Help reduce the plastic problem

Posted on: 15th January, 2018

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

Over eight million tons of new plastic rubbish is finding its way into our oceans every year. It’s a frightening statistic, especially when you consider China’s plastics ban (from January 1 China will no longer take our plastic waste) and Ireland’s little capacity to recycle plastic. More than 95 per cent of Irish plastic was recycled in China in 2016.

So, while we wait for the government to come up with a strategy, what can we as individuals do to reduce the problem – before the 300,000 tonnes of plastic packaging that we generate annually starts piling up around us!

“Well for a start we need to call a halt to single use plastics,” says Kinsale woman Maggie Minnion, who for the past two years has been offering a re-fill service at her eye-catching market stall The Filling Station.

The Cork Environment Forum recently presented Maggie with an eco award in recognition of her work in helping people re-use single-use plastic bottles.

There are over 20 eco-friendly household products available at The Filling Station, from laundry liquid and hair shampoo to cider vinegar to plant food.

“Once people get into the habit of refilling it becomes second nature and they not only get the satisfaction of knowing they are saving the environment from unnecessary plastic pollution but they are also saving money, and getting quality eco-friendly products,” says Maggie.

Maggie’s Filling Station stall goes to weekly Farmer’s Markets in Kinsale (Wednesday), Clonakilty (Friday) and Skibbereen (Saturday). The stall also has other eco-friendly goods such as bamboo products (toothbrushes and socks), ’naked’ soaps, and some bulk foods such as organic rice.

“I have seen a marked increase in people’s awareness of the problems of plastic pollution. Walking along any beach or on TV programmes such as Blue Planet presented by Sir David Attenborough you see the problems caused by discarded plastic bottles,” she added. “ Switching to re-using single-use plastic containers is a simple way for all of us to reduce the problem.”

In welcoming the Award Kieron Phillips of the Environmental Protection Agency described the business as integrating economic, social and environmental benefits.

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13th April, 2018  ·  

An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

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