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Green Award for RehabCare Bray

17/12/2013 Green Award for RehabCare Bray

Green is the new black for RehabCare in Bray which has been awarded a Silver Sustainability Award from ECO-UNESCO for leading the way in caring for the environment! The people who use RehabCare services, along with staff were presented with their award by President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin. Following on from a Bronze Sustainability Award in 2012 for their work on reducing waste, saving energy and implementing a centre plan to reduce their carbon footprint, the people who use the services, along with the staff, have been working hard to not only maintain but also to improve their environment standards in the centre.

The first main project was the eco-garden known as the ‘Garden of Weed’en’ which was created out of recycled and waste materials including wooden pallets used as vegetable boxes, old tyres to grow potatoes in, old wellington’s used as flower and herb pots and an old barrel modified to create a rain water collection unit. Compost generated over the last few years from centre waste was used on all the plants.

The second project focused on furniture upcycling and involved seeking donations of old unwanted furniture and refurbishing the furniture either to its former glory or modernizing older pieces. Guest instructors were invited to the centre and everyone involved in the project learned the necessary skills needed to restore the furniture, including sanding, painting, re-cushioning and some delicate needle and thread work! All of the furniture was then sold at the centre craft fair. 

Ian Foran, programme supervisor, RehabCare in Bray lead the ECO-UNESCO project in the centre, “We are delighted and proud that both of these projects and the work continued from the previous year were rewarded by ECO-UNESCO. Everyone really got on board with the garden and furniture upcycling and worked really hard over the year. This isn’t just a one-off thing, everyone is now really environmentally aware and they are passing the message onto family and friends to live greener!”

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