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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.
The Impact of a Toothbrush - Joe & Niamh, Bambooth

The Impact of a Toothbrush - Joe & Niamh, Bambooth

July 6, 2020

It's finally time to talk toothbrushes! In this episode, as part of Plastic Free July, I chat to Joe & Niamh about what inspired them to set up Bambooth, an Irish bamboo toothbrush company. "Every year, 3.5 billion toothbrushes are used, at least. And every toothbrush that's ever been used, still exists today."

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We cover: 

  • (06:15) An introduction to Niamh & Joe.
  • (10:00) What is was like becoming entrepreneurs all of a sudden.
  • (11:40) How toothbrushes have been bad for the planet.
  • (12:50) The moso bamboo that's used.
  • (14:05) The nylon bristles & how to recycle them.
  • (19:10) How often you should be changing your toothbrush!
  • (20:05) Why the toothbrushes are colourful!
  • (24:00) How hard it is to get stock into bigger shops & chain supermarkets.
  • (27:20) How they find the time and energy to run Bambooth with their other jobs & courses.
  • (30:10) What Joe & Niamh do outside of Bambooth to live more eco friendly.

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Food Security in Ireland - Aisling Wheeler

Food Security in Ireland - Aisling Wheeler

June 22, 2020

Despite what we hear about Ireland doing well in terms of food security, it's far more treacherous than we think. Aisling Wheeler talks me through the problems Ireland faces, how it all changed and what we can do to make it better.

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  • (05:35) The definitions of food security & food sovereignty, and how we fare in Ireland in regards to that.
  • (10:35) Organic farming in Ireland.
  • (11:45) The knock-on effects of relying on imported goods.
  • (15:45) What changed in recent decades to make our food system insecure.
  • (18:30) What has been done, if anything, in policy or government to help with food security.
  • (22:20) Soil health in Ireland - fertility and drainage.
  • (28:30) The difference between monoculture & permaculture.
  • (32:45) Growing your own food at home, encouraging farmers to diversify & CSA.
  • (37:35) Buying food in season & our relationship with food.

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Ceara X

We’re going to the Supreme Court! - Climate Case Ireland

We’re going to the Supreme Court! - Climate Case Ireland

June 8, 2020

In this episode I chat to Edwin Alblas on behalf of Climate Case Ireland about their upcoming case in the Supreme Court on the 22nd of June. Don't forget to sign their petition: https://www.climatecaseireland.ie/become-a-supporter/#in-my-name

Check out www.bookofleavespodcast.com for more links. If you can, please support this podcast on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/bookofleaves). Ceara x

  • (04:45) An introduction of Edwin.
  • (08:30) Who Friends of the Irish Environment are.
  • (10:20) What the Climate Case is about.
  • (14:05) How the previous hearings went.
  • (18:20) Examples of other success stories around climate change cases (Urgenda Case).
  • (23:15) The financial cost of Ireland not meeting EU targets.
  • (25:55) How FIE are raising funds to do this case. (Donate here
  • (27:55) What happens if we lose the case.
  • (32:50) How Edwin deals with constant knockbacks, being an activist.
  • (38:00) Why FIE also hold talks and workshops.
  • (43:00) The positive results for tackling climate change.

Also Mentioned:

Ireland's Mitigation plan.
The Fumbally Stables.
Jenny McNally (McNally Family Farm Dublin).

Creating an A.r.k. for Nature - Mary Reynolds

Creating an A.r.k. for Nature - Mary Reynolds

May 25, 2020

Episode 27 is with Mary Reynolds who chats about We Are the Ark, an initiative to encourage people to give back some land to nature.

Check out their website (www.wearetheark.org) and join the Facebook group for more information and support!

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Notes:

  • (04:50) What inspired We Are The Ark.
  • (08:05) Where the name came from.
  • (09:00) The importance of putting a sign on your ark.
  • (11:25) How much land is 'enough' for an ark.
  • (13:30) What it means to be a guardian of the earth as opposed to gardener.
  • (16:00) Is an ark compatible with pets and children?
  • (19:00) Getting an ark started.
  • (22:40) Giving sovereignty back to the land.
  • (25:00) Growing food in a wild garden.  Learn more about forest gardening here!
  • (30:35) Restoring your land to what it was before.
  • (34:20) How to go about turning public or government land into arks.
  • (36:30) How we can make sure our artificial outside lights stop damaging wildlife.
  • (38:45) Closing thoughts from Mary.
  • (43:20) What we need going forward to get systematic change.

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Saving Clothes from Landfill - Fiona Lily

Saving Clothes from Landfill - Fiona Lily

May 11, 2020

For episode 26, I chat to Fiona from All Things Fiona Lily about re-imagining clothes destined for landfill and setting up her own zero waste coffee shop in Donegal.

Follow Fiona on instagram @allthingsfionalily to keep up to date with orders and get some positive content in your feed!

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We chat about:

  • [4:43] When Fiona became more eco-aware.
  • [07:55] The journey from working in fast to slow fashion.
  • [10:20] How much unsold clothes are sent to landfill.
  • [11:30] How Fiona finds her stock.
  • [16:05] How the 'faulty' jumpers are repaired.
  • [16:55] The conflicting worry that stock might dry up.
  • [18:30] Where the positive designs come from.
  • [21:00] The setting up of her café Simply Green.
  • [33:30] Quick guide to washing clothes with polyester in them.

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