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Eibhlin Fitzpatrick and Anna Browne discuss the small steps that people can take to live a beautiful, healthy, clean, creative and sustainable life. Photo credit Geoff Budd, https://www.lensflare.co.nz/
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Eibhlin Fitzpatrick and Anna Browne discuss the small steps that people can take to live a beautiful, healthy, clean, creative and sustainable life. Photo credit Geoff Budd, https://www.lensflare.co.nz/
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    Episode Eight

    Episode Eight

    In this week’s episode, Anna and Eibhlin dive into their recent activities, thoughts on sustainable living, and upcoming events. Anna recounts her weekend at The Yoga Picnic - https://theyogapicnic.com/ a well-organised event with a community feel that focusses on yoga and wellness. Eibhlin shares her efforts to slow down by swimming in the lake and cycling, recommending Lough Boora - https://www.loughboora.com/ for nature activities. She also expresses excitement for the upcoming https://mullingarpride.ie/  event, WERK!Fest .
    Anna highlights https://kilbegganorganicfoods.com/shop/ , praising their organic farming practices that emphasise biology over chemistry. The pair then delve into a discussion on overconsumption, sparked by Amazon Prime Day, which encourages unnecessary purchases. They criticise the poor ethics of major corporations like Amazon and Temu. Instead, they suggest alternative actions to incorporate sustainable skills like attending sewing classes like those at https://www.lwetb.ie/fet/ . They mention spending a day out with friends at https://www.changeclothes.org/ , or exploring local Freecycle groups, https://olioapp.com/en/ , Marketplace, and https://www.adverts.ie/ for “new to you” items.
    Anna also highlights the seasonal produce, with juicy tomatoes and courgettes currently in season. Tune in to the episode for a deeper dive into each topic and join Anna and Eibhlin in their journey towards a more sustainable and mindful lifestyle.
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    • 37 min
    Episode 7

    Episode 7

    This week on Practically Green, Eibhlin and Anna shared their go to tips on packing for holidays this summer. Eibhlin mentions her favourite solid personal care products that allow her to fly through airport security without worrying about liquids. These include Irish natural products from https://jannibars.com/ https://www.sophiessoaps.ie/ and https://vicodeo.com/ all of which can be bought at https://www.instagram.com/therefillmill_mullingar/

    The pair share their ideas for exploring your own local area this summer. Why not become a tourist in your own town? Anna mentions https://www.tullynallycastle.ie/ and https://belvedere-house.ie/ while Eibhlin talks of a great day out she had at https://www.kilbegganwhiskey.com/

    This recommendation for this week was for https://theyogapicnic.com/ a wonderful day out guaranteed! Both Anna and Eibhlin have given talks on previous years and Anna is back for a kombucha workshop at this year’s event. Check it out and make sure you say hi!

    For what’s in season, Anna shares what delicious foods can be harvested at the moment, if you’re not growing then make sure to look out for them in shops and from local farmers like https://www.farmingfornature.ie/nominees/charles-carr-and-shannon-copland/ or the honesty box at the Haggard Haggard (grreat name) https://www.instagram.com/thehaggardhaggard/
    Anna also talks about what you can plant right now to enjoy later in the year and next year, far away as that might seem.
    As always, thanks for listening to our podcast. Make sure to subscribe, check out our YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa3DB5jOmuNYAMX-L3C2Hfw and of course, follow our Instagram @practicallygreenpodcast.

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    • 41 min
    Episode 6

    Episode 6

    Welcome back to Practically Green, the podcast that shares tips on how to live sustainably in a practical, budget friendly and beautiful way.
    This week your hosts Anna and Eibhlin have a lot to talk about. Anna shares her experience of https://www.bordbiabloom.com/ with https://flowerfarmersofireland.ie/ and Eibhlin talks about her first proper holiday in years and the importance of wearing reef safe suncreams like https://www.amazincskincare.com/mineral-sunscreen--30--spf-150ml/
     
    Anna talks about natural fertilisers that your plants will love, keeping them healthy and strong. Anna also recommends https://betterplants.ie/ for Irish seaweed fertilisers.
     
    Moving on to “experiences not stuff” the two discuss the benefits of second hand shopping. Self confessed reformed shopaholic, Eibhlin talks about how she updated her work wardrobe in a conscious way finding gems in places like Vision Ireland https://vi.ie/ and Saint Vincent de Paul https://www.svp.ie/what-we-do/shops/ There are also great recommendations for sustainable fashion https://www.changeclothes.org/ in Crumlin and https://www.instagram.com/studiobleuvintage/ in Castlepollard run by French vintage collector Bertille.
     
    Eibhlin recommends https://handmadedesign.net/ if you’re looking for inspiration and advise on upcycling your own furniture. The pair also endorse your local credit union https://www.creditunion.ie/ as a sustainable method of ensuring your money isn’t being spent on fossil fuels but also as a means of keeping it in your local community!
     
