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Ep 41. Kentucky to Mayo, Pax Eco Store – McKinley

For episode 41 I chatted to McKinley, a co-founder of Pax Wholefoods & Eco Goods store in Westport, County Mayo. We cover her journey from Kentucky to Tequila to cloth nappies, all will be explained in the chat... Today, the 7th of December 2020, is also Pax's second birthday! So join me in wishing them all the best and here's to many more!

  • [04:25] Growing up in Kentucky.
  • [11:45] Coming to Ireland.
  • [14:05] Meeting Kirstin, the co-founder of Pax.
  • [15:25] Setting up a business from scratch as the first local eco store.
  • [18:55] Dublin vs Countryside in eco-consciousness.
  • [21:45] How the pandemic affected business.
  • [26:05] Tips for an eco Christmas this 2020!
  • [29:55] McKinley's experience with cloth nappies (her kids that is, not herself...lol...).
  • [32:25] The Edible Landscape Project.
  • [35:35] How McKinley deals with eco anxiety (and the recent USA election anxiety!).
  • [38:35] 2nd birthday plans?
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Ep 35. Opening a Vegan Café & Zero Waste Shop in Dublin – Sebastian, The Carrot’s Tail

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.

Don't forget to give them a follow on Instagram @thecarrotstail or Facebook!

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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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Ep 34. Periods: Pads, Cups & Shame – Augustina

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 or Facebook to keep up to date with Augustina!

We cover:

  • (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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Ep 33. Bringing Eco into the Event Industry – Megan Best, Native Events

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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.

  • (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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Ep 31. Upcycling Wetsuits & Re-imagining Waste – Lynn Haughton

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, Twitter and Facebook.

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  • (04:20) The difference between UPcycling and REcycling. You can read more on Lynn's blog here.
  • (06:15) What inspired Lynn's eco journey & the start of The Upcycle Movement.
  • (13:40) Why wetsuits? Read more on that & their environmental impacts here.
  • (19:35) How Lynn gets the wetsuits.
  • (21:40) The process from receiving the wetsuit to shipping out a new product.
  • (26:20) Involvement with 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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Ep 30. The Impact of a Toothbrush – Joe & Niamh, Bambooth

It's finally time to talk toothbrushes! In this episode I chat to Joe & Niamh about what inspired them to set up Bambooth, an Irish bamboo toothbrush company. This episode links in perfectly with Plastic Free July, you can sign up to that here if you haven't already!

  • (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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Ep 26. Saving Clothes from Landfill – Fiona Lily

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!

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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Ep 24. Toilet Paper vs The Bidet

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While toilet paper has been disappearing off the shelves, a lot of people have made the plunge to switch to a paperless toilet routine by opting for a bidet instead. So I thought I'd research the differences between the two with the environment in mind (but I also touch on money, health & cleanliness!). So listen in, or watch on YouTube, to find out how much of an impact your carbon buttprint is having...eh..eh?

  • [03:35] Definition & History of the Bidet.
  • [07:15 ] Our use of toilet paper.
  • [13:17] Pros & cons of toilet paper.
  • [17:35] Water Usage. (Watch this Netflix documentary on the Earth's water supply here.)
  • [21:17] Pros & cons of the bidet.
  • [27:19] Types of bidets.
  • [31:24 ] Flushable Wipes.
  • [32:45] Vascó's & Cecilia's personal bidet stories.
  • [37:00] How much resources an Irish person could save switching to a bidet considering we use on average 10.5kg per capita a year.
  • [38:20] Eco toilet paper options.

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Ep 20. Sustainable Resolutions

Happy New Year guys. I know it doesn't feel like it for a lot of people, especially due to the ongoing fires in Australia. Personally, I find it so hard to not be overwhelmed when such disasters happen but the only thing I can do that alleviates this dread in me is knowing there is still life right now therefore there is still hope and I must do what I can.

In this (delightfully short) episode I suggest 6 resolutions you can take your pick of for 2020, or adopt them whenever you like if that's your jam! I also give a quick summary and shout out to all the guests I've had in 2019 and of course to you guys, the listeners. Thank you all so much.

I'll be back in 2020 at some point with more inspiring and educational interviews.

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Ep 19. Simple No Waste Life – Timi Nicholson

Episode 20 is a casual chat with Timi Nicholson, one of the early members of the inspirational Zero Waste Ireland Facebook Group and host of the day to day sustainable blog, Simple No Waste Life. In this episode we chat about:

  • A bit about who Timi is and how she fell into the sustainable way of living.
  • Home hacks - going without or making your own.
  • How Simple No Waste Life came about.
  • How Timi found the transition to cloth nappies (with the help of Cloth Nappy Library Ireland).
  • Sustainability in Hungary.
  • Climate Anxiety.

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