Updated: Jan 27
Is the weekend! What a busy week it has been with the Biodiversity conference in Dublin and The Young Environmentalist Awards, such amazing talent, well done to everyone.
We have a very exciting week coming up here at Earthology. Next week is Bloom 2019 in the Phoenix park and we are delighted to be officially launching our business in collaboration with the next generation as we are creating a Postcard Garden in conjunction with the Irish Girl Guides. As a business we focus on igniting the discussion in businesses and amongst employees on how to live and work in a more sustainable way. We will be charting our progress during the event on our instagram and twitter feeds. We only have a day to build the garden so it's going to be a challenge!
Our garden, #Pledgeagainstplastic focuses on the ways in which we can reduce our plastic use and focuses on the 5 R's of Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.
Refuse: Grow own vegetables and fruits and avoid the need for buying them in plastic
Reduce: Use materials such as Beeswrap instead of clingfilm to wrap your lunch
Reuse: Use plastic containers again as planters
Recycle: Send your soft plastics like crisp packets to Terracycle to be made into new plastic Rot: Use a compost bin or brown bin for your food waste to avoid it going to landfill
Members of the Irish Girl Guides from all over the country have been collecting bottle tops and making ecobricks to create our garden. The back of our garden features a Pledge wall that the Brownies and Guides have signed with their pledges to reduce their use of plastic. We have 2 large planters made from recycled plastic (From Murray's Recycled Plastic in Castlebar) that are filled with home grown vegetables and flowers. We have two fantastic pear trees that will give fruit in the autumn and will be replanted at one of the Girl Guide Cottages.
Members of all ages have been involved in helping with the garden and have developed an understanding of the plastic pollution problem and what we can do to solve it. They have made bug hotels from plastic containers, planted seeds and created ecobricks which has given them (and their parents!) an appreciation of the amount of plastic used today. The girls made our fabulous Earth with blue plastic bottle tops representing the oceans with 5 red bottle tops representing the 5 guiding centres from across the world in the UK, Switzerland, Mexico, India and Africa.
We hope that you will come and visit our garden in Bloom 2019! You can find us at the Postcard section at the Red Entrance, by the entrance to the Floral Pavillion, with our Bottle top Earth, you won't be able to miss us!