The Great Bulb Exchange

The Great Bulb Exchange


The Great Bulb exchange

There is nothing like a free giveaway and to be fair it’s not often that happens, well not here in Ireland anyway. This doesn’t even have a catch! Weee Ireland are offering everyone in Ireland flowering bulbs for their garden in exchange for their old CFL lightbulbs. It’s a simple as that. Free bulbs and your old lightbulbs will be recycled. Go online to www.weeeireland/bulbexchange and find your nearest participating retailer.

The Great Bulb exchange

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Water-Saving Bucket Challenge

DIY Water-Saving System

Low-Tech Water-Saving Device

 This is not the most glamorous bathroom accessory but water-saving isn’t in the glamour business. Buckets of any colour are generally (and if I’m wrong please correct me) functional and this orange plastic bucket is no exception. With that in mind I thought I would try a more hands-on approach to conserving water. Myself and this bucket enjoyed a hot solar-powered shower together this morning. A 10 litre orange bucket is generally not my first choice of shower companion but since water charges have been introduced here in Ireland and our 3bar water pump installed, I haven’t really been able to enjoy a shower the way I could in years gone by. The guilt of watching that precious resource run down the plug hole detracts from the overall experience. The solar panels now heat the water which has helped ease the burden of guilt I feel somewhat……but it’s not enough. While the hot water travels through the pipes to my shower, a good 5 litres of cold water is wasted. Well not any more. Today I simply placed a bucket under the flow of water and by the time the temperature was ready for me, I had half a bucket of water. When I got into the shower I moved the bucket to the side and it collected the water that missed me.

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Sustainable Resolutions

I love this post from http://mymakedoandmendyear.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/sustainable-resolutions/ and it needs to be shared. Happy New Year everyone.

My Make Do and Mend Year

New Year’s Eve, and even before the old year is officially over, thoughts are turning to the shiny new year, and all our hopes and aspirations for 2015.

If you are wanting to try and make your life more sustainable, dare I say it, ‘greener’, then here are some suggestions of do-able resolutions, and awesome blogs/websites to follow to help you along the way.

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Zero Waste
OK, so maybe actual proper Zero Waste is a pretty huge goal to aim for. I’m not suggesting that you resolve to go Zero Waste on 1st Jan, or even that you attain it by this time next year. But you can make a start. You can always make a start. And then do just one more thing.
Slimming your bin is a brilliant way to lighten the impact of your lifestyle on the planet. And as with many of these things, you will…

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Recycle your old bras! (And socks and knickers while you are at it.)

I’m the worst in the world for hanging onto old clothes and underwear. Before I move back into my newly renovated house I need to get to grips again with my ongoing recycling issues. Collections of odd socks are my speciality so great to hear that the charity Uplift likes to find new homes for these too. Thanks to the blog Oz Fair trade for this article.

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Oz Fair Trade

We women naturally go through life with many bras. Sometimes old favourites become unsuitable as our bodies change. What to do with the old bras that are still pretty good? Surely they don’t deserve to be buried yet? I had the same question a while ago, and found Uplift Project, a global charity that collects old bras, swimmers, new underpants and fabric nappies from people like you and me, and sends them off to disadvantaged communities around the world, including indigenous communities in Australia.

Often the bra received through Uplift will be the only bra that woman owns.

Donating a bra is easy. There is a list of drop off points on their website, which could be a business address or a private residency.

On top of handout bras to much needed communities, Uplift also runs other initiatives as they see fit for the organisations they work with. For…

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