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  • Coffee To-Go? Just Say No—to Single-Use Cups, That Is

    Disposable coffee cup: Coffee to-go? Just say no! To single-use cups, that is.

    We can start each and every day by making a simple decision that, in time, will drastically improve the health of the environment. All we have to do is forego the single-use takeaway cup in favor of a reusable one.

    Such a Waste

    Twenty-six million tonnes of plastic end up as waste in Europe every year. Staggering, right?

    Even worse, according to Eurostat’s latest figures, Ireland generates more of that plastic waste than any other European country.

    How did we let this happen?

    In Ireland, we produce 61 kg of plastic waste per person each year. This includes 2 million disposable coffee cups we send to landfill sites each day.

    Most single-use coffee cups aren’t recyclable because they’re coated with non-recyclable polyethylene, a plastic that makes the cups waterproof, and topped with a polystyrene lid (also non-recyclable).

    The Plastic Problem

    Single-use plastic smoothie cup on a beach : Organico Blog

    As plastic decomposes — and this takes hundreds of years — it releases toxins into the natural environment and it transforms into microplastics. These microplastics make their way into the bodies of birds, fish — even ourselves. Recently, plastics were detected in Irish drinking water.

    As a small island nation we’re deeply connected to the ocean. So it’s with a sense of urgency for change (and positivity that we can make that change!) that I list the effects of our plastic addiction on the world’s oceans and beaches:

    • Plastics account for 85 percent of worldwide beach litter.
    • Somewhere between five and 13 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans every year.
    • If we don’t change our wasteful ways, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans (according to the European Commission first vice president).

    I know we can stop this from happening.

    A Step in the Right Direction

    In Organico Cafe, we’re happy to provide you with compostable takeaway cups lined with a plant-based material and lids made of vegetable starch. When you’ve finished your drink simply discard the cup in a compost bin. Same goes for the compostable 'plastic' bags we provide for our oat bread and for the fresh produce in the shop (we also have reusable organic cloth produce bags).

    We view our compostable cups as a step in the right direction, but not a solution. They’re a great alternative to their plastic-lined counterparts, but there’s still a big energy spend involved in their manufacturing and transportation.

    And that’s why we dream of the day when everyone in Ireland carries a reusable coffee cup.

    The Not-So-Plastic Future

    Plastic bag caught on the branch of a tree : Organico Blog

    Thankfully, in Ireland, we’ve started to wake up to our unnecessary, excessive use of plastic and take action:

    • In the last few months, Cork City Council set a positive example when it banned single-use coffee and tea cups within its office walls.
    • There’s also talk of a “latte levy” — the drink equivalent of the plastic bag tax. If imposed, this tax would add 10-15c to the price of a hot drink in a takeaway cup and, experts believe, result in 68,000 fewer disposable cups in landfills each day.
    • The most drastic sign of the times is that the EU will issue a ban of single-use plastics by 2030. The goal is for all plastic material to be recyclable or reusable.

    2030? Why wait? Let’s do this now.

    The Reusable Cup We Love

    Small glass KeepCup with cork band and black lid : Organico BlogAt Organico, we’re big fans of the company KeepCup. Both because they make stylish, reusable cups for hot drinks, and because they’re a business run by two siblings, like us.

    Abigail and Jamie Forsyth were running a cafe in Melbourne when the idea for KeepCups was born. They were unhappy with the waste generated by their cafe, but couldn’t find a reusable cup option that satisfied their customers and their baristas. So they designed their own:

    • The glass bodies are made of durable, recycled soda lime glass.
    • The cork band is made in Portugal out of leftover material from wine cork manufacturing.
    • They’re available in a range of sizes to suit specialty coffee drinks.


    And they’re making an impact:

    • KeepCups are now sold in 65 countries.
    • Since the company began in 2009, they’ve eliminated billions of single-use coffee cups from landfills.
    • At 15 uses a KeepCup breaks-even with the energy required to manufacture one disposable paper cup.

    Now, we’re fully aware that a KeepCup (or whatever your reusable cup of choice) is only beneficial when we actually leave the house with it in tow. For this we offer a few tips:

    • Set a location-triggered notification on your phone to remind you to pack your KeepCup when you’re leaving your home or getting into your car.
    • After cleaning your KeepCup, store it somewhere convenient: within view near your front door or in a bag you’re likely to take with you.
    • ‘Keys and KeepCup.’ Train your memory to attach the two words so you never leave home without your keys and KeepCup.

    Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up about forgetting it from time to time. It’s our long-term habits and initiatives that make the difference.

    Change Starts Today

    A plant, a pot of coffee and a lidless KeepCup on a table : Organico BlogIt thrills us at Organico when you arrive at the cafe with a reusable cup. You get a small discount on takeaway drinks every time you do!

    We love working with you toward a day when we’ll see a drastic reduction of plastic pollution in the environment. And that’s thanks to the changes, small but impactful, that we make today.

    Next week: we have a mighty fine suggestion for what to fill your reusable cup with, as ethical as it is delicious.

  • CBD Oil: The Lowdown on the Brands We Carry — plus a Giveaway!

    Header photo of beach with text: CBD Oil: The Lowdown on the brands we carry, plus a giveaway!

    We know how confusing the world of CBD oil products can be—for regular users and first-timers. So we’ve created this guide to help you get to know the brands we carry. And, you have the chance to win a free bottle!

    First things first:

    What is CBD Oil, anyway?

    • CBD oil is a food supplement made of a herb-based oil extracted from the flowers, stalks and leaves of hemp.

    And, how is that different from hemp oil?

    • Ah, good question. Hemp oil is a cold-pressed oil made from the seeds of the hemp plant.

    Will I get high from CBD oil?

    • Nope. CBD oil doesn't have psychoactive properties. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids from the cannabis family of plants, but THC produces a 'high' and CBD doesn't.

    So, what’s all the hype with CBD oil about?

    • That would be the research which shows that the non-hallucinogenic cannabinoids in CBD oil affect the endocannabinoid system.

    Last question: CBD oil and medicinal cannabis—one and the same?

    • Not at all. The biggest difference is that medicinal cannabis has a psychoactive effect (due to high levels of THC) and CBD oil doesn't.

    You can find more details about CBD oil in our primer on the blog.

    Now for an overview of the brands we carry at Organico:

    Charlotte’s Web

    Charlotte's Web CBD OIl Capsules at OrganicoWe get a lot of questions about Charlotte’s Web — and for good reason! This US-based company is one of the best-known brands of CBD oil. That’s probably because they make products of high quality and great integrity. The most frequent question you’ve been asking us about this brand is ‘when will you have more in stock’? Ah, the joys of dealing with international borders…

    Unfortunately, US customs locked down recent orders of Charlotte’s Web, which means we can’t get a hold of a new shipment—for the time being. We remain hopeful that the ban is just a temporary one. In the meantime, we’ll continue the work to restock our Charlotte’s Web range asap. Take a look at what’s still available:

    Charlotte’s Web capsules, creams and oil, including an oil for dogs.

    Improve Me

    Improve Me CBD Oil Capsules at OrganicoMany of you who used to rely on Charlotte’s Web now use Improve Me, and we think that’s a good testament to the quality of this brand.

    And, good news: Improve Me just started blending their oils in Europe so we don’t have to worry about our supply (yay!).

    They manufacture CBD oil products which are free of chemicals and produced from organically grown hemp.

    We carry Improve Me in oil, vape and capsule forms.


    Medihemp CBD Oil at OrganicoFinally, a certified organic CBD Oil! It’s made by MediHemp, a company in Austria, that crafts CBD products among the best quality and most comprehensive in Europe.

    Medihemp processes all parts of the hemp plant — even the lower parts are converted into textiles, organic fertilizers and building materials — so nothing goes to waste. They work directly with organic farmers to ensure premium quality and they rely on independent laboratory testing.

    We carry Medihemp CBD and CBG oils, each at an excellent price point and value.


    Celtic Wind

    Celtic Wind CBD Oil at OrganicoDid you know Ireland has its very own CBD manufacturer? Celtic Wind in Co. Louth grow their own hemp for their CBD oil products.

    Though not certified organic, the company recognizes the influence of their hemp cultivation on the ecology of the local environment, so they don’t use herbicides or pesticides.

    We’re proud to support this Irish company and to offer you Celtic Wind oil and capsules.




    Harmony CBD E-Liquid at OrganicoHarmony is a leading pioneer in manufacturing high-quality CBD E-Liquid. The company’s mission is to make premium CBD widely available through innovative products.

    We carry a Harmony CBD Vape Pen plus several CBD Vape E-Liquids in various flavours.




