Photo: Alan Betson
Hello to all the new subscribers to the blog, particularly Fathers given the day that’s in it. You’re most welcome. I hope you find it an useful and enjoyable way to find out how to live more sustainably in Ireland. I publish a blog post every two weeks at the moment but I post daily to my Facebook Page and Instagram Account so follow me there if you’d like more regular updates. I’ve also a few audio versions of the most recent blog posts on Soundcloud for those that prefer to listen rather then read.
Unlike most bloggers I don’t take payments or gifts from companies. I think it affects the objectivity of the blogger and leads to biased posts, which really are no use to you. I also think that accepting payments from manufacturers or retailers would fly in the face of the low-consumption way of living that I advocate. So I pretty much write the blog and give talks for free as my way of giving back and to help safeguard my kids future on this planet, which to be honest isn’t looking too good but that’s a conversation for another day. Some of my followers are good enough to support me financially on this journey either with a monthly donation via Patreon or with a once off donation.
Seeing as we’ve loads of newbies to the blog I’ve decided to post a sort of index linking to posts that I think will be most useful to someone starting out on their journey to sustainable living. I update posts as regularly as time allows, so if you think I’ve missed something or have incorrect information please get in touch by email (see About Me page) or write a comment below.
And I’m proof that small changes do make a difference. Our bin charges are a third of families with a similar set up, and this is just one of the sustainable choices that help us to €2500 – €3000 per annum. Our carbon footprint is also 88% of the UK target and we use 20% less resources than the earth can replenish every year, i.e. if everyone lived like us human life on this planet wouldn’t be in the danger it currently is. And we do all this while driving a car, eating some meat and without living a life of penury. Here’s how ….
- Six Weeks to Zero Waste
- What to recycle / donate where
- Map of Eco Businesses in Ireland
- Sustainable E-tailers
- Why Recycling isn’t the Answer
- Abandoning Perfection
- Food Waste
- My Ethical Sustainable Grocery Shopping List
- Savvy Sustainability
- Rehoming Stuff Online
- Friction and the Waste Culture
- Easy Free Steps to Sustainability
- Why I don’t like Biodegradable or Compostable Plastic
- Sustainable Shopping – An Oxymoron?
- Raising Zero Waste Kids
- Eco Folklore, Greenwashing and Misunderstandings
- Easy Sustainable Switches
- Sustainable Living is Not an Either Or Game
- How to Avoid Buying Stuff
- Sustainable Summer
- Shampoo Bars – the verdict
- Easy Peasy Liquid Soap
- Soapnuts – the verdict
- Zero Waste Washing Up
- Sustainable Ethical Cleaning
- Zero Waste Food – Shopping, Preparing and Eating
- Choosing a Reusable Coffee Cup
- Better Barbeques
- Sustainable Ethical Fibres and Fabrics
So now you’re Sunday reading is sorted, off you go. Get yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee or whatever your preferred poison is and take the first step on your journey. And do me, and your kids or grandkids a favour, share this blog with anyone else that you think would benefit from it.