Our Work is divided into several sections:
When we think about waste, most people think about the bins we put out to be collected each week or the litter on our roads and scattered in the countryside. We don’t worry about where it goes, as long as it is taken away. As they say, out of sight, out of mind.
Globally, we throw away 1.3 billion tonnes of food annually…ironically, there are around 1.3 billion people going hungry every day. At home, Ireland households and businesses waste one million tonnes of food each year…that’s 2 ½ times Croke Park, filled to the top. Meanwhile, the world is growing exponentially with population levels expected to reach over 9.5 billion in 2050 and we won’t have enough food to feed them unless we do something now.
With Ireland’s famous amount rain, many of us think we shouldn’t have to worry about water or pay for it as if falls freely from the sky. However, as the debate continues about Irish Water, there is no disagreement that water is a precious resource. We are very fortunate that Ireland does receive the amount of rainfall that it does, but often it falls where it is not needed.
Recycling Ambassador Programme
And we’re off!! Thanks to all who came out to help us launch our new project this morning, we are delighted to have this up and running. Our team of ambassadors are all set and ready to host recycling workshops all across the country!
Ireland’s First Zero Waste Festival
An organic movement has begun in Ireland to embrace zero waste.
Food Rescue and Burren Food Trail collaborate!
Earth Day saw Voice carry out a very special collaboration with the Burren Food Trail in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare! Read on to hear more about this enjoyable, engaging event.
Food Rescue Ballyclough generates funds for local school!
On April 4th, the due behind We Make Do held a successful Food Rescue event in Ballyclough Cork which raised €600 for the local school and fed approximately 80 local people with food that would have gone to waste! Read more here.
Food Rescue at the 5 Lamps Arts Festival!
On Saturday 1st April, VOICE history was made as for the first time ever, our Food Rescue was brought to the 5 Lamps Arts Festival.
For two hours on a rainy April Fools Day, a bustling atmosphere filled the hall of SWAN Youth Services. We had cooking demonstrations, music, a ‘coffee upcycling’ station, a recipe and skill-share with Connect the Dots and a documentary screening of a film about food waste. What a way to spend a wet Saturday afternoon! Read all about it here.
Launch of Towards Zero Waste Cashel!
Cashel Co. Tipperary recently followed in the footsteps of San Francisco and Ljubljana as Zero Waste Cashel was Launch ZWCofficially launched.
“Towards Zero Waste Cashel” is an 18-month pilot initiative which promotes reducing waste and repairing and repurposing items, and was officially launched last Thursday March 2nd at the Rock of Cashel. Cashel is the first town in Ireland to make the journey towards zero waste a reality.