Belfast, 17th July 2012
Coca-Cola Supports EU Sustainable Energy Week
EU Sustainable Energy Week, which took place across Europe from 18th – 22nd June, aimed to highlight the importance of energy efficiency, which is an issue more prevalent than ever as the EU strives to meet its 2020 environmental targets.
Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland partnered with some of the province’s leading environmental NGOs and community organisations to demonstrate its commitment to engaging in, and promoting sustainability.
Love the Lough
Employees joined local community groups and Tidy Northern Ireland representatives from the Rams Island Heritage Project to participate in a waterways protection event on Lough Neagh, Co. Antrim. The group had the opportunity to learn more about lough ecology and river care before participating in a clean up of the historic island and an energetic session of Himalayan Balsam Bashing. Himalayan Balsam is a non-native invasive plant which smothers lough and riverside habitats, substantially increasing the risk of riverbank erosion.
How Green is your Garden?
As part of Sustainable Energy Week, which this year coincided with National Recycle Week, Coca-Cola HBC donated 10,000 recycled plastic bottles to the Belfast City Council Greenhouse Project. Sculptor John Palmer built three greenhouses from the bottles and the largest was displayed at Belfast City Hall. Working alongside the Parks Department, Belfast City Council will donate the greenhouses to community gardens in various locations across the city.
A Passion for Trashy Fashion!
Students from Holy Trinity College, Cookstown have taken recycling to another level and created two remarkable piece of cutting-edge couture from recycled Coca-Cola cans, lids and labels.
Designed and created by 17 year old A-Level Art and Design student Jose Varandas, these original and innovative fashion designs won the Ulster final of the Junk Kouture Fashion Awards. The Junk Kouture Awards challenge students to create High Fashion Couture from everyday junk.
Jose’s creations are currently on display in the Coca-Cola Visitors Experience at the company’s Knockmore Hill plant. Find out more at www.junkkouture.com
One Big Shine UP!
Portrush was the focus of the golfing world when the Irish open came to town earlier this summer, but before this event teed off Coca-Cola joined forces with Tidy NI for the ‘One Big Shine Up’, coastal clean-up event.
The events carried out in support of EU Sustainable Energy Week form just part of Coca-Cola HBC Ireland’s environmental stewardship programme, which aims to inspire employees and members of the public to respect and protect their environment.
For more information, please contact:
Public Affairs and Communications Manager
Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland
Phone number: + 44 28 92 64 2000