03:20) Introduction from Megan.
  • (06:50) What are the sustainability issues in the events industry?
  • (08:50) The solutions Native Events are practicing.
  • (13:25) The eco solution to toilets.
  • (16:00) Dealing with tents & sleeping bags left behind at festivals & Attention Attire.
  • (21:35) What we as festival goers can do to influence events to be greener.
  • (23:40) How Megan feels about the ongoing pandemic's effects.
  • (26:20) Megan's personal advice on living a more sustainable life.
  • (28:35) The process NE have when working with someone's event, big or small.

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Climate Change & Over Fishing in Coastal Communities - Ruth Leeney

Climate Change & Over Fishing in Coastal Communities - Ruth Leeney

August 3, 2020

Ruth Leeney is a conservationist, fellow activist with Extinction Rebellion, and vegan, working hard to preserve our under water world. We covered so much in this chat and still didn't get to talk about everything, so I know for sure, there'll be a second interview with Ruth sometime in the future! In the meantime, you can support Ruth's work through Women4Oceans on their website.

 

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We covered:

  • (05:40) Ruth's background and when she became eco consious.
  • (08:34) Scuda diving in U.K. Vs Australian waters.
  • (13:44) How the community Ruth works with in Mozambique are being affected by over fishing.
  • (17:40) How the locals have been impacted by Climate Change.
  • (23:44) What, if any work is being done by NGOs or governments to aid and educate in this crisis.
  • (28:40) What is Blue Justice? Read this link for more.
  • (32:35) How we in the first world countries can help.
  • (37:28) Why Ruth first became vegan and how she manages working in coastal fishery communities considering that.
  • (45:15) How to know if the fish you do buy is sustainably sourced.
  • (48:20) How to avoid trawled fish.
  • (49:40) Dynamite fishing.
  • (50:40) The plastic Ruth has seen on her dive adventures around the world.

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Upcycling Wetsuits & Re-imagining “Waste” - Lynn Haughton

Upcycling Wetsuits & Re-imagining “Waste” - Lynn Haughton

July 20, 2020

Episode 31 is with Lynn Haughton from The Upcycle Movement. The ability she has to re-imagine 'waste' and her drive for sharing the knowledge she's learned is nothing short of amazing! Make sure to follow her on instagram @the_upcycle_movement, Twitter @upcycle_ireland and Facebook.

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  • (04:20) The difference between UPcycling and REcycling.
  • (06:15) What inspired Lynn's eco journey & the start of The Upcycle Movement.
  • (13:40) Why wetsuits?
  • (19:35) How Lynn gets the wetsuits.
  • (21:40) The process from receiving the wetsuit to shipping out a new product.
  • (26:20) Seal Rescue Ireland.
  • (31:10) The strangest things Lynn has upcycled and other upcycling companies.
  • (36:15) Lynn's bird box family (the bird-box is called 'Wireless CCD Bird Box Camera Kit' from UK Wildlife Cameras.

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