Featured image taken in the Japanese Gardens at the Irish National Stud by Mike Andrews
This piece was originally written for and published by an online magazine called The Olive Foxes, which has since closed down.
I have a tendency to walk fast. I’m quite tall so I cover more ground in fewer steps than people who are shorter than me but, add to this the fact that my natural pace is very fast, it doesn’t take me long to get to the places I need to be. Whether I’m walking to work, running to the post office, popping out to buy something for lunch or simply just going for a ‘stroll’ (the definition of a stroll is to walk in a leisurely way so maybe this doesn’t apply to me), I can’t seem to help but walk quickly.
Ireland has been hit by what we’re being told are some of the worst snow conditions since the 1980s. The buses have stopped running, the schools are closed, most people are home from work. The queue in my local shop snakes the whole way through the aisles and out the front door as everyone tries to find the few ‘essentials’ they need before the shops close up. Everyone is in a panic over having enough bread, and supermarket and local shop aisles have been swiped clear of anything resembling a sliced pan.
Meanwhile, we’re left stuck inside looking for things to do. That’s okay though – because today is World Book Day.
Buying a reusable coffee cup is just one of many ways we can reduce and reuse, but sometimes we need that extra little push to make sure we use it. A reusable cup discount does the trick. One of the best things about owning my own cup, aside from the number of single-use coffee cups I’ve avoided since buying it, is that I can get discounts on my coffee when I use it. You don’t need to go to a big chain to get money off – there are plenty of great, local specialty coffee shops offering discounts!
Reusable coffee cups are starting to appear everywhere. They’re on sale in lots of coffee shops, homeware shops, and food stores, and more and more people are using them on a daily basis. There’s been a lot of conversation happening around reusable cups as people are becoming aware of the impact their take-away coffees might be having on the planet.
Coffee shops have been paying attention, and you’ll find plenty of local places offering discounts to customers who bring their own cups. In Ireland, there’s been talk of introducing a ‘latte levy’, meaning an additional charge for drinks served in single-use cups. I have a feeling this conversation is only starting, and I want to share my reasons why I think everyone should own a reusable coffee cup.
It can be easy to build up waste over time between coffee cups, plastic bags, food containers, water bottles and all the other things we go through on a daily basis. This stuff is everywhere, it’s usually more convenient, and finding a reusable option isn’t always on the top of our minds. It is easier to recycle now, but there’s always more we can do. These are some simple ways to reuse that don’t require too much effort and will make you feel good!
My focus has always been on finding ways to replace disposable things with reusable things. Once you start paying attention, you start to realise how much waste you go through day to day. All it takes is a few simple steps to start making a difference, so here are four simple ways that I reuse!
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I really love Halloween time. Everything is orange and black, there are silly decorations everywhere, and of course, it’s the time of year when you get to buy a pumpkin, rip out its insides, make a face and stick a candle in it.
Pumpkin carving is something I only really started doing a few years ago when I was in Montréal, and I’ve done it every year since then. Usually, I buy whatever pumpkin is left in the shop close to Halloween, but this year I learned about a pumpkin patch in Co. Meath where you can pick your own. I had no idea there was a pumpkin patch in Ireland, so once I knew it was out there, I had to go and see it.