Category «Sustainable Living»

Wild Food – Summer Fruits

by Sarah Valentim   “What will come from the briar but the berry?” says the old Irish proverb. Berry picking once played an important role in Ireland, back in the days when you couldn’t find pretty berries packed in a hygienic plastic box in Tesco. The tiny bilberry, or fraughan (from the Irish fraochán) played …

Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin (book review)

by Bronwyn Slater To quote Gandhi: “Civilization, in the real sense of the term, consists not in the multiplication, but in the deliberate and voluntary reduction of wants.  This alone promotes real happiness and contentment.”  This statement pretty much summarises what Duane Elgin’s book ‘Voluntary Simplicity’ is all about.  It essentially shows us how we …

Ethical Investments

by John McDonnell   Do you have some money to spare? Hoping to start some long term savings? You may be wondering if there’s any where better than a bank to place your hard-earned cash – especially if you want it to be invested ethically. In fact, you may even be wondering if any bank …

Green Gyms

Get fit and lose weight for free – no gym fees! Plus you get to go out in nature and help your local community as well.   by Bronwyn Slater Green Gyms are an initiative set up by a group called The Conservation Volunteers (a community volunteering charity) in the UK. There are now over …

Growing Green – with Iain Tolhurst

Bronwyn Slater reviews the second of 2 DVD’s by the Vegan Organic Network   Iain Tolhurst has been a certified organic grower for more than 30 years and is a pioneer in organic stockfree techniques.  The green manures which he uses are Lucerne and clovers.  The tap root of the Lucerne goes deep into the …

Growing Green: Grow your own fruit and veg

Bronwyn Slater looks at 2 DVDs in the ‘Growing Green’ series by the Vegan Organic Network   This is a very good 32 minute video presented by Graham Cole, head gardener at Holywell Gardens in Hampshire.  Stock free organic methods are used to grow all the produce there.  Stock free organic differs from mainstream organic …

What Happens to our Waste?

Bronwyn Slater looks at what happens to all our trash, and then outlines some of the  measures we can take to reduce or eliminate it.   Where does our waste go? Landfill: Each person in Europe currently produces about half a ton of household waste per year. Only 40% of this is reused or recycled …

Book Review: The Vegan Book of Permaculture

  Review by Bronwyn Slater Very few books have been written about Vegan Permaculture, so this book came as a welcome addition to an already sparse collection when it was published in 2014. The book’s author is Graham Burnett who runs vegan permaculture courses in the UK and elsewhere. His ‘Spiralseed‘ website is well worth …

Roundup: Why it should be banned

Herbalist Vivienne Campbell says Roundup is dangerous and she has set up a petition to have it banned here   I am a qualified herbalist and work all over Ireland teaching classes, doing identification and foraging walks and writing reports for people about the edible and therapeutic plants that grow on their land. An issue …

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 …