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Ger’s October 19 Monthly Update

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The Vitality Expo took place the last weekend in September in the RDS so of course I took myself up to Dublin for the weekend. Like last year the Show was an opportunity both for health store members and our customers to see all the latest in innovative supplements and new wholefood products as well as to listen to the latest research from the most up to date thinkers in our industry.  Below are just some that I spoke to but these in particular got me excited!

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International Zero Waste Week 2019

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It’s International Zero Waste Week from 2nd to 6th September, an annual campaign committed to reducing our carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

Do you want to cut down on your plastic consumption? Become more environmentally friendly? Self-sustainable? Start making small but conscious, positive changes in your every day life? Learn some handy zero-waste tips and tricks? Become more environmentally aware in general?

Well this is how you can…..

During Zero Waste Week in Only Natural we will help you to start making these steps in the right direction. We have made it a bit easier for you to reduce the amount of waste you produce!  We have lots of zero waste options in store such as dry goods bulk bins, wrapper free soaps and shampoos, refillable toiletries and cleaning products, plastic free lunchbox alternatives, keep cups and much much more.

We will be hosting lots of instores from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th September (schedule below) and we will also have some amazing offers available during the week so you can save some money whilst saving the planet!

Just pop in store from Wednesday 4th September – Friday 6th September to benefit from the following events and to discover how the smallest changes can make the biggest difference.  And better yet all events are COMPLETELY FREE!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Palm Free Soaps

2:00PM                  Official Opening with Wexford County Council
2:00PM                   Palm Free Irish Soap Stall (Full day)
2:00PM – 4:00PM   Food Tasting from our Zero Waste Bulk Bins

Thursday, September 5, 2019

11:00AM – 1:00PM  Nutritional Consult from our In-House Nutritional Your Local Food Network Only NaturalTherapist
11:00AM – 2:00PM  Food Tasting from our Zero Waste Bulk Bins
12:00PM – 2:00PM   Fairyland Cottages – Zero waste Handbag Essentials and How to make: Environmentally Friendly Cleaners
2:00PM – 4:00PM   Karen Nolan from Your Local Food Network

Friday, September 6, 2019

11:00AM – 1:00PM  Nutritional Consult from our In-House Nutritional Dr Mahers rangeTherapist
11:00AM – 2:00PM  Food Tasting from our Zero Waste Bulk Bins
11:00AM – 2:00PM  Doctor Maher’s Irish-made, Natural Skincare
2:00PM – 3:30PM    Michelle (Na Séasúir) Fermenting and Food Waste prevention
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Ger’s September 19 Monthly Update

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Zero waste week 2019 runs from the 2nd to the 6th of September (apparently it’s a short week!) so we’d like to remind you of just how we have and are trying to make zero waste living more of an accessible option locally here in Wexford. Living life without generating unnecessary plastic waste isn’t easy, it takes planning and effort but please don’t be put off by that, if you start by doing a little more and by being a little more conscious today then you can do more again tomorrow. Change has to start sometime! read more →

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What’s In Our Bulk Dispensers!

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Our bulk range is ever changing and expanding due to customer requests but below is a list of what we currently stock.  If you have any products you would like us stock make sure to let us know. read more →

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Ger’s December 18 Monthly Update

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Our Big News

By the time you’re reading this our new bank of bulk dispensers offering a wide range of nuts and seeds, grains and pulses, dried fruit, breakfast cereals, plus sweet and savory snacks will be standing proudly in our hallway. We’ve decided it’s time to espouse the zero/minimal waste ethic as fully as we can. We’re not the only ones. Zero waste shops are popping up all over the country in answer to the growing public consciousness of just how we can’t go on polluting the planet with the amount of waste, particularly plastic waste, that we’re producing. read more →

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Ger’s October 18 Monthly Update

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I do love a good Show

The Vitality Expo in the RDS in early September (you know the one, I harped on incessantly to get you all to go!) was brilliant. For me some of the highlights included the zero waste talks which made me want more than ever to make that ethos central to Only Natural (watch this space, plans are afoot). The sooner the collective penny drops and we all realize that our use and throw away lifestyles just aren’t sustainable, the sooner we stand a chance of keeping our world habitable. Yes by all means get yourself a buy now trendy keep cup (and be proud that you did, the ocean is made up of drops) but see it as a jumping off point and let the consciousness slowly pervade your life, how you dress, what you eat, where you holiday, one facet at a time.

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Ger’s September 18 Monthly Update

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We’re still beaming with pride at being selected among the top 100 shops in the country by Retail Excellence Ireland and looking forward to participating in the selection process as it continues so fingers crossed please. I’ve said it already but I’ll repeat myself. Thank you all of our loyal customers who make it possible for us to enjoy moments like this by your continued support. In a world where more and more of life is turning into faceless, personless interactions some of us in retail want to buck the trend, we actually want to know you and serve your natural health needs all the better for it. read more →

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Zero Waste Guru Delivers Inspiring Presentation

Bea Johnson Waste in 2016

Ruth recently attended a talk in Trinity College about waste reduction and to say she was inspired is putting it mildly, here is her take on it!

What did you throw in the bin today? A snack wrapper, perhaps? A coffee cup? Plastic packaging from your groceries? Bea Johnson and her family fit their waste for an entire year into a single jar. Think about that for a second – a single jar.

Johnson is the leading voice of the rapidly growing Zero Waste movement. She spoke at Trinity College on 13th March to an eager auditorium that was bursting at the seams. The huge crowd was confirmation of the growing concern towards the environment and Irish people’s determination to make a positive change. There is a global waste crisis right now, especially in regard to plastic. Plastic is catastrophic for the oceans and its wildlife. Contrary to what many people believe, plastic can only be recycled 7 times before it goes to landfill. So recycling alone is just not good enough.

So what can we do?

The Zero Waste movement is based around a 5 step process that starts from the top and works down.

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