Audrey started Keep it Green in May 2018. Having always been interested in environmental issues and bored with her legal career she decided in 2012 to give up the job to explore new interests. She completed a Permaculture design course at Carrig Dulra, Co. Wicklow in 2014 and discovered the principles of people care, earth care and fair share. This was the beginning of a new path towards a more sustainable lifestyle and home grown food. She began growing her own veggies at an allotment in Malahide for a couple of years and more recently in her back garden. “Nothing beats eating food you have grown yourself, the aroma of edible plants in the garden, the flavour, no travel miles and its package free!”.
Audrey has wanted to do something constructive about promoting sustainable lifestyles and raising awareness having followed the Zero Waste movement in London since 2007 but didn’t have the time until this year. Being a family who love the outdoors and living by the coast Audrey had become increasingly aware of the problem with plastic waste pollution along her local beach and at St. Anne’s Park. The extent of the problem really hit home when she took part in her local monthly beach clean with the Bull Island Action group. “When you see the amount of litter simply thrown away by visitors/walkers in addition to the plastic debris and waste that is washed onto the beach after every tide, you soon realise the seriousness of the problem and that together we have to do something now to change our culture of convenience if we want to restore our environment”.
Keep it Green eco shop started trading as a market stall every Saturday at the Red Stables farmers market in St. Anne’s Park, Clontarf and with the help of her daughter Alexandra they managed to take their message and their products to Herbert and Bushy Park markets for a few weeks. They sell a wide range of every day products such as reusable coffee cups, bottles, stainless steel lunch boxes and storage containers, reusable straws, bamboo cutlery, cotton produce bags, reusable menstrual products and cleansing pads, beeswax food wrap, veggie brushes, bamboo tooth brushes and cotton buds, selection of soaps, shampoo bars and shaving soap to name but a few which support the principles of reuse and refill as an alternative to our throw away culture. Audrey is committed to promoting sustainable lifestyles, encouraging less waste and building awareness around single use plastics.
“We want to make products available that people will value, reuse and want to keep instead of disposable plastic alternatives.”
Audrey and Alexandra hope you will come and say hello at the market and let them know what single use plastic products you have eradicated from your life or if you are just getting started you might get some ideas for a less plastic Christmas and New Year. Small steps by one, big effect together!
market dates | Thur 13th - Sun 16th December