Cobh Zero Waste Market Stall

The Cobh Zero Waste Market stall, in operation since January 2019, located in Cobh’s lovely promenade is open on the last Friday of every month from 9A.M. to 1 P.M, we are back open since the 12th of June 2020 (Practising social distancing of course!!)

We are currently recruiting for volunteers who would be available Friday Mornings. We are hoping with more volunteers that Cobh Zero Waste market stall can be at the market more frequently during the month.

 Our volunteer slots will be two hours long, Friday morning at 9-11, or 11-1.

 Please contact us via the text box below/ through any of our social media or send us an email, if this is something that you would be interested in. 

 So far, our products available include: 

What To Expect at The Cobh Zero Waste Market Stall.

  • Lilly’s washing up liquid
  • Lilly’s laundry liquid 
  • Lilly’s degreaser
  • Lilly’s toilet cleaner
  • Lilly’s citrus multi surface spray cleaner (all of our Lilly’s products will be sold  @15% of standard retail cost &  we currently sell either a bottle or a refill for all of Lilly’s products)
  • Palm oil free soaps
  • palm oil free deodorant bars
  • palm oil free shaving/body bars
  • palm oil free scrubs (made with organic coconut)
  • Plastic free greeting cards (Beautiful photographs taken by Sally O’ Reilly & packaged in a biodegradable wrap)
  • Washable face masks €10, with proceeds going to Cobh Hospital.

We hope to stock shampoo bars and refills soon, we would love to hear what you would like us to stock, if you have any suggestions please drop them below. 

We are also seeking a more permanent location for refills, so if you have any suggestions regarding that please email us!

Our Market Stall is the best way to chat to us and hear what’s going on!

We are looking forward to seeing you, so don’t be shy!

If you’d like more info about volunteering an occasional Friday morning, click here.

Cobh Zero Waste Market Stall with Ruth, Orsi and Moggy

Dearbhla Richardson || 9-June-2020


18 Zero Waste Hacks For Leaving the House

Leaving the house and remaining zero waste takes a little planning, but probably not as much as you think. Remember, not so long ago we didn’t have to pay for plastic bags; these days bringing your reusables to the supermarket is as second-nature as grabbing your wallet.

Read through our easy hacks that will help you make a big difference when you’re out and about.

Zero Waste Hacks For Leaving the House.

  • Try to stop impulse buying. Before making a purchase ask yourself do you really need this and why am I buying this? Be honest with yourself and NEVER shop when you are hungry! That might help reduce your waist too!
  • Can you walk, cycle or use public transport to get where you’re going rather than driving? Can we make another “reducing your waist” joke?!
  • If you’re planning to get takeaway, ask if there are compostable or recyclable container options. If the answer is no, you’ll at least have raised it with the business. If the answer is yes, shout it from the rooftops so other people can support the business. (This is one of our favourite Zero Waste Hacks For Leaving the House; use social media or word of mouth to tell people every time you encounter a business doing their best).
  • Check out our Zero Waste Shopping in Cobh page to find out what businesses can offer you eco alternatives to everyday items.
  • Keep a shopping bag folded and in your handbag or pocket so you can always refuse a plastic bag at the shop. 
  • Keep a fork and handkerchief in your bag in case you buy food on the go – it saves having to use a plastic one. 
  • Join your local library and start swapping books with your friends.
  • Remember that you don’t need to buy zero waste/plastic-free products to start your journey. Using what you already have is always more sustainable than buying something new. 
  • Share your journey with others – none of us are perfect and we are all in this together. Join the Zero Waste Ireland community on Facebook to get inspired by, and inspire, other people who are discovering clever hacks for reducing their waste. 
  • When heading to a party, wrap gifts in newspapers/magazines, your kids’ artwork (make a big deal of how special this makes it) or even re-usable textiles. Wrapping paper is normally not recyclable and is weirdly expensive. 
  • Keep the ribbons from those luxury boxes of chocolates and reuse them when wrapping gifts.
  • When upgrading your phone make sure to check local charities as many will take your old device and give it to someone in need rather than throwing it out. Those metals are a precious resource!
  • When you do buy things, go for quality. A well-made product will last longer than a cheap one. It may cost more in the short term but will last much longer.
  • One of our favourite zero waste hacks for leaving the house can happen before you even walk out the door. Check classified ads like Gumtree, websites like eBay, and Facebook Marketplace before you make a purchase. You might find what you need secondhand or even nearly-new, often for a much better price too.
  • Rechargeable batteries are great and work out much cheaper in the long run. 
  • Put a “No Junk Mail” sign next to your letterbox so you don’t come home to waste you didn’t choose. Switch to paperless for your bills like electricity and broadband; you might be surprised if you saw how much paper one year of bills uses. All service providers offer this service now and will simply email you your bills. 
  • When giving presents make it yourself or re-gift something you already have. Everyone loves something thoughtfully handmade with love.
  • Before throwing stuff out, put them on a buy and sell sites or offer them free to take away. There is always someone who may find a use for it. The Cobh Freecycling group is ideal for passing things along locally.

