Updated: Jan 27
So this is our first newsletter/post!
We will cover some of the best green stories of the week and give practical tips on what you can do to help. This week we look at the Circular economy, a new climate related podcast and it’s Biodiversity week here in Ireland.
So this week Nike launched their guide to #circularity and designing for the circular economy It’s all about how fashion designers can look at incorporating recycled material into their new products and the whole life cycle of the product from beginning to end. They suggest ways of minimising the use of harmful chemicals and how to look at the product from a recycling point of view to make it easier to separate the component parts to be used again. It’s a great guide for anyone starting out on their product journey. A great example here in Ireland is Mamukko who make beautiful bags out of old sail cloth and in the UK, check out Weavergreen who sell some of their rugs and throws made out of plastic bottles through Naomi at Nanarobin Designs.
A new podcast we have started to listen to is called CimateQueens. Katie and Clodagh are on a mission to raise awareness around the impacts of climate change and their podcast series looks at the effects the changing climate is having on our community, both on a global and local level. This fun, friendly and informative podcast series hopes to inspire listeners to take positive action. Throughout each episode, the Climate Queens will be exploring the vast subject of climate change in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13 ‘ climate action’. The 1st episode focused on the impacts that fast fashion is having on our environment. Check them out on spotify.
This week (May 18-26th) is National Biodiversity week. The Irish Environmental Network has plenty of events lined up to inspire us into action, check out their facebook page for more info. Approximately three quarters of our Irish plants rely on insect pollination and an estimated €53million worth of Irish crops are pollinated by insects. Due to intensive farming practices and the overuse of fertilisers and pesticides, our insect population has declined. It is estimated that by 2030 30% of our Irish bee population could be extinct. Check out the All Ireland Pollinator plan to see what you can do to help.