Category «Life Skills for Sustainability»

How to Reduce your Household Waste

by Bronwyn Slater   Food: Buy fruit and vegetables loose from your local farmers market, or sign up for a Veg Box scheme. Buy in bulk. Buy large packets of non perishables instead of small individual packs. Eat a healthy, wholefood, plant-based diet. Prepare and cook your own food. Avoid buying takeaway and ready-meals. Compost …

Edible and Medicinal Herbs

Discover the wide range of edible & medicinal herbs growing all around you.   by Vivienne Campbell The fields, woods, hedgerows and gardens are bursting with plants that are edible and medicinal. Starting to notice these wild herbs growing around you can really enrich your life, and if you’re confident at correctly identifying these plants …

Energy Conservation

James O’Donovan looks at ways we could reduce our energy consumption at home, at work and in our lifestyle   The Irish per capita energy use in kiloWatt hours per person per day (kWh/p/d) comes to: 34 (electricity) + 26 (transport) + 30 (heating) + 4 (flights) = 94 kWh/p/d (This excludes the energy embedded …

Sustainable Christmas Gifts

Steer clear of the high street this Christmas by making your own gifts or giving people an alternative or sustainable gift.  Here are just a few ideas..   Food Do you enjoy cooking or baking?  Friends and family will really appreciate your gifts of home made food such as Christmas cakes, puddings, cookies, truffles, mulled …