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Plastic Free 4 Schools comes to County Cork

Workshops designed to help schools go plastic free are now being rolled out to primary schools across County Cork. Plastic Free 4 Schools is the brainchild of Dr Tara Shine and Madeleine Murray, co-founders of Change by Degrees and Plastic Free Kinsale. They designed the programme to help schools reduce their use of single use plastics and to enable schools and their pupils to be ambassadors for reducing plastic waste in their communities.

Launching Plastic Free 4 Schools Cork, Dr Tara Shine and Madeleine Murray said “We want to help your school to avoid single use plastics, reduce waste and maximise recycling. Your school can then act as an ambassador in your community to turn the tide on plastic pollution by showing what can be done and by having fun doing it. We can’t wait to have you and your school onboard”.

Thanks to funding from The Community Foundation, Change by Degrees will deliver 100 free school workshops across Co. Cork between February and June 2020. Interested primary schools should visit the Change by Degrees website to sign up for a workshop –

Hurry as demand is expected to be high! Ann Foulds, Schools Outreach Officer for the programme will be in touch with schools that sign up to arrange a date and time for their free workshop.

Ann Foulds, Schools Outreach Officer for Plastic Free 4 Schools said “The workshops use interactive toys and activities and set three actions for students to take, like making their packed lunch single-use plastic free. The students are always so engaged and inquisitive and ready for the challenge”.

In 2019, Change by Degrees delivered Plastic Free 4 Schools workshops to 4,276 students in 49 schools in Co. Tipperary with the support of the Tony Ryan Fund for Tipperary. Hundreds of other schools around the country have accessed the free online materials available on the Change X platform and are also making change happen (

Through Plastic Free 4 Schools teachers and students can expect to learn how to change their daily habits to eliminate single use plastics from their schools and access the inspiration and information they need to be ambassadors in their communities. Follow on lesson ideas with strong curriculum links to SESE and SPHE will also be provided to teachers.


Photo of Ann Foulds, Schools Outreach officer delivering a Plastic Free 4 Schools workshop in a school in Co. Tipperary last year.

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