Are superfoods still superfoods by the time we eat them?

Superfoods, sustainability, food, nutrients
My own crop of grapes

Every year a new superfood emerges – often exotic fruit or veg that have spent significant airmiles travelling to our supermarkets. Do you sometimes wonder if such hyped up superfoods really are still nutritionally superfoods by the time they have travelled, have been distributed, lived on a supermarket shelf, and languished in our fridges before we eat them? Continue reading “Are superfoods still superfoods by the time we eat them?”

Snow & pollution – winter gritting

Snow Dublin Georgian Door
Snow in Dublin

We all get excited about a little bit of snow (especially in Ireland where this is so rare) and probably find it amusing that people sometimes assume all of Europe will be covered by a blanket of snow over the winter months. But all this white loveliness isn’t entirely pretty. Have you ever thought about the sheer quantities of salt used for winter gritting to keep roads clear? Continue reading “Snow & pollution – winter gritting”

Know your plastics – our confusing recycling system

plastics, recyclingI find plastics very confusing. I don’t find it transparent which ones are recyclable, which ones are potentially harmful to my health and if degradable plastics really are any better. What do we do with these anyway? Do they go into the recycle bin? Do they go into the compost?

Then there is the confusing Green Dot franchise and intransparent classification of plastics into seven categories. Have you ever checked your packaging as to what type of plastic it is? If you were able to find the small triangle with the often badly embossed number – congratulations! But this still doesn’t tell you much – unless you memorise what each of these numbers stands for.

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How to live more sustainably

Sea turtle, Belize, sustainability
Sea turtle Belize reef

Most of us have good intentions to live more sustainably but at least for me they are often difficult to implement. Small changes can make a big difference and are a lot easier to maintain than radical changes; so here topics I want to think about more in depth to make better choices in the future. It’s simple but beating a habit is tricky, especially if it involves making once own’s choices and versus the barrage of advertising we are fed with on a daily basis.

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