EcoBabe Ireland: the style savvy, eco-chic blog

{October 7, 2007}   Living Homes for greener living

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Living Homes are an innovative and green building company based in California (USA).

Living Homes are committed to building homes that are as healthy as possible and that minimize the “ecological footprint” with respect to the resources they use for their construction, operation and eventual decommission.

Homes built using traditional stick methods can be very unhealthy and extremely resource intensive.
In contrast, Living Homes houses use sustainable, use healthier building materials, as well as energy-efficient environmental systems and products.

So customers can appreciate the Forest Stewardship Council-certified cedar ceilings without worrying that the woodstain they chose is off-gassing harmful VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) that might otherwise disturb their lungs or afternoon Darjeeling tea!

Not only are the homes healthy, sustainable and with low carbon footprints but they are also stunning examples of elegant modern architecture. The company has pre-designed “off the shelf” homes for customers and they also do custom design.
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Living Homes first house was designed by Ray Kappe and was installed in just 13 hours and recently Living Homes was certified by the United States Green Building Council, the first company of this type to achieve this distinction.

It’s a pity we don’t have any companies in Ireland currently embracing the values that Living Homes place on their homes.


Dublin Food Co-op, Ireland’s longest running Organic Market, is set to move to a new premises in Dublin 8 on October 20th 2007.

The Food Coop is the longest established organic food market in Dublin and has been in existence since 1983. At present, there are over 1300 members. For the past 15 years they have successfully worked out of St. Andrews Community Centre in Pearse Street but due to the increased demand for quality food, there was a pressing need to expand and hence the move to No. 12 Newmarket Square.

You’ll find a host of foodie delights at The Dublin Co-op, organic delights, freshly picked local organic fruit & vegetables, organic eggs, wholefoods, organic cheeses, fresh baked sourdough breads, quiches, tarts and savouries, freshly made vegetarian Indian foods along with fresh herbs, home made jams and chutneys.

There are also a wide variety of fair-trade teas & freshly ground organic coffees, handcrafted chocolates, organic wines and superfoods – the raw & living foods stall. You will also find a selection of environmentally-friendly toiletries, aromatherapy oils and if its responsible fashion you are after, organic clothes from Unicorn Design.

The weekly food market, which opens from 9.30am-4pm on Saturdays, is now expanding its opening hours to Thursdays from 2pm-8pm.

Admission is free to members and €2 for visitors. If you would like to join contact

NAdur roundy logo

Oooh, just when we think we’ve seen all their yummy products! Our fave Irish beauty brand Nadur Organics, just comes along again & launches a divine new product to tease and tantalise us!

We’ve been slathering on their gorgeous new “Radiant Face Rescue Serum” like there’s no tomorrow!

This latest addition to the Nadur range is a little skin-boost in a bottle, chock full of Chilean Rosehip, Jojoba, Sweet Almond Oil & other super-nourishing oils for the ultimate in skin nuitrition. And it smells gorgeous too, not at all overpowering but more subtle & elegant, with skin-loving oils of Indonesian Ylang Ylang, Sicilian Mandarin and Italian Bergamot.

We’ve been following the instructions and applying a few drops at night before we go to bed, and lo and behold in the morning our skin has looked alive, bright, radiant and revitalised!

Serums are the hottest products on the planet right now and Nadur Organics is one of the nicest we’ve tried to date, simply because their serum contains concentrated precious oils that offer skin a plethora of minerals, vitamins, free-radical combating properties & other organic goodies to help your skin recover.

It costs €27.99 and can be bought online from and via Stockists nationwide also.

Quite a bargain really, as we’ve seen some organic brands charge up to €80 for Serums. Plus the packaging is just soooooo damn pretty!

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