Green Winners at the DLR Chamber County Business Awards

by Gazette Reporter
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Bike Outdoor Pursuits won their Award for striving to reduce their environmental impact by implementing “trash-free trails” and” Leave not a Trace” policies, offering local home baked products with minimum packaging to their customers, planting their seating area with native Irish wildflowers and herbs, offering fresh filtered well water to all forest users and only selling water in reusable bottles.

The company has set targets to reduce its energy use by 20% over the next six months, to use a rainwater capture system to wash its bike rental fleet and to monitor and reduce the waste generated monthly in its segregated bin system.

Bike Outdoors Pursuits also hosts weekly forest clean ups, promotes cycling to work to its staff and implements ethical purchasing and responsible sustainable marketing policies in its activities. It will offset its carbon emissions and support biodiversity by planting 400 native trees and pollinator plants by 2023 and by maintaining natural nesting habitats for animals. 

Bike Outdoor Pursuits has two bike hire and café locations in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains where customers can hire road, touring or mountain bikes, take a mountain bike lesson or a road and mountain bike tour, partake in bike maintenance classes, complete training to become National Bike Instructors or just sit and have a barista coffee and locally produced home baked food. 

Bike Outdoor Pursuits were crowned Winner of the Green Business Award < 50 Employees category of the DLR Chamber County Business Awards 2022/23, sponsored by DLR County Council

Irish Village Markets received Highly Commended in the Green Business Award < 50 Employees category of the DLR Chamber County Business Awards 2022/23, sponsored by DLR County Council. 

Des Vallely, Irish Village Markets receiving his award from An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Mary Hanafin. 

The judges were very impressed with the company’s focus on both being environmentally responsible in their own operations and for their efforts to create awareness of environmental best practices among their customers and other businesses in this sector by banning all plastic packaging at their markets and events and using only compostables and tin. 

Their ongoing commitment to further reduce their carbon footprint is demonstrated by their retention of their EcoMerit Certification for the last four years, their work to identify ways to change their diesel generators to battery operated ones and their interest in sourcing electric vehicles for their market operations. 

Founded by Tara Dalton and Des Vallely in 2005, Irish Village Markets started out as a farmer’s market in Monkstown, Co Dublin. The company launched its first street food market in Ballsbridge in 2006 and has since expanded to various high-profile locations throughout Dublin. Working closely with a select group of street food vendors, chefs and producers all operating in pop-up environments, Irish Village Markets provides high quality, international street food for all occasions. The company also supplies corporations, associations and charitable organisations with tailor-made event management planning and consultation services for events ranging in size from 20-2,000 guests.

Featured Image: Bike Outdoor Pursuits Winner in the Green Business Award
Pictured: Niall Davies and Tarja Owens, Bike Outdoor Pursuits, receiving their award from Frank Curran, Chief Executive DLR County Council, Catherine Martin, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, An Cathaoirleach, DLR County Council Cllr. Mary Hanafin and Dermot Ferris, President DLR Chamber

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