Lately, I have brought back my plastic salad serving dish to the café where I sometimes buy my lunch, the Olive Green on Baggott Street. The proprietor has been thrilled that I am reusing this container and has rewarded me with a free baked item (scone one day and a Danish the other). This is an unexpected treat but appreciated nonetheless.
It got me to thinking about the amount of waste created from our purchases of food that come in single-use containers…coffee cups and lids, plastic containers, paper and plastic bags, utensils, bottled water and other drinks.
Following the concerns over charitable donations and executive pay top-ups, we at VOICE wanted to share with you our outgoings in terms of staff payments.
What is upcycling?
The colourful weekend market, which took place in Stillorgan Park Hotel, was a haven for upcycled bits and bobs. Upcycling is bringing an old object back to life by giving it a new function, purpose or recreating it completely. The difference between upcycling and recycling, according to Lynn Haughton, founder of The Upcycle Movement, is that “when you recycle something – generally the components are broken down and the result is an item of lesser quality e.g. recycled paper.”
We have just published our latest newsletter where we discuss various food waste reduction initiatives around the country and recession-busting hints.
As my few remaining apples drop from my apple tree in the back garden, I came to wonder what everyone is doing with their spare apples/plums/pears this time of year. One of my colleagues at work discovered an abandoned apple orchard in North County Dublin in the back of an old, abandoned institution. She has harvested a good few apples and has made some beautiful desserts from them.
Disco Soup in Galway City a Huge Success!!
If we are waiting for the government, the troika or investing companies to come in like white knights to save our economy, we’ll be waiting until the proverbial cow comes home. I have just read a most insightful book, The Power of Just Doing Stuff by Rob Hopkins, the founder of the Transition Town movement and have been inspired at what local communities have achieved.
Charity Hack, the brainchild of Kevin Delaney from the Irish Cancer Society, brought together five charities and around 25 hackers (people with fundraising, communications, charity and other experiences) to develop new campaigns. VOICE was one of the participants.