    Finally, for “what’s in season” Anna highlights that Irish strawberries, peas and asparagus are back in season! https://www.farmingfornature.ie/nominees/charles-carr-and-shannon-copland/ is a great place to source your locally grown foods and pickups can be arranged at https://www.instagram.com/therefillmill_mullingar/ Anna also gives a shout out to https://www.facebook.com/slanemorefarm/ for wonderful strawberries.
     
    Finally, Anna has some  (free) workshops for teens coming up to celebrate Cruinniu na NOg https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie/ these will be held in The Refill Mill and Cuige Studios https://www.instagram.com/wearecuige/ check them out here https://www.bigskyflowers.ie/product-category/crinniunanog/
     
     
    As always, thanks for listening and be sure to follow us on social media  (Practically Green Podcast) for updates!

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    • 51 min
    Episode 5

    Episode 5

    In Episode 5 of the Practically Green podcast, hosts Anna and Eibhlin share their favourite tips for making your home smell wonderful without using harsh chemicals. They discuss various DIY air fresheners using natural ingredients and highlight Bomar.ie, an Irish business that provides supplies for creating your own eco-friendly air fresheners and soaps. 
    They also dive into how to create stunning summer picnics, offering ideas for setting up beautiful and sustainable picnics, from eco-friendly picnic essentials to delicious foods.
    In the recommendations section, Eibhlin introduces The Rediscovery Centre's Rediscover Paint, an affordable and eco-friendly option for home painting, ideal for anyone looking to refresh their space with minimal environmental impact. You can learn more about Rediscover Paint at The Rediscovery Centre's website.
    Anna shares a simple and delicious recipe for homemade mayonnaise, perfect for your picnic sandwiches and salads. Find the recipe here https://bibliocook.com/2015/06/read-salad-dressings-homemade-whole-egg-mayonnaise-in-irish-country-living/ Enjoy your homemade mayonnaise with your next picnic! 
    Subscribe and follow the Practically Green Podcast on social media for the latest updates and more eco-friendly tips. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to reach out to Anna and Eibhlin



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    • 29 min
    Episode 4

    Episode 4

    Welcome back to Practically Green! In today's episode, we're diving into the crucial topic of food waste. Join us as we explore tips and tricks to minimise waste and save money while enjoying delicious healthy meals. Your hosts Anna and Eibhlin highlight some great apps you can use to tackle food waste including Olio https://olioapp.com/en/ and TooGoodToGo https://www.toogoodtogo.com/en-ie/user
    We are encouraging you to get outside in the “experiences not stuff” section this week. Mentioning the wonderful amenities provided by our local Greenways and canals which are havens for biodiversity! The pair also mention the Climate Action Network, Mullingar CAN https://www.instagram.com/mullingarcan/ who are actively taking care of a KM of the greenway in Mullingar. 
    Anna talks about a very handy app that allows you to identify birdsong, Merlin https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/ While Eibhlin gives a nod to a gorgeous bog walk located in Tyrrellspass that has an abundance of biodiversity and is the perfect spot for an evening walk https://www.facebook.com/Ethostp/
    Finally in “seasonal stuff” Anna highlights what delicious foods are in season this month. The two discuss the importance of supporting local farmers in their efforts to ensure we continue to have quality local food options. Shannon’s Eco Farm was a fantastic farm mentioned https://www.instagram.com/shannons_eco_farm/
    Thanks for tuning in to this episode of Practically Green! Remember, small changes in our daily habits can make a big difference in reducing food waste and living more sustainably. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we'll explore another important aspect of eco-friendly living.


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    • 34 min
    Episode 3

    Episode 3

    Welcome back to Practically Green, your go-to podcast for practical sustainability tips! This week, we're diving into simple sustainable alternatives to fabric softener, because who doesn't want softer clothes without harming the environment? Anna mentioned Laura De Barra - she has great reels on the topic of fabric softener 
    https://www.instagram.com/p/ClS9oLAgMnc/?hl=en 
    Sodium percarbonate, a powerful cleaner and whitener, previously mentioned in our last episode was explored in more detail for listeners who missed the specifics. 
    For experiences not stuff, we encourage embracing experiences over material possessions for a more fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle.This week the focus was on getting outside. Anna spoke about what can be planted right now. https://brownenvelopeseeds.ie/ a great source for high-quality Irish organic seeds, saved in Ireland. Eibhlin talked about how she has dived into the world of audiobooks with BorrowBox https://www.borrowbox.com/ on her new daily commute, another great service from Westmeath Libraries.
    The Rediscovery Centre https://www.rediscoverycentre.ie/, was this episode's recommendation. It’s a hub for sustainable living and education. From upcycling workshops to eco-friendly products, it's a haven for green enthusiasts.
    Of course, the grand opening of The Refill Mill https://therefillmill.ie/ on April 27th was mentioned, with listeners encouraged to support their local eco shops.
    Thanks for tuning in to another episode of Practically Green! Remember, small changes in our daily habits can make a big difference in protecting our planet. We have a good old chat about examples of the circular ecomomy. Stay tuned for more practical sustainability tips in our next episode! Follow us on social media @practicallygreenpodcast for updates and additional green living inspiration. Share your sustainable journey with us using #PracticallyGreenPodcast. We love hearing from our listeners!


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    • 43 min

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