Book of Leaves
Why we are Sick of Plastic! - Claudia Tormey, Friends of the Earth

Why we are Sick of Plastic! - Claudia Tormey, Friends of the Earth

August 19, 2019

Episode 10 is here already! This one specifically looks at plastic and I talk to Claudia Tormey about it. Claudia works for Friends of the Earth and runs their #SickOfPlastic campaign. Have a listen to learn about:

  • How and why Claudia came to work for FOE.
  • Who are Friends of the Earth & what do they do?
  • Why plastic is such a problem.
  • Fracking & drilling for oils in Ireland.
  • The LNG terminals (take action here!).
  • How to Shop and Drop.
  • What's been happening to our waste.
  • Advice on how keep it together as an environmental activist.

Take action by signing their Sick of Plastic campaign petition here!

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The Solution to Plastic Toys & “Toy Miles” - Sharon, Jiminy

The Solution to Plastic Toys & “Toy Miles” - Sharon, Jiminy

August 4, 2019

It's time to awaken our inner child with Sharon from Jiminy! This woman is an inspiration for anyone who wants to just do something for the planet from micro activism to evoking huge changes within corporations.

We chatted about:

  • Sharon’s background before Jiminy.
  • What’s the exact problem with toys?
  • The challenges Sharon faced of finding eco friendly toys.
  • What are Toy Miles?
  • The criteria products must fill before Sharon orders them.
  • How she encourages her suppliers to do plastic free shipping.
  • Borrow kits, how they work and how you can help!
  • Personal advice from Sharon as to how we can help the planet.

 

Sharon's Eco Influences:

 

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You can also find Jiminy's list of Stockists across Ireland on their website here.

If you want to get in touch with Sharon, be it as an eco toy producer, potential stockist or to offer a party kit, her e-mail is hello@jiminy.ie or contact here via the Jiminy Website. Don't forget to follow Jiminy on Instagram and Facebook too! 

 

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Ceara X

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A Minimal Waste Lifestyle from Kids to Corporate, Reuzi - Pat Kane

A Minimal Waste Lifestyle from Kids to Corporate, Reuzi - Pat Kane

July 22, 2019

I had the absolute pleasure of chatting to Pat Kane, the force behind Reuzi. She is doing great work for the planet from providing sustainable products to educational services in schools and businesses on the why's and how's of living a greener lifestyle.

In this episode, we touch on:

  • Pat's childhood in Brazil.
  • How Reuzi came about.
  • How sourcing and shipping products work.
  • The corporate talks, home visits and parties she hosts.
  • Eco bricks, how to make them.
  • Producing minimal waste with babies (nappies and wipes!).
  • Making your own cleaning products.
  • Advice for starting out on your own minimal waste journey
  • The future of Reuzi!

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Keep up to date with Pat and Reuzi on Instagram (@reuzi.e), Facebook and Twitter!

 

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Ceara X

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The Basics of a Vegan Diet from Fitness to Family - Dr. Ailis Brosnan

The Basics of a Vegan Diet from Fitness to Family - Dr. Ailis Brosnan

July 8, 2019

Episode 7 was recorded a few months ago with Dr. Ailis Brosnan, I've just been waiting for the right time to release it!

We chat about:

  • The basic food intake and tips she suggests for eating a plant based diet.
  • Her diet in regards to her active lifestyle.
  • A brief look into raising vegan children.
  • What services she offers for people wanting to improve their health or physique or transition to a plant-based diet.
  • The road she followed to working in her field of health psychology and sports and also transitioning to vegan diet.
  • Her Mizen Head to Malin Head journey, find out how she got on here!

Check out Dr. Brosnan's website here where you can find access to her online coaching and services.

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Researching Sustainable Eating - Simone Tiso

Researching Sustainable Eating - Simone Tiso

July 8, 2019

In episode 6 we talk to Simone Tiso, a multi-talented human, who takes the time to share some of the research he's built up over the years on sustainable eating.

We cover:

  • Simone's background in Italy.
  • How he came to live in Ireland.
  • The differences he noticed in sustainability between here and Italy.
  • What The Lead Forge is and why he set it up.
  • How relying on dairy and beef in Ireland is affecting us.
  • A brief look at Factory Farming in Ireland.
  • The Almond tree problem in California.
  • How Positively Eventful came about.
  • Basic tips for becoming or eating vegan.

