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TEACH A MAN TO FISH… HOW GILLS OF COBH ARE ECO INNOVATORS

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KUDOS TO GILLS TRADITIONAL FISH & CHIPS, COBH CO. CORK

At Down2Earth Materials we have the fortune to be able to work with some of the most highly innovative and inspiring people within the foodservice industry. People and businesses within this industry that opt to use our fully compostable packaging (instead of their conventional counterparts) are what we (in the office) call ‘Future Thinkers.’  They are people that are doing all they can to reduce their impact on an environment which, lets face it, is already a shell of its former self.

photo copyWith this in mind we are thrilled to hear that one of our compostable customers, Gills Traditional Fish and Chips of Cobh Co. Cork,  has gone one step further by installing their own on-site composting machine. The composting machine, which was funded by Cobh Tidy Towns, has been implemented into the day-to-day operations of their business and it is already proving highly beneficial in terms of savings.

USING THE COMPOSTER HAS REDUCED OUR COMBINED WASTE AND RECYCLING BILL BY AN AVERAGE OF 45% A MONTH.

composterThe Composting machine, designed in Sweden, is an insulated tumbler composter. It is a sealed unit and designed to keep the compost over 70 degrees. Perfect for turning around compost quickly, as some of Down2Earth’s PLA (polylactic Acid) packaging needs over 63 degrees to breakdown. Keith Sparrow, owner of the fish and chip shop in Cobh composts the Down2Earth packaging along with vegetable peelings, batter waste from all hot food preparation as well as shredded cardboard and sawdust among other things. He has cleverly initiated a scheme where customers can return their compostable food packaging once the food has been consumed. Now there’s a community scheme we can get behind!!

This all means that there will be a total of 247.04kgs or 543.51lbs of non oil based packaging potentially diverted from landfill. 

Vegware_compost_1101_hands_800 pxKeith also uses his social media presence to help educate and promote to his customers the huge environmental benefits of what his business has implemented. In fact Gills Fish and Chips have been doing so much to improve their carbon footprint and to inspire others to follow suit that they recently won an award from the Cork Enviornment Forum in the business sector for 2013. An award that is most definitely deserving!!

For a business such as Gills, we think what they have implemented is not only an incredibly efficient and praise-worthy initiative, but is something that we hope might inspire other food business owners to follow suit. For all our blog readers we urge you all to visit Gills in Cobh, not just to sample their beautiful fish and chips, but to congratulate them on what they are striving to attain. Changing people’s attitudes is a long and arduous path (we are indeed creatures of habit) but people like Keith Sparrow from Gills are showing that the way to truly educate people is to allow them into the process. Like the old Chinese proverb goes:

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. 

Thanks Keith, for teaching us how to fish!

Gills Traditional Fish and Chips, 7 Midleton St, Cobh, Co. Cork

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Bye for now,

Paul

 

 

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