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Inner City Children Build Greenhouse from 1,000 Plastic Bottles

Dublin 19th February 2014.  Children aged between 8 and 12 years of age from the South West Inner City Network have created a greenhouse using recycled plastic bottles. The greenhouse was assembled using 1,000 plastic bottles recycled by Panda customers and the design supports an irrigation system for watering crops grown inside. The greenhouse is now being entered into ECOUNESCO's Young Environmentalist Award.


Located at Weavers Square Community Gardens in Dublin 8, the plan is to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers that will be used in other SWICN projects.
Ivanna Chovgan of SWICN said “the children have been planning, designing and creating this inventive greenhouse since September 2014.  It is really something to see it fully complete and on site. Everybody involved is really proud of their collective achievement. The innovative way the children have used the recycled plastic bottles from Panda customers shows how enterprising our young people are.  I'd like to thank Panda and their customers for their support of this project, they've been great”.


Paul O 'Doherty from Panda said “Using Panda customers recycled plastic bottles to design something so innovative and imaginative is an achievement that the SWICN children should be very proud of. We're delighted to see Panda customers' recycled plastic bottles used in such an ingenious way.  Our support for this project reflects our commitment to protecting the environment and we wish the children every success in the competition”.


Repak Recycling Company of the Year in 2014, Panda's 175,000 customers recycle 20 million plastic bottles every year. Panda ensures that all of these plastic bottles are sent to be recycled into other useful products. More than 650 people are employed by Panda which is Ireland's largest recycling company.
The Greenhouse will now be entered into ECO-UNESCO's Young Environmentalist Awards and all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment be it in their school, community or even further afield.


For more information contact:
Philip Jones MKC Communications 01 7038600 / 086 7790744


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