Fair Trade Plus

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

In the com­ing months Balt­in­glass Fair Trade+ is pro­mot­ing its ‘Stand4­fair­ness-4-the-en­vi­ron­ment’ project in the lo­cal­ity. The project is funded by Wick­low County Coun­cil as part of Lo­cal Agenda 21 En­vi­ron­men­tal Part­ner­ship Fund 2018. The aim is to en­cour­age a de­crease in the use of plas­tics and an in­crease in re­cy­cling rates in our com­mu­nity. Balt­in­glass Fair Trade+ will be work­ing with lo­cal busi­nesses, schools and clubs to make this hap­pen.

The project got off to a great start dur­ing the sum­mer, when 12 cafés and pubs through­out West Wick­low came on board with the Re­fill.ie ini­tia­tive, promis­ing vis­i­tors no-quib­ble tap wa­ter re­fills when they present re-use­able con­tain­ers. While en­deav­our­ing to ex­pand the Re­fill.ie project, Balt­in­glass Fair Trade+ is also in­tro­duc­ing the Con­scious Cup ini­tia­tive to the area. With this, cus­tomers who present their own re-use­able cof­fee cups for take­aways are re­warded with some­thing off the price or ex­tra loy­alty points.

The first of a se­ries of com­mu­nity aware­ness events will take place in Balt­in­glass on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, and plans are un­der way for this (de­tails to fol­low). In­for­ma­tion boards are also be­ing pre­pared for dis­play in lo­ca­tions within the com­mu­nity and in­for­ma­tion leaflets will also be avail­able. Look out for the ‘Stand4­fair­ness-4-the-en­vi­ron­ment’ project and help our com­mu­nity lead the way in de­creas­ing plas­tics and in­creas­ing re­cy­cling.

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