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Sustaining success in business: Environmentally sound companies helping save the planet

Helen O’Callaghan talks to three Cork business owners who are thriving with used goods.

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My Job: Green agenda at core of business thinking

ENTERPRISE Ireland’s Green Programme is designed to assist companies to incorporate sustainable practices into the day-to-day running of their business.

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Volts-wagen: When the 'people’s car' goes electric, you know it’s time to get plugged in

For the longest time, electric vehicles seemed destined to remain a minority sport. Lightning-fast playthings of the rich and famous – or quirky garage projects of wide-eyed scientists. But in the last year or two all of that’s changed.

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Stylish salvage: Make your home street smart with reclaimed and recycled materials

Irish Examiner Sustainability Month special: Aileen Lee profiles Laury Poisson of Home Street Home

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Irish Examiner Sustainability Month special: Are retailers meeting customer expectations for sustainable products?

As we become more environmentally conscious, retailers are appearing to make greater strides towards meeting customer expectations for sustainable products, while offering value for money, writes Carol O’Callaghan.

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Time for a red revolution: Breaking the cycle of unsustainable feminine hygiene products

Women are breaking the old ‘taboo’ to talk about period waste and campaign for sustainable feminine hygiene options, writes Ellie O'Byrne.

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BMW's drive and range shows why they are leading the charge toward electric driving

When BMW launched their first electric car in 2014, the BMW i3 captivated critics but divided public opinion with its quirky exterior and unlikely BMW design. What caught critics attention was not how it looked, but what it represented.

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Appliance of Science: How do we achieve a sustainable future?

Climate change, biodiversity, and sustainability are all words that appear in daily news reports, and with good reason. We have all been informed, from various sources, that our current way of life, on a global scale, is unsustainable and the time-lines presented to us for action are quite alarming, write Dr Naomi Lavelle

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Opening Lines: We’ll do an eco-brick tapestry about love and hugs

Colm O'Regan shares his therapy against the relentless bad eco-news

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The only good cure for eco-anxiety is action

Eco-anxiety is a First-World problem. Literally, writes Suzanne Harrington

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Peter Dowdall: What we can do every day to improve the planet

Ahead of the Irish Examiner sustainability event in the Glucksman on May 28, award-winning gardener Peter Dowdall explains why green really is an everyday colour

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Meet the man on a mission to save a little-known river in Cork City

Chris Moody, the first person to film otters on the River Bride in Cork City, argues that we should be protecting the biodiversity of urban waterways, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland answers the great big green energy questions

Kya deLongchamps asks the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to address five key issues on home upgrades

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Curds and whey: Art of making sustainable cheese

Rather than flying in cheese from abroad, a couple with a passion for local produce opted instead for a spot of import substitution at their Co Cork dairy, writes Roz Crowley.

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Dithering while the world burns

Ireland was the subject of global headlines last week after a climate emergency was declared. Let’s hope we follow through this time, writes Caroline O’Doherty.

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How employers can help to save our hard-working bees

Ireland’s threatened bee species can benefit from businesses large and small signing up for the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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What are Irish festivals doing to be eco-conscious?

As we dust off our gladrags for the summer’s festival calendar, Ellie O’Byrne asks what Irish music festivals are doing to go green this year.

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Get your tickets for the Irish Examiner's 'Green is an everyday colour' event

Green is an everyday colour - Join us and our panelists, Irish Examiner gardening columnist Peter Dowdall, James Kavanagh and William Murray of Currabinny, and Juanita Browne of the National Biodiversity Centre at The Glucksman Gallery on May 28 for an evening of discussion on how the green agenda and sustainability play a role in all areas of life.

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Wish List: Sustainability Month special - How going green can still be stylish

From taking care of our bee population to clothing with a conscience and recycled storage options, going green can still be stylish, says Esther N McCarthy

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The wasteful cycle of the fashion industry

Dr Dorothy Maxwell has long been frustrated by the fashion industry’s waste. She explains why it must take action, writes Ruth O’Connor.

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23 schemes to ‘get a result’ for the environment

Daniel Hession reports on how European Innovation Partnership schemes will use €59m of funding to help build a sustainable agricultural system that respects the environment

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Making Cents: Bringing up baby the sustainable way

Becoming a parent can be a trigger for people to start thinking about living in a more sustainable way, as we are discussing all month in the Irish Examiner.

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Authors4Oceans: The children's writers raising awareness of plastic pollution

Authors4Oceans will be at the International Literature Festival as part of their efforts to use kids’ books to raise awareness about the destructive powers of plastic, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.

