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Feel Good Week with Pieta House

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We were very lucky to have our wonderful staff participate in Feel Good Week with Pieta House.

'The nationwide festival of wellness, mindfulness, active, social, fun and funky events designed to help you find the feeling that reminds you how good you can feel – and to use that feeling to do some good and raise some vital funds for Pieta House too.'

Our staff and Co. walked 5km through the beautiful Mullaghmeen Forest , Co. Westmeath on the 21st October . They raised €550 it was donated to the cause. 

We are very proud our staff and think they deserve a pat on the back! Well done folks! 

For more info on Pieta House and the Feel Good Week Click Here

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Posted on Wednesday, 7 November 2018  |  By Maura Brady

Fast Fashion not for the faint hearted

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It seems people are becoming more and more aware of the environment. Reusable products, turning off lights when not needed and even leaving the car at home and cycling to work instead are slowly becoming the norm. Although, the majority of people are unaware of clothes pollution and the massive tole it takes on our envirmonment! Believe it or not, fashion is the second most polluting industry, after oil, in the world. The fashion industry produces more than 100 Billion garments every year, and it is simply not sustainable for our planet to keep up.

Why is this? It is because of how they are made and what they are made of. Cotton is the biggest culprit as half of the clothes produced are made from it. Jeans are the most common item bought by the consumer with an average of 6-8 jeans per person. What is unknown to most consumers is that it takes a staggering 1,500 gallons of water to produce one pair of 

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Posted on Tuesday, 23 October 2018  |  By Maura Brady

Coffee Cup Catastrophe

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Posted on Monday, 17 September 2018  |  By Maura Brady

Be Sound in the Sun

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With a nationwide hose ban and water restrictions in designated areas, people are concerned that they may be left with no water whatsoever. The restrictions and bans include

  • Watering a garden
  • Cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a domestic hosepipe
  • Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe - excluding fish ponds
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic ornamental fountain 
  • Use of water for filling or replenishing an artificial pond, lake or similar application - - excluding fish ponds.

 

These are all completely understandable as everyone should put priorities first. We at Allied have started taking action and refrained from washing our trucks and vehicles. Our employees have also been informed about reducing water in the work place and to be responsible. Here are some ways that you can reduce your household consumption.

1. Reduce the Shower time, try set timers for each family member to reduce their time. Low water shower heads reduce the water while keeping the power can be bought in any hardware or online.

2. If you have an older toilet without 'dual flush'  a handy tip to reduce water is to , place a filled plastic or glass bottle in the cistern. This reduces the water flowing back into the toilet.

3. Only wash full loads or dishwashers. *Please fill....

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Posted on Thursday, 5 July 2018  |  By Maura Brady

The Last Straw

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These days it is becoming a lot more prevalent that single use plastic is no longer wanted in our lives. With documentaries such as David Attenborough's 'Blue Planet 2' and Leonardo Dicaprio's 'Climate Change', they are certainly making quite the impression on a large scale. They certainly pull on the heart strings by demonstrating how our negligence, and ignorance, has such a negative impact on our environment.  Wildlife and Marine life habitats are being wiped out or destroyed because of our consumers 'demand' for plastic and other disposable materials.  It is also said that the oceans will have nothing left but floating islands of plastic and refuse in 40 years.  Is that really fair for our future generations?

One step at a time makes all the difference, not to be repetitive but, reusable items such as coffee cups and water bottles are here to stay for the people who have made the switch.  There are so many plastic free alternatives toothbrushes, cotton buds and also the straw.

A small straw may not seem like a lot, when its usage is added up, plastic straws create a big problem for the environment. 

And, with the USA using 500 million...

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Posted on Tuesday, 12 June 2018  |  By Maura Brady

Latte Levy Scrapped

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Latte Levy Stopped

The Latte Levy was to be introduced this year by Environment Minister Dennis Naughton as a means to reduce plastic waste and coffee cups  going to landfill. This has now come to a halt as he believes many retailers are now introducing compostable cups. The 15 cent levy was to incentivise customers to use reusable cups as well as avert 250,000 cups A DAY! from landfill. Some retailers have already initiated their own incentives for customers i.e. reduced prices for reusable cups or free coffee if consumers purchase their own brand reusable coffee cups. Retailers are  also offering compostable or recyclable coffee cups but the likeliness of customers know which is which is highly unlikely.  

 

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Posted on Wednesday, 2 May 2018  |  By Maura Brady

Shop & Drop...no more plastic

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Organised by the 'sick of plastic campaign', people are being encouraged to leave the excess plastic packaging (very politely) after payment at the cashier till. Many shops are being informed of this campaign but if your local shop or retailer doesnt know be sure to give them the heads up! There has already been a big response with the media but still it is the power of the people who must make the change. The irish government is moving at a snails pace in comparison to some of it's european neighbours to reduce/eliminate single use or non recyclable materials. With a bit of knowledge and elbow grease recycling and reducing your waste can help the environment as well as your bin charges dramatically. To help distinguish what plastics can and cannot be recycled, www.recyclinglistireland.ie is here to do so. Unfortuntaly, a lot of the plastic that our fresh fruit and veg is concealed in cannot be recycled. Inevitably, it is put into the wrong bin which then takes up more time to separate from the recyclable material. It seems to be a lose-lose situation for us, the consumer, and so a solution would be is to be rid of it altogether. 

Sweden is a prime example of...

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Posted on Monday, 26 March 2018  |  By Maura Brady

Allied Service Update

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All services will resume as normal on Monday 5th of March. Please keep an eye on our service updates of rescheduled services from 28th - 2nd of March.

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Posted on Friday, 2 March 2018  |  By Maura Brady

Recycling List Ireland

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To keep up with international standards in recycling we have drawn up a list of the materials you can put in your household recycle bin. Please make sure items are clean, dry and placed loosely in the bin. If it’s not on the list, it’s not in the recycle bin.

Recycled materials such as paper and cardboard, metals and plastic can be sold on the global market but the prices and demand for these materials constantly change. To get the best value for our materials, they need to be cleaned and sorted. China and India are major buyers of recyclable material from Europe and they use these materials  for manufacturing instead of extracting raw materials. Over the past year, China and India have requested higher standards and are no longer purchasing mixed  materials such as plastics, paper or cardboard  baled together. For Ireland to sell its recyclable materials we need to be able to separate these materials quickly and easily. Each household must take care that they only add items from the list to the recycle bin and these items should be clean, dry and loose.It is equally important to reduce the amount of plastic waste into your household...

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Posted on Monday, 26 February 2018  |  By Maura Brady

Newsletter 2018

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Recycling and Waste disposal has been quiet the hot topic in recent months, between bin weight levies and Ireland now been ranked as Europe's top waste provider. On average a person living in Ireland produces 61kg of plastic waste each year. So many questions as to why this is the case. Why are we the biggest producers? Where does it comes from and where does it go? And most importantly what are we going to do about it? A difference certainly needs to be made starting here..

Why are we the TOP PRODUCER?

For some reason in Ireland, we feel the need to have every morsel of food wrapped in plastic and packaging. How did we cope all those years ago before we became a disposable nation. 30 years ago, the thoughts of buying bottled water and coffee-to-go was ludicrous and now it is quiet the norm...

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Posted on Thursday, 1 February 2018  |  By Maura Brady

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