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Every month I look forward to my purchase of IMAGE magazine. I know, I am an Eco Goddess and should not purchase such an item. Fashion and Lifestyle magazines on a whole are symbol’s of luxury, over indulgence, consumerism, which are some points that I try to avoid and figure out ways to create change. So why do I purchase my IMAGE magazine each month….just wait, don’t judge and I will tell you why!

So firstly, I still struggle with grooming, fashion and image. I am a closet hippy who loves freedom, Wellington’s and fresh air. I hate confinement and the feeling of not being able to run in my outfit or wearing too tight a hairstyle or too much make-up. But, I have really BIG end gaol’s for my career in “Making it Cool to Care about the Environment” which is a pretty challenging job. I have learned really quickly that to have anyone take me seriously I need to be on top of EVERYTHING! My Image is everything and my target audience – the world, mostly don’t care about hippies who tie themselves to tree’s. People who have an innate sense of duty to care for our planet are in the minority, which is unfortunate, but that is not to say everyone else should just forget about it – we all share the Earth. That is why I have mapped out a route that will touch as many people I possibly can. IMAGE magazine helps me with My Image, but obviously I off set this purchase by not buying take away coffee, I always drink on site or bring my own!!

Ok so point number 1 is the magazine it’s self is fun, creative, and helps me pull items from my wardrobe that may represent the key trends that we find our selves in! I am a very busy working mother. Not to mention a work from home mother, so it is so easy for me to slip into the sloppy look, which will not do much for my image. I also do not shop very often, and when I do, I go for comfort, easy to keep fabrics, something that can be mine for quite some time and I also love second-hand stuff. Every once in a while – when the moon is high and I hear wolves calling in the distance 😉 – I will go shopping and invest in a key piece that will make me smile and give me a confidence boost each and every time I put it on. For business or for fun this fashion item will last and it is at this time that it is useful to have my finger on the fashion pulse, thanks to IMAGE.

Point number 2 is the magazine is jam-packed with really interesting people. This helps me keep my networking file up to date. I know who the people are to target regarding any of my business plans and the best ways to contact them. As any business woman knows it really is “not what you know but who you know” and getting to that person directly is the best route to achieve results. My messages are very simple and I want to make it easy for everyone to feel that they can make a positive difference for the world so for me my business is important.

Point number 3 is one of the major points for me. I am sometimes guilty of looking after everyone else, the earth included – boy is that exhausting – and I forget about ME. A hard-working woman rarely gets praise as this would be pretty much every woman out there. This could take a while each day and we may disrupt the men – only joking with my male friends! So my IMAGE magazine lasts me the month and when I need to just stop, be still, I retreat to my cosy bed with a cup of tea and just relax, read, and recharge those massive batteries.

Wishing you all a great weekend! I will be digesting my magazine and hoping for some sunshine to start my veggie patch 🙂


plastic on the sea bed

Not all plastic floats. Dutch scientists have found that over 70% of discarded plastic sinks to the sea bed. An astounding 600 thousand tonnes of plastic is estimated to be sitting on the North Sea floor, eroding the sea bed and causing animals to fight for survival!

Picture from www.coastalcare.org

Fact from Ecover’s Message in our Bottle


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My sewing machine is very special – it was won by my Nana Buckley many years ago at a raffle. I had a special bond with my Nan, she lived next door and we sat next to each other at the dinner table. She was a very special lady who was just that a lady. Nan loved her bit of lipstick, two cigarettes a day, to say the rosary everyday and she was a great at praying till the cows came home when you were sitting exams – I still believe she was responsible for my degree!

So each time I sit down and tackle my latest sewing project I can feel my Nan sitting next to me. Well I recently got it fixed and serviced and I have completed two projects in the mean time.

1. A half curtain for my main bathroom (I stole this idea from my aunt Eleanor – sorry El but imitation is the nearest form of flattery)

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2. A Birthday cushion for a special little girl Lillie.

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With My Waste Free Home – making your home as waste free as you want it to be – I have to watch what I purchase seeing as I no longer have a waste company collecting my trash. I usually shop in Tesco as it is the closest store to me and sells all my favourite brands such as Ecover & Glenesk, and their fish counter is pretty good. Well, this has all changed as when I am now shopping I look at the Recycling Labels on EVERYTHING I put in my basket. I need to know this information to be one step ahead and know where I will be putting the end of life packaging. Well Tesco are crap at giving me the information I need to be able to dispose of packaging correctly – their own products have little or no information and to be honest majority of big brands just don’t include this information either!

With My Waste Free Home – if you choose to reduce your waste bills by up to 90% and share a communal waste bin with your neighbours and recycle and compost the majority of your waste. The web site will give you all the information you will need and even a list of products – what they are made from and how to recycle them. I will also be giving information emails that you can copy and paste and will help put pressure on retailers and companies to 1. Label Correctly to ensure packaging is recycled where it can be and 2. If the packaging is just too over the top you can let the company know you feel this way and 3. Why they are not using packaging that CAN BE recycled????

I know it will shake up a lot of things in Ireland and hopefully pave the way for a more logical waste solution that gives people a greater choice. I am finding I have changed my shopping habits greatly buying more fruit and veg locally to reduce the dreaded non recyclable packaging. Shifted totally away from Tesco as I read all about their clubcard and didn’t like what I read…You can read my findings here. I just pop in for the few bits that I need there and pop quickly back out again. I am loving my local Lidl as their products have clear recycling labels and this gives me the understanding that yes as a whole, their company is much more involved in sustainability – their stores are smaller – they have a more European feel to them and I like that.

My Waste Free Home is still being implemented in my home and I am getting the whole concept together with the relevant bodies behind it – then the big launch will happen – in the mean time if you want any information be sure and email me claire@clairelewis.ie 🙂


If you are a regular reader, you will have already read about my love affair with The Honest Company. An American company co founded by the stunning Jessica Alba – in a quest to give her children really honest and pure everyday personal and home cleaning products. I recently came across a section on their website called “What’s Inside” and it gives a really simple and graphically pleasing account of exactly the information we need as consumers, to make an informed decision about the products we use.

 

So in this graphic The Honest Company talks us through Conventional Baby Bath Products!!

 
What's inside conventional baby bath products?




This is a little topical right now, as reports in the media lately suggest that food supplements are just a ploy by organisations to fool you out of money. I do agree there are a large number of supplements available that contain a fraction of what it says on the tin! I recently started on an Organic, Vegetable based multi vitamin to keep a pep in my step and I am taking the Solgar range. The Solgar brand couldn’t have come more highly recommended by my Aunt, who is a nurse, with years of experience and lots of courses under her belt in eating organically and the teachings of British nutritionist Patrick Halford.

The Honest Companies – “What’s Inside” information section on their site contained an excellent graphical explanation on Food Supplements.

Check out the other “What’s Inside” information Blog Posts on my Blog if you like this you will like all the others too!

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Yes, it is finally here and I am finally set up to manage my own house-hold waste myself, on site and actually saving money in the process! Getting the house waste free organised and ready was tough and I still have lots to do, but as I said at the beginning this is a lifestyle and my whole house will need to row in behind me. Now I do have a very small tin trash can with a biodegradable (Earth Rated Dog Poop) bag – as the liner, just incase my family or visitors bring me some items that I have not planned for or cannot recycle!

TrashedTo celebrate the start of this exciting venture for me and hopefully others will follow – saving tones of waste from landfill, I have a copy of  ‘TRASHED’  the amazing film starring Jeremy Irons, to give away to one lucky winner.

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is:

Go to My Waste Free Home’s Facebook page and LIKE it.

If you don’t care for Facebook then please leave me a message or email me at claire@clairelewis.ie.

Be sure and keep checking my blog to find out all about my trials and tribulations, how much I am saving, the benefits of taking on a challenge like this to all of your family – bringing OUR waste problem HOME where we can show our children and others that we CAN do something positive to make a difference.