Our One Good Idea finalists from 2020 joined us for a virtual final where they showcased their video campaigns. They presented some innovative ideas for saving energy and tackling climate change. Read more about our Winners below.
Team: The Party Bag Busters
Topic: Climate Action
School: St Clare's Convent National School
About the campaign
The Party Bag Busters looked at how the production of party bags consumes energy. They bags are made of fossil fuels and energy is used to transport them factories to warehouses, to shops and then kids parties. They estimate that in one year alone that children in Ireland between 4 and 8 years old would throw away over 3 million party bags. They can't be recycled so end up in landfill or incinerated. They wants kids to stop giving out party bags and reduce the pressure on parents to have them.
The team did lots of research and surveys to find out how party bags are used. They created thier 1-minute film and screened it in their school. They also visited two other primary schools to show their film. They did a lot of promotion on Twitter and RTE visited the school to intereview the team. This simple idea is easy for everyone to do, so next time you have a party, don't invite the party bag.
Post Primary Winners
Team: The Binjas
Topic: Saving Energy at School
School: Dunmore Community College
About the campaign
The Binjas wanted to save energy by reducing the amount of single use plastic bought in thier school canteen and encourage everyone to have a reusable bottle. They want to make the school single use plastic free by 2021. They also wanted to ensure that all waste was correctly disposed of.
They worked with the principal and Galway County Council to get a free water filler in the school. They got bins for each classroom to ensure recycling isn't contaminated. The team carried out a survey of the school to see who used reusable bottles. Once the water filler was installed they did a promotional campaign to encourage everyone to have a reusable bottle. Over the 4 weeks the number with reusable bottles went from 13% to 45%. Ther created their 1-minute film and promoted it with posters, emails and held workshops in classes to show how energy is used to make plastic and how we all have a part to play.