Posts Tagged ‘Green living’

The ecovillage

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
The Cloughjordan Ecovillage is an ecological village that brings together a diverse group of people creating an innovative new community in Tipperary. It includes 67-acre site with beautiful and fertile land where people from the town grow their own food, and plants and trees to promote biodiversity.
The ecovillage includes:
More than 50 low energy homes and work units so far
A solar- and wood-powered community heating system
50 acres of land for allotments, farming and woodland
A green enterprise centre and hi-spec broadband
An eco-hostel for visitors
A nearby train station and community farm

If you would like to experience the village for a weekend you only need to book in their hostal!

Recetas Urbanas

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I found this website on line and I have to say I am soooooooooooo impressed. Recetas Urbanas is a web site where you can see several projects that are being done around cities to make a better use of disused space.

For example I really like this project done in Sevilla. In the middle of the city of the Sevilla there was a building that needed to be demolished due to the fact that it was very old and dangerous for people passing by. The city council demolished it and then they put a wall around the area.

In situations like this plots around cities can be vacated for many years before something is decided on the future of the plot. In this web site they explain how this spaces could be used. People involved in the project demolished the existing wall, emptied the plot and placed temporary urban furniture. All this makes the space functional and usable for everybody!

It is interesting how in this project they used temporary objects such as  beacons filled with cement to secure pieces of galvanized steel used to make games and benches (finished off with train rail rafters cut longitudinally by Uncle Nonio). Together, these items ensure temporary character!

 

Green Coffins

Friday, July 20th, 2012

I know that Coffins are not things that you like to think about.  But let’s face it, we all are going to need to deal with them at some point of our lives!

I found this really interesting web site in Ireland called Green coffins

This web site is offering a range of eco friendly coffins and urns in Ireland and Northern Ireland. I do not see why you should not try to be a bit more greener once you die if you have been trying to be eco friendly all your life!

This company is in the process of opening Natural Burial Grounds in different locations in Ireland.

These will be grounds where the graves will be surrounded by nature and wildlife. The burial grounds will be sacred and will be natural places where people of all faiths and those without any religion will find a beautiful resting place.

 

Olipot

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

As a good Mediterranean I like to cook with olive oil instead of butter or other animal fat. I always try to use as little as possible since even if it is vegetable oil I do not like greasy food. However, there is always left over oil!

Putting the left over of the oil down your sink is not good. One litre of oil can damage a thousand litres of water since oil can not be dissolved in water. Oil stains on the surface of water can reduce the oxygenation of water and hence difficult the respiration of fish and plants.  What is the solution? to treat the residual waters. However, oil is actually interfering with a lot of the deputation machines so it is much better to collect the oil individually and treat it before it gets into the water.

This is how the oilpot was born! In Barcelona they started last year to distribute to the households this pot (the olipot) that you can put your left over oil and then bring it to the local recycling facility for them to look after it. I think it is a brilliant idea!

 

 

Ecoball

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Did you ever hear of Eco-Balls? They are these balls that are normally kept in circular containers that you place inside of your washing machine. They are chemical-free, residue-free, 100% hypollergenic and anti-bacterial. They are the natural alternative to conventional washing powders!

What do they do? they produce ionised oxygen to penetrate powerfully into fibres, lifting always dirt without fading colours or damaging delicate fabrics. This means that you do not need to put cleaning powder in your washing machine. Only by placing these balls in the circular containers there is enough to clean your clothes!

Eco-Balls not only save on heavy shopping loads, they are reusable for over 1,000 washes and cost normally only around 3p per wash.

I have tried them and they are wonderful! so please embrace the green future and buy them!

You can buy them in many supermarkets or in amazon

Allotments

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

I am not sure if you all know what Allotments are. Since I am not a native English speaker the first time I heard the word I had to ask ” allot what?”

Allotments are a small area of land, let out at a nominal yearly rent by local government or independent allotment associations, for individuals to grow their own food. It is a wonderful idea for people with small gardens that are itching for some space to have their vegetable garden. I know my friend Jen has one and she really makes a good use of it!

If you are interest on it you should check the Irish website allotments where you find information where you can find allotments and other important information such as:

  • How to put the squeeze on local authorities to make allotments available.
  • How to begin on a blank canvas.
  • How to sow and plant.
  • Looking after your crop.
  • Pest and disease control.
  • Organic practices.
  • Harvesting.
  • How to use your harvest in the kitchen.

Green clothes

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

A while back I came a cross in the Irish Times the shop Fluorescent Elephant. As soon as I read about it I thought it was very interesting.

In this shop they sell vintage clothes that they purchase around Europe. Do not be put off by this because they really have truly unique things that look contemporary and unique!

I know these type of stores are more common in places like States. My friend Alisha always missed them here in Europe. So please give it a chance! Plus this is a company of conscience. They advocate sustainability and encourage reduction in the purchase of highly disposable clothing in favour of distinguished pieces that just keep giving!

The best of all they do not only have an online presence! so you can try and touch all their items!

Their shop is located in Unit 9 Sprangers Yard, Crow Street in Temple Bar.

 

Compost Bags

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

I think sometimes is difficult to try to recycle if you live in a small apartment like us. It took me a while to develop a system for recycling. We know have 4 small bins. One for general waste, another one for glass and cans, another one for plastic and another one for paper. I was happy with the system since trying to fit 4 bins was challenging enough in such a small environment.  My husband said it was not good enough. “What about the organic? ” he kept asking. Well how does he wants us to do organic we do not have a garden!

So then some body told me about compostable bags. They are biodegradable, I think they are made from some potato ingredient! they are easy to find. They even do them in Lidl. Anyway, what we now do is to fill all the organic waste inside of one of these bags.  At the weekend when we go to my in laws for a visit we deposit it in their compost bin. So now we are all happy and recycling everything we can!!!

 

Environment Furniture

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

At Environment Furniture you can find furniture that is made from reclaimed, recycled, and sustainable hardware wood.

They have a store in Dublin at the Customs House Quay in the IFI!

Here you can see some of their products!

 

Energy saving tips

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

I found this brilliant tips for home energy savings in the  A rated home website. I will try to do my best to follow them!

  • Turn down thermostats (20 degrees is regarded as comfortable – 18 in bedrooms)
  • Use timers for hot water and space heating to fit in with your requirements
  • Switch off lights and appliances when not in use (don’t leave on Standby!)
  • Shower rather than bathe
  • Use lined curtains or blinds and close them at night
  • Put reflective foil behind radiators
  • Position fridges and freezers in a cool place away from direct sunlight and heat
  • Always wash full loads in your washing machine & dishwasher and set at the lowest possible temperature
  • Maintain your heating & hot water boiler to improve efficiency
  • Insulate your hot water cylinder
  • Draught seal doors, windows and other gaps
  • Replace ordinary light bulbs with with energy saving CFLs
  • Upgrade the insulation in your attic and walls
  • Upgrade central & water heating boilers and controls
  • Turn off heating in the parts of the house not used and close that area off
  • Buy energy efficient appliances – “A Rated” where possible
  • Install renewable energy systems such as solar hot water, wood pellet boilers etc
  • Fix leaking taps (especially hot water taps!)
  • Recycle where possible to reduce harmful impacts on the environment
  • Reduce your use of the car and the next time you change look for the most fuel efficient engine