A group of small businesses in one of Ireland’sbest-lovedd 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.
Businesses are also encouraging customers to buy more sustainable products. For example, Rococo clothing store is selling sustainable bamboo based clothing, Hatch Coffee Shop is stocking reusable coffee cups and Mirella’s gift shop is selling 100% natural rubber baby toys. 64 Wines are promoting biodynamic wine, planting a green roof with herbs for their restaurant, and using compostable coffee cups and deli-food containers.
Local campaign coordinator, Dr Ruth Doyle said; “Now that businesses are switching to biodegradable containers, we are hoping that Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council can provide on-street bins for compostable waste, to fully realise the benefits of our efforts. Single use plastics are only used for a matter of minutes, but last for upwards of 500 years, causing huge environmental damage, particularly to our oceans. ‘Glasthule and Sandycove Going Green’ is just getting started. We are asking the community to come along to our launch at 12 noon on Saturday 16th June as part of the Bloomsday celebrations, learn from a recycling demonstration, and suggest actions we can take together to help create a healthy, vibrant and sustainable environment for all”.
Glasthule, Ireland, 16th June 2018. Glasthule and Sandycove Going Green A group of small businesses focused on reducing plastic use with Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D and Dr Ruth Doyle, Credit: Fabrice Jolivet/Alamy Live News
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