Resources mentioned in the episode:

IPCC Intergovernmental Governmental Panel on Climate Change Report

World Watch report on Livestock and Climate Change (On the Longshadow of Livestock report by the UN FAO)

 

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Tackling Plastic on our Canals & Beaches with Clean Coasts - Richard Curtin

Tackling Plastic on our Canals & Beaches with Clean Coasts - Richard Curtin

June 16, 2019

"The thing about plastics, they don't break down, they break up."

Episode 5 is all about the plastic pollution invading our coastlines and how it's getting there. We talk to Richard from Clean Coasts to learn how to deal with it!

In this episode, we cover:

  • Who Clean Coasts are and what they do.
  • How Richard came to work for Clean Coasts.
  • Where the litter on our coastlines is coming from.
  • The effect on deep sea creatures. 
  • What we as individuals can do to stop this plastic invasion.
  • Think Before You Flush, 2 Minute Beach Clean and Beat the Microbeads campaigns.
  • The EU's plan to ban single use plastics.

Interested in volunteering with Clean Coasts? You can get in touch with them here.

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-Ceara

Carbon Free Books, Supporting Charities & Social Change – Rónán Ó’Dálaigh

Carbon Free Books, Supporting Charities & Social Change – Rónán Ó’Dálaigh

June 3, 2019

In this episode I interview entrepreneur Rónán Ó'Dálaigh. You'll soon hear Rónán is a man of many ideas regarding social change. He has been involved with several initiatives and business thus far such as SEDcoImpact Events and the star of the show: Thriftify, a one stop online shop for second books in charity shops nationwide. In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Rónán realised he had an interest in entrepreneurship and positive social change from a young age.
  • Advice for entrepreneurs starting out.
  • His background in big corporations.
  • Why SEDco started and what they aim to achieve.
  • What Thriftify is and how it works.

If you'd like to get in touch with Rónán, you can e-mail him at info@thriftify.ie or visit their website www.thriftify.ie.

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-Ceara
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Running a Zero Waste, Local Goods Shop - Peadar Rice

Running a Zero Waste, Local Goods Shop - Peadar Rice

May 20, 2019

In this episode, we interview Peadar, the man behind Small Changes, a zero waste shop now in Drumcondra, Dublin where you can get all sorts of refills and organic, local products. We talk about:

  • Peadar's background leading up to opening Small Changes in Gorey, then Drumcondra.
  • The research and criteria products undergo before they reach the shelf.
  • Where their fruit and vegetables come from.
  • Getting involved with community gardens.
  • Convincing suppliers to go plastic free.
  • The ripple effect of making small changes and grassroot movements.
  • Advice for people looking to live more sustainably.
  • The future of Small Changes.

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If you're interested in collaborating with Small Changes, you can e-mail Peadar at peadar@smallchanges.ie

Before May 24th 2019, Irish Citizens should check out this link by Stop Climate Chaos to make sure their TDs are considering the Climate.

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Sustainable Fashion, Politics & Personal Choices with Aoibhéann McCann

Sustainable Fashion, Politics & Personal Choices with Aoibhéann McCann

May 6, 2019

"When you know, you can't unknow."

In this episode with Aoibhéann, we cover:

  • What inspired her to live sustainably.
  • What's happening (or not happening) with Irish politics in regards to the planet and how we can effect change in our government.
  • Mary Robinson.
  • Personal choices we can make to help the environment.

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Follow Aoibhéann on Instagram: @aoibheannmccann

 

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Replacing Leather and Plastic with Cork - Vasco Carto

Replacing Leather and Plastic with Cork - Vasco Carto

April 22, 2019

In this episode we meet Vasco Carto, the man behind Cork Crafts.

We'll be covering:

  • Vasco's background, from Portugal to County Cork.
  • How cork products are made, from tree to shelf.
  • How cork compares to leather.
  • The unsustainable side of the cork industry: illegal labour and cheap production
  • How to diffrenciate between 'counterfeit' cork and legitimate, sustainable cork.

Follow him on Instagram and Facebook to keep an eye out for his upcoming markets. And let us know if you have any feedback!

Ceara x