Environment Awareness & Education

Going Green!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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A group of small businesses in one of Ireland’s best loved seaside towns have announced details of a new initiative - ‘Glasthule and Sandycove Going Green’ focused primarily on reducing plastic use with ambitions to also cut their waste, energy and water consumption.

The campaign will be launched at 12 noon on Bloomsday, [16th June] in Glasthule by Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D.

As a first step, the initiative has set a target for local businesses to substitute three of their single-use, non-compostable plastics with biodegradable alternatives by the end of the year. 

Announcing details, Mark Caviston of Caviston’s Food Emporium and seafood restaurant said: “Living in such a beautiful seaside area, we are particularly conscious of the need to protect our ocean. The issue of plastic pollution is something that needs to be addressed and it’s exciting to be part of a group of businesses taking real, meaningful action on this issue. We have already switched to biodegradable containers and wooden cutlery, are encouraging customers to bring their own container to our fish counter and are switching away from non-recyclable coffee cups. Many other businesses are making similar changes”.

Businesses have produced their own list of actions and these will be displayed in each shop with special signage and suggestions on how consumers can support the initiative. Customers are being asked to bring their own reusable coffee cups, water bottles, tote bags, or containers.