We want to hear your zero waste hacks for leaving the house. Join the conversation in the comments below or find us on Facebook.

Want more Zero Waste tips? Check out our room-by-room tips here.


9 Zero Waste Kids Tips

Zero waste kids? Not possible, right? Well, if we remember that Zero Waste is the ideal, we can focus on the small steps that lower waste even in our younglings’ lives. Like all things parenting, it’s about progress, not perfection, amiright?!

Another way to view it is, far from being a tricky task, setting yourself the challenge of zero wasting the kids – or low wasting them – can be pretty easy with the right information and decisions. Kids accumulate throw-away knick-knacks and single-use plastics almost as quickly as they accumulate dirt. The difference is, you’re never going to win the battle against the dirt.

So let’s look at some tips for adding a little zero waste to the kids’ world. Even if you don’t always succeed with the reduction in plastic not-so-fantastic, you’ll still be modelling an important lifestyle choice to one of the most important people on the planet; your child.

Zero Waste Kids Tips.

  • Forgo the plastic-packed party goody-bags in favour of something practical (and very reusable) like a fun pair of socks that they can all wear at school the next day to keep the party going.
  • DIY paper bags decorated by the birthday child is far more personal than a plastic party bag (and might buy you a bit of peace to have a cuppa before the onslaught!).
  • Turn the goody-bag into the entertainment by having a cupcake or cookie decorating competition and let them take some home. 
  • More and more Irish parents are embracing fiver parties, where the guests bring a fiver (instead of a cheapo toy). It reduced waste, clutter, and gives the birthday child something to look forward to when the party ends. And yes, there is a non-cringey way to word it on the invites. 
  • Reusable nappies have come a long way since the towelling and giant safety pin days of our youths. Supermarkets regularly stock stylish and all-in-one nappies that are as easy to use as disposables (but waaaay prettier!). 
  • If cloth nappying is a step too far, try ditching the disposable wipes for reusable ones. They are so much better at doing their dirty job, super easy to make or buy, and far less likely to cause irritation. Oh, and they don’t take 100 years to decompose – yikes!
  • Zero waste for kids doesn’t have to mean burlap sack trousers and darned socks. Buying second hand can also mean buying stylish, even trendy clothes. Have a look on Facebook Marketplace for bundles of clothes that people are selling by age. Or if you need something specific, put a shoutout in the Cobh Freecycling group and give other parents the opportunity to pass along once-loved goodies.
  • Every parent of a toddler is familiar with the one-bite apple, pear, banana etc. Toddler desperately wants a piece of fruit, takes one bite, then plops it down and completely forgets about it. Why not slice up the fruit and pop it into the freezer, ready for a quick smoothie?
  • Try replacing their snacks that are wrapped in single-use plastic with something more sustainable. Freeze leftover smoothies and juices in ice-lolly moulds for a cool treat. Push an ice-lolly stick into a slice of watermelon or make fruit kebabs instead of lollipops. Save any small jars for on-the-go mini-yoghurts decanted from a larger tub. Reusable baby food pouches are a great investment not just for the weaning stage, but when they’re older and want juice from a novelty bottle. 

Want more easy to achieve tips? Check out our ever-expanding Zero Waste at Home Tips here.

P.S. We want to hear your zero waste kids’ tips. Feel free to contact us directly or via Facebook.