It’s a simple idea that could make a huge impact.
A Cork website that helps users find free drinking water fill-up spots all over the country is one of three projects that have been awarded supports to the value of €200,000.
The fund, created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Cork Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Rural and Community Development, will be shared among groups promoting sustainability in Cork through environmental awareness, community inclusion and employment.
In an effort to reduce single-use plastic and water bottle waste, Refill.ie plans to introduce a zero-waste mobile drinking water service for Cork events.
An extended ‘Tap Map’ service to show people where to find no-quibble free tap water for refills and a free-to-use Community Refill Hub, which will provide free-to-use filtered water to the public, are also in the works.
The two other Sustainable Cork Fund recipients are Nasc’s Gateway to Inclusion project, which provides supports for female migrants and refugees to pursue education and employment opportunities and NCE Outreach, which offers further education, training and employment for people engaged in post-addiction treatment programmes and probation services.
“It has never been more important for us all to think and act sustainably and inclusively, and Nasc, Refill.ie and NCE Outreach are making great strides in this area,” said Caroline O’Driscoll, Board Director at Rethink Ireland.
“This much-deserved recognition will allow them to continue their innovative work, building to a better future.”
The not-for-profit organisations were among 66 who applied for the Sustainable Cork Fund, which was created to commemorate Cork Chamber of Commerce’s 200-year anniversary.