Trash Talk

The big weigh-in

Posted on: 4th February, 2019 in Trash Talk

I don’t know about you but the last 12 months have flown by! Before I get to the weigh-in I wanted to share the unexpected joys (that took a bit of getting used to at first) from our 12 months...

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Goodbye plastic forks

Posted on: 14th January, 2019 in Trash Talk

On the airplane heading back home to Canada for the holidays, and only because in my bag I had a few simple things – travel cups, cutlery and some snacks – we were able to hand-back 12 plastic cups, three...

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So paper isn’t the solution?

Posted on: 5th November, 2018 in Trash Talk

We are now eight months into our cut-the-rubbish project, so I think it’s time for an inventory. As per my self-imposed guidelines we have kept all our rubbish and recyclables in the shed and we have six boxes of glass...

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Family matters and work waste

Posted on: 8th October, 2018 in Trash Talk

I helped organise a ‘Fair and Local Feast’ during the Taste of West Cork for Fairtrade Clonakilty’s 15th birthday celebrations and, as part of that, we made a short film featuring Jennifer Sleeman, founder of FT Clon; it was two...

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Taking our waste on the road

Posted on: 10th September, 2018 in Trash Talk

August brought a great new zero-waste asset to Clonakilty – the new BYO packaging shop Twig Refill opened in Spiller’s Lane! You can refill bags, bottles and buy unwrapped, and they all-at-once sorted our snack, cereal and sauce struggles. We...

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To refuse or not to refuse – that is the question

Posted on: 8th August, 2018 in Trash Talk

Author and Zero Waste guru Bea Johnson is a good baseline to relate my struggles and triumphs of this month. Bea has become an international waste reduction hero, having reduced her family waste to a mere one litre per year....

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Two steps forward, one step back

Posted on: 2nd July, 2018 in Trash Talk

And then two steps forward again. It’s always the way. This month has been a bit tricky, however two things at the very beginning of the month set the tone and set me off on the right foot. The first...

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Four months in and the food is great

Posted on: 7th June, 2018 in Trash Talk

I think, like all new projects, the first bit is the hardest and then, all of a sudden, you start to get glimpses of smoother seas. That’s the way it has felt this month. The amount of waste that we...

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