Cabbage Garden & Vicinity Interagency Project

June 14, 2019

In your own words, tell us about your project.


We have constructed a snake made from single-use plastic by children from the local area of Dublin 8.

On 4 April at 18.45 guests came to witness the arrival of the snake, carried aloft by the creators.

More than 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year....we are literally drowning in plastic!

Young people in Dublin 8 collected lunch wrappers and snacks in the evening from ONE DAY in their classrooms and projects.

They created the Plastic Snake – more than 30ft long!

Not only did the young people look at the problem – they looked at solutions.

Use glass cups, or bamboo, WE can cut out plastic, so can YOU!’

Extract from ‘PLASTIC’, a musical composition by Eoghan Desmond, commissioned especially for the project.

For your copy of the sheet music and more information on the project, please email [email protected]

Why did you do this work?

Single-Use Plastic - Massive Volumes!

In response to the enormous volumes of single use plastic being generated in our communities we felt duty-bound to act.  We engaged the local schools and youth projects, and the initiative even made the Six One RTE news!  The news2day crew came to view the creation in Francis Street CBS school and interviewed the young people who were involved.

What was the impact or outcome of your project?

Further action

Young people who participated are making better choices and influencing their families

DEIS school lunch packaging choices are being reviewed

Local Scouting groups have initiated an eco-project

Internally in the Cathedral we are exploring our own policies on consumption and looking for alternatives

We held a community electrical recycling day in partnership with DCC, RecycleIT, The Iveagh Trust

We organised a substantial Community Clean-Up Day and had more than 100 people take part

We celebrated with an energetic Street Feast with a sustainable focus
Do you have any tips or advice for similar projects?
Lots of energy!
Which Sustainable Development Goals does your work link to?
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Location of Project
The Cabbage Quarter, Dublin 8
Contact Person
Kelley Bermingham
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