Category «Sustainable Living»

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 …

My Veganic Gardening

by Kristen Butler So, I know its winter, not the foremost time to be thinking about gardening—but a good time to start thinking about hauling that seaweed to compost it in preparation for your spring garden beds! Last year I moved to a caravan site and there is unused land to the back and the …

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 …

Living Off Your Own Garden For Beginners

There is a huge growing trend in people wanting to become more self-sufficient, where living off your own garden can provide enormous health and environmental benefits. The following is a beginner’s guide, with information on how to get started, and a few tips and tricks to make growing your own food easy!   Deciding Where …

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 …