    Sensi Seeds

    Sensi Seeds CBD E-Liquid at OrganicoSensi Seeds also manufacture premium CBD E-Liquid. The company, based in Amsterdam, uses organically grown hemp and they maintain a seedbank to preserve the genetic diversity of their cultivars.

    You can find our Sensi Seeds E-liquid here.

    We’re always on the lookout for great CBD products so we hope to provide you with even more brands soon (minus the headaches of dealing with US customs).



    Did you say ‘giveaway’?

    We sure did!

    Celtic Wind, Ireland’s very own CBD company, generously provided us with 6 of their 30-ml bottles of oil for us to give away.

    This is a very special opportunity to win a bottle of CBD oil which regularly retails for €79.95, in a size that will last a good while.

    You can enter using the form below. The competition will stay open until midnight on June 30th, 2018, and we'll email the winners on July 2nd.

    Organico's CBD OIL Giveaway!

    To be eligible to win, you must live in Ireland, answer a simple question and subscribe to our newsletter.

    CBD Oil is extracted from...

    Conditions of entry:

    Competition Details

    • Closing date is midnight on the 30th of June 2018
    • You must live in Ireland to enter
    • To enter you must answer a multiple choice question correctly and subscribe to our newsletter
    • One prize will be awarded to a total of six winners
    • No purchase necessary
    • Winners will be selected at random from the correct entries
    • Each of our six winners will receive a prize of one 30ml bottle of Celtic Wind CBD Oil (regular retail value €79.95)
    • No cash alternative is available
    • Winner will be notified by email on the 2nd of July
    • Prizes will be posted once winners have provided an address

    And that’s it (for now) from the world of CBD oil.

    Next week: a post that explores a small change that will lead to a huge difference—for the better—in our environmental impact. We’re looking forward to it!


  • What’s Happening at Organico in June? Come and See!

    Art for Kelp Exhibition

    Art for Kelp Exhibition in Organico Cafe

    Opening Party:
    Friday, 1 June
    4pm in Organico Cafe
    Exhibition runs:
    Monday, 28 May - Saturday, 23 June
    in Organico Cafe

    Join us in the cafe for the opening launch of an art exhibition which supports a cause near and dear to our hearts:

    Art for Kelp is a creative campaign working for the preservation of the native kelp forest here in Bantry Bay. Its existence is endangered since the government issued a license for the mechanical extraction of 1,860 acres of Bantry Bay’s native kelp.

    The group, Bantry Bay Protect Our Native Kelp Forest, has organized Art for Kelp: a sale of artwork donated by local artists to support the campaign for the preservation of Bantry Bay’s native kelp forest.

    Each piece costs only €50 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the kelp preservation campaign. The pieces will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and you can make your purchase as soon as the exhibition opens.

    Unable to make it to the launch? Not to worry, you’ll be able to view the artwork on display in Organico Cafe through Saturday, 23 June.

    We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the beauty — both natural and artistic — of our local community.


    Taste: Intelligent Tea Launch

    Intelligent Tea Tasting at Organico

    Saturday, 2 June in Organico Shop
    Free Tasting

    Join us for the launch of Intelligent Tea, a new line of herbal teas from Wild Irish Foods. The Dublin-based company produces chemical-free, loose-leaf teas and sources wild Irish herbs and plants to add to their blends. You’ll get the chance to taste the teas, learn about their health-promoting properties and have a say in which teas we eventually stock.


    Sample: Ocean Bloom natural skincare

    Ocean Bloom Skincare at Organico

    Friday, 8 June in Organico Shop
    Free Samples

    Looking for a summer skin pick-me-up? Drop into the shop to try samples of the locally owned and produced Ocean Bloom line of natural skincare.

    Owned by an aromatherapist in West Cork, the company makes delectable delights for the skin out of organic ingredients, luxurious oils and seaweed from the Beara Peninsula.

    Your search for a therapeutic, restorative treat for your skin is over.


    Recycling Workshop

    Recycling Workshop at Organico

    Saturday, 9th June
    11-11:30 AM in Organico Cafe
    Free Workshop

    Come to our recycling workshop and get your bin sorted!

    Recycling is such an important act for the environment, but because it’s often done improperly, up to 30% of what goes into domestic recycling is contaminated and ends up as waste in landfills.

    Join us for this workshop where Teresa Mac Eoin, in conjunction with Repak, will walk us through the best practices for effective recycling in our homes and we’ll gain simple know-how to make an invaluable impact.


