Four NUI Galway students on a mission to make Galway plastic free – with plans for bring-your-own lunchbox campaign

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Kayleigh Flynn, Claire Coleman, Caolan Kelly and Patrick Hurley are four second-year biomedical science students and they are on a mission to make Galway plastic free. The four students have undertaken an environmental project as part of their Community Knowledge Initiative Programme module. Their project ‘Make Galway Plastic Free’ ultimately aims to raise awareness of the wastefulness of single-use plastics.  “Initially we […]

“The frequency of microplastics was one of the highest that has ever been found.” Ocean plastic study leaves us wondering, what now?

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Microplastics (Source: Oregon State University on Flickr) Lorna Shaughnessy didn’t move to Galway just to be a lecturer in the NUIG Spanish Department, she fell in love with the rugged Connemara landscape and crisp ocean waves crashing against the Burren. Now, years later, she is concerned about the increasing amount of plastic she sees washed […]

CCAFS society on mission to reduce waste on campus

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Members of the Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) society are spreading awareness about consumption and waste through creative initiatives around campus. Every two weeks 1 million coffee cups are thrown into Irish landfills, and washing clothes sends millions of microplastics into the ocean. But with such a largescale problem, is it possible for […]

Reduce, Reuse, ReCupán

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New campaign to help both your pocket and the planet You have probably never put much thought into where your morning coffee cup ends up when thrown in the bin before class, especially if it’s before 10am. However new reports show that here in Ireland we are disposing of over 2 million coffee cups into […]

New Programme Seeks Projects with Social and Environmental Impacts in Ireland

Celestial Green Ventures, an environmental conservation company based in Ireland, is pleased to announce the launch of their Social Funding Programme, aimed at helping small projects and start-ups all over the Republic of Ireland make a difference in their communities. Although their primary concern is the protection of the Amazon and sustainable development for the […]