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Immersive read: Why we all need to care about saving Ireland’s starving bees

We need to take action to save Ireland’s starving bees

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UCC's Maria Kirrane learning lessons for climate change

Maria Kirrane is a leading advocate at UCC for applying the small steps taken by the college on sustainability across the whole of the city, writes

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Cork firm with the tech to oil the energy wheels

ARQ has a technology to help keep wind turbines and other machinery working, writes Trish Dromey.

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No escaping increases in carbon taxes

Ireland is the second country in the world to declare a ‘climate emergency’, but the Government must face up to promoting potentially unpopular hikes in carbon taxes, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Irish Mammies fixing climate change? As if they hadn’t enough to be doing

Irish Mammies fixing climate change? As if they hadn’t ENOUGH to be doing.

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May Sustainability Month series: Farming special

Professor Alan Matthews Food Wise 2025 sets out a roadmap for increases in agricultural output over the 2015-2020 period.

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Sustainability Month: How not to waste electricity

Kya deLongchamps fights on in our Sustainability Month with an empowering attack on our blithe waste of electricity.

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Meet the people behind four Irish businesses setting the bar for sustainable food production

Joe McNamee meets the people behind four Irish businesses setting the bar for sustainable food production.

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Cork community project aims to put paid to coastal plastic pollution

A small community project in Cork that encourages people to pick up three pieces of plastic whenever they visit the coast is fast gaining momentum, writes Rebecca Stiffe.

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How to create a sustainable water feature in your garden

Gardeners’ interest in ponds and water features shows no sign of drying up, says Peter Dowdall.

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Sustainable Style: A better way to get your fashion hit

With growing awareness about the damage the fashion industry is doing to the planet, the move to a more sustainable model needs to happen fast.

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Fantastic to get rid of plastic, but we need less to dump in the first place

Ditching the plastic feels good, but what consumers really need is less plastic to dump in the first place, writes

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How to shower and dress and still have a conscience

Most of us recognise that sustainability is a global issue that needs to be addressed.

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The Monday Interview: Declan White, southern regional director, Veolia Ireland

With Ireland failing to meet its emissions targets for next year, firms like Veolia will be crucial if we are to make amends by 2030. Pádraig Hoare talks to Declan White about how the ‘circular economy’ can help

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Sky Matters: Space is becoming crowded with satellites

In a world where climate is changing fast, so too is space, writes Niall Smith

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Let’s get on the biogas bus and use eco-friendly fuel

Biomethane can be harvested from slurry or food waste and be compressed for use as an eco-friendly fuel, such as to power our buses, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Back from the dead: The Bermuda petrel was thought extinct for nearly 400 years

The amazing tale of the Bermuda petrel, a seabird thought extinct for nearly 400 years, has lessons for Ireland’s blasé approach to conservation, West Cork bird expert Paul Connaughton tells Ellie O’Byrne

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Wine list: Just how environmentally friendly is wine?

Sustainability has been a buzz word in the wine world for decades but just how environmentally friendly is wine?

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How to create a near-zero waste kitchen

Kya deLongchamps argues that plastic is not so fantastic for single or short-term use as we enter a near-zero waste era

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As a family of four, it quickly became apparent even when our children were younger, as to the amount of excess packaging we were responsible for

Sustainability is defined as ‘…avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance’.

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When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realise that one cannot eat money

I was listening to ‘Still Processing’, an excellent podcast presented by two culture writers with The New York Times, when they introduced that week’s guest.

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Green shoots: Cork teenagers on why the planet needs to clean up its act

We’ve a lot to learn from the students who responded to Greta Thunberg’s call for a global strike to protest about accelerating climate change, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

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Easy ways to an eco-friendly bathroom

Just a little thought is all it takes to make a big — and almost effortless — improvement in bathroom eco-friendliness without compromising personal hygiene and housecleaning, writes Carol O’Callaghan

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Michelle Darmody tried to eat sustainably for a week - here's her diary

Michelle Darmody set herself a challenge to eat sustainably for a week. She shares her food diary, and the lessons she learned from the experiment

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A Humble opinion on how to save the planet

Luke Rix-Standing chats with wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble about the challenges facing the environment, and finds her in polemical form

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Making Cents: Time to deep retrofit energy use in your house

The efficient use of energy is one of the core tenets of sustainability as a way of life, and in a recent column I highlighted the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) grants available from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

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