    Sample: Viridian Nutritional Oils

    Viridian Nutritional Oils at Organico

    Friday, 15 June
    11AM-3PM in Organico Shop
    Free Samples

    Call into the shop to sample our range of Viridian Nutritional Oils that adds a beneficial boost to your wellness routine.

    These oils are an easy way to enhance your daily intake of health-promoting ingredients and oils that suit your needs.

    We hope you'll join us for these events in June!

  • Your Beauty Boost 2018

    Healthy vegetables for collagen

    Today was a beautiful sunny day, and it felt amazing to get some sunshine on my skin. While sitting in the sun I reflected on how important our skin is, and how important it is to focus on keeping it in good shape. Our skin keeps us in one piece and protects our delicate insides from the world. As we age our skin becomes drier, but there are some easy ways of keeping it well moisturised and in supple and healthy condition. This month I decided to do some research into the different ways we can maintain our skin’s natural beauty.

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  • A Natural Approach to Oral Health

    Splat Charcoal Toothpaste Splat Charcoal Toothpaste

    We all know good oral hygiene is very important, and yet it is so often the last thing that we think of until just before we have to go to the Dentist. When we were children we always went to a Dentist in Clonakilty, so it was a day out, and for some unknown reason, although we were generally only allowed sugar once a week, we would always be taken for apple pie afterwards. Perhaps as a result of that pie, I don’t have any fear of visiting the Dentist - but it’s still an experience I try to limit as much as possible. So this month I decided to explore some of the new - and some of the the traditional - natural approaches to oral hygiene, including charcoal toothpaste, oil pulling and sweets and chewing gum that is actually good for your teeth!!

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  • Forming Healthy Habits for Mind and Body

    Hello everyone - I hope you had a magical Christmas and are feeling well rested and ready for the New Year! This time of year is a great time to start a new routine of self-care, for showing your body and mind a bit of love and getting into some good healthy habits. There are a lot of colds and flus around so it can be a good idea to pay attention to immune boosting nutrients, plus your digestive system might need a bit of TLC after the excesses of Christmas. And finally if you are feeling a little low - which happens to us all! - there are a few safe and natural things you can do to boost your mood.

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  • Your Natural Christmas Survival Pack

    I’m having a hard time believing it’s December! The year has flown, and we are well and truly in winter mode now - warm fires, stews and frosty winter walks. In Organico we are getting a lot of people coming in with colds & flus and tummy bugs at the moment however this month’s article is about helping you survive the Festive Period with grace and dignity! I’ve put together your Natural Christmas Survival Pack - tips from our staff, plus more excellent tips from members of our Facebook group “Organico Healthy Living Group”. There are a variety of options here to cover the main possible complications arising from Christmas - not that ANY of us suffer either digestive issues or stress over Christmas! But just in case either of these situations happen to arise, here are a few tips and tricks to get you through.

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  • Organico Christmas Opening Hours


    The Café will close at 6pm on Saturday 23rd December

    It will re-open at 9am on
    Wednesday 3rd January 2018


    The Shop will close at 6.15pm on Saturday 23rd December

    It will re-open at 10am on
    Wednesday 27th December

    (Closed New Years Day)

    Happy New Year!


    Don't miss our final Wine Club event for 2017


    Friday 15 December, 7pm – 8:30pm

    From great value organic prosecco to a delicious, rich, organic Corbieres, you will get to taste six different wines to enjoy through the festive season. Wines to match seafood, the Christmas feast and those aperitif wines for entertaining family and friends. Enjoy with some tasty nibbles provided by Organico. 

    Price: €25 - 10% discount on wine orders on the night.

    Organico Wine Club Christmas Event 2017




    450g white spelt flour (we also do 50/50 white and brown spelt which are really popular)
    50g caster sugar
    Pinch of salt
    1 heaped tsp baking powder
    70g butter, diced
    200mls buttermilk or kefir
    1 egg
    120g Organico’s mincemeat

    To make:
    Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

    Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together in a bowl.

    Add the diced butter and rub in until it resembles breadcrumbs, make a well in the middle of the flour.

    Measure 200mls of buttermilk into a measuring jug and crack the egg into it, whisk to combine and pour all but a few tablespoons into the middle of the flour, mix using the rest of the liquid if necessary to make a soft dough. Fold the mincemeat into the dough gently, then turn out onto a floured work surface, pat out to make a disk about 1 inch thick. Cut using a round cutter, this makes about 10 scones.

    Place on a floured baking tray and egg wash the top of each scone.

    Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy with butter, cream, jam, the works!

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