Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Book on Hemp Lime Construction

Dear Greenbox Members:

Please see some information below from Tom Wooley:

attached is a flyer for a new book about Hemp Lime construction.
Construction with hemp was pioneered in Northern Ireland as a result of the late farmer John McGrady who was one of the first people to grow hemp in Ireland and Mark Alexander of Castlewellan.

A Hemp Lime wall has been built at the Hillsborough Research Centre which some NIEL members recently visited. We are currently building a hemcrete house in Crossgar

The book can be obtain from BRE Press or any good book service/shop
Rachel Bevan or I are available to give talks/demonstrations of hemp lime building
Hemp Lime buildings are carbon negative as they absorb C)2 into the building fabric.
Construction of typical house can save 30-60 tonnes of C02 or more compared with conventional construction

Click here to find out more

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sustainable Travel International

Sustainable Travel International has written a small piece about Greenbox's accreditation system. It's very complimentary, here is the extract:

Ireland’s Ecolabel Standard AssessedSustainable Travel International recently assessed Ireland’s Greenbox Ecolabel Standard and associated training course for community business owner participants. We met with Greenbox representatives, and assessed the course and participant knowledge in order to verify the strength of the program. We are happy to announce that thanks to Greenbox, the Northwest border region between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (UK) has one of the strongest regional ecotourism development efforts we have seen. Greenbox was founded upon a regional peace-through-tourism initiative geared toward educating communities about how to develop sustainable ecotourism practices. Through its membership base, Greenbox also offers travelers hundreds of short breaks, green holidays and eco tours. You can now travel to Ireland, and find quality tourism products and services that promote environmental, community and cultural heritage by visiting the Greenbox web site at http://www.greenbox.ie/.

To see the full e-newsletter, please click on the link below:


Change.ie Website

Hi Everyone

Change.ie have posted information about the Greenbox Ecolabel and the EU Flower.

Check it out here:


Thanks! Karen.