Repak survey reveals Irish attitudes to companies and recycling

Seamus Clancy, Repak CEO launches the 4th Pakman Awards with pharmaceutical entrepreneur Chