Bentwood chair with hazel tree.

The Hedge Chair

A chair, leaning, living,
A maker, learning, loving.
Learning about living, making a leaning chair,
Loving the learning, learning that leans and lives,

Eco Worriers

The opportunities that sustainability offers are too often drowned out by the negative projections of the eco-worriers. There is no doubt about the alarming predictions on climate change and it is scary to say the least.

Private ethics and public conflicts

Recently a senior civil servant who was chief of shareholder investment section in the Department of Finance left his position to take up a new job. He was in charge of the Department’s (the public’s) policy and enforcement of the banking regulations and agreements. His new job however, is with the Bank of Ireland,

Italy, food and sustainability

I am writing this from Italy where I have come to visit my daughter for Christmas. The Italians are a serious food nation, in ways it is difficult to understand without actually being here. Families can fall out over some food detail – she roasts the pine nuts too much, his balsamic vinegar is too sour!

European Food Supply Chain

For Ireland’s food and drink businesses, the market of nearly 500 million consumers in Europe represents a huge opportunity over the coming years. The drive towards sustainability with its concerns about ‘food miles’

Waste not, want not

At this time of over indulgence at the table, it is timely to write about the waste of food within and across the agri-business sector. Simply stated, waste is an inefficiency and many businesses are trying to reduce or eliminate waste as a cost saving measure.

Food & Agri Businesses and Sustainability

For food and agri-businesses sustainability is looming large on the near horizon and this can represent an opportunity or a threat depending on the strategic approach the management takes.

Food Labelling in Europe

The Eco Label Index currently lists 146 food labels globally and there are plenty more besides I am sure – no Irish labels are in the index, for instance! It is a bewildering range of labels and must be confusing for the consumer. What are the differences between ‘organic’ and ‘bio’; carbon neutral and carbon […]

Energy Audits

Businesses regularly examine their processes in order to identify weaknesses, waste, and ways of becoming more productive and profitable. That’s exactly what a sustainability audit entails.


SustaiNext EU Summit

A Summit aimed at promoting the next generation of sustainability understanding amongst business leaders was held in Dublin City University (DCU) on 11th & 12th October. SustainEd was proud to be involved with helping to make this Sunnit happen.  This was organised by the US based Sustainability Collaborative

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