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Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Blog, Food Waste, General News, Repair, Waste | 0 comments

VOICE Coordinator speaks to NearFM – listen back here!

Tweet   Mindy O’Brien, coordinator of VOICE, spoke to Noel McGuinness of NearFM on January 13th about waste prevention in 2017. Asumptions about cost, excessive bureaucracy, convenience, practicality…all are delved into in this interview which explores food waste packaging, the repair industry, and the use of reuseable coffee cups! Contrary to Noel’s assumption, food waste packaging is actually disimproving as we are now seeing “bananas, avocados and oranges in plastic”. Fruits with such think skins surely don’t require an extra layer of plastic, a plastic that is in fact very difficult to recycle. What’s more, the packaging may encourage us to buy more than we need, causing us to waste food a few days later – not what we need when we know we Irish are throwing out 25% of our fruit and veg. However, many people out there assume that packaged food is generally cheaper. In fact, the opposite is more often than not true; it is often cheaper to buy unpackaged! Mindy’s example of packaged cheese costing...

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Blog, General News, Waste |

The ’12 Wastes of Christmas’ – tips to reduce waste this Christmas

The ’12 Wastes of Christmas’ – tips to reduce waste this Christmas

Tweet    Christmas has traditionally been a time of celebration and somewhat over-indulgence. Images of a Christmas tree shining with lights and baubles and a roaring fire with stockings hanging from the mantel are brought to mind. However, in our endeavours to make our homes festive and our stomachs full, we can overlook the amount of waste that the festive season brings. Figures from Repak show that in Ireland, our packaging waste increases by up to 25% over the holiday season, with a staggering 74,000 tonnes of used glass, paper and cardboard being produced (that’s 44 kilos of waste per household!). We get through 6 million rolls of wrapping paper, 50 million bottles of beer, 51 million beer cans, 3 million spirit bottles, 23 million wine bottles and 20 million soft drink cans. But it’s not just the packaging waste, the amount of food waste increases significantly as well, particularly for foods that are deemed traditional but not always relished at the Christmas Table. Another growing issue is the...

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