A new Eco-Shop, Watt Footprint, tackling the big environmental issues at a local level.
A unique eco shop has just re-opened in National Ecological Center at Sonairte, Laytown Co. Meath. The new owner of the shop, Paul O Reilly says “the shop called Watt Footprint has a new and unique ethos, whereby creating sustainable comfort, better air quality,wellbeing and a healthy home is considered an essential first step to tackling todays global environmental challenges. According to Paul the key issues effecting climate change and diminishing global bio-diversity, start in the home. Issues such as inefficient use of energy, excessive waste, lack of respect and abusage of water, lack of concern for the pollutant effect of everyday household cleaning products, indifference to the effect many of the toxic beauty products we use, have on both our health and the health of the earth. These are big issues but tackling them starts with each and every one of us at a personal level and in our own homes.
Watt Footprint was created to help on this journey to more sustainable living. Watt Footprint provides guidance in the form of books, pamphlets, leaflets and personal advice. It provides sustainable solutions, in the form of energy, waste and water efficiency products. It provides for natural organic health and beauty regimes whereby all products on sale at Watt Footprint are non-toxic and chemical free. It also provides an extensive range of Irish, organic, Fairtrade and educational products.
With the proliferation of un-labeled chemicals entering our homes in such guises as fire retardants, colour dyes, paints, cleaning products, children’s toys, non-stick pots and pans etc. the quality of air in the home is becoming ever more toxic. The introduction of air sealed double glazed windows without adequate ventilation hasn’t helped and this problem is further exasperated with our ever-more airtight buildings. Did you know that Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world. Measuring air quality in a healthy home is essential if this problem is to be tackled. Watt footprint has an all-in-one air quality monitor which helps you find the balance between clean and fresh air and suggested ventilation measures.
Paul O’Reilly, the founder of Watt Footprint is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and energy consultant with ove
r 25 years experience advising both public and private sector organizations on energy saving matters in the built environment. He is also an energy auditor who has visited hundreds of buildings, including homes, schools, offices, shops, community halls, factories etc., advising clients about energy efficiency, cost-effective improvements and the role renewables can play in future environment. Paul has written many articles on energy conservation, sustainability and renewable energy generation and recently published a book “The Smart Energy Citizen’s Guide to Save Energy…”. Watt Footprint are also running a series of home detox workshops helping to create healthy homes and more sustainable living.
The book along with all products are also available on-line at www.wattfootprint.com. Opens