Growing up in the beautiful landscape of rural Donegal, I was always interested in nature. My family raised me to respect the land and appreciate the scenery surrounding our home. As time went on, that appreciation developed into concern about how poor waste management impacts the environment, both locally and worldwide.
Now, as an adult, I try my best to live as sustainably as possible. Like all of us, I’m learning as I go. I’m experimenting and trying to make little changes.
I’m very aware of how easy it is to generate large amounts of waste by consuming too much. On a very basic level, I try to avoid buying things I don’t need. But, of course, there are always things we do need, the most obvious being food and clothing.
Regarding food, I try to buy from refill stores where possible and I grow some of my own in a local community garden; gardening is a great distraction from everyday pressures. When it comes to clothes, I try to buy from ethical, sustainable brands.
Over the last few years, I began to realise that I wanted our business to follow some of these principles too. In addition to my work at On The Dot, I often lecture in design and I wanted to help my students understand how sustainability applies to them and their practice. And so, being the curious person I am, it was time for me to become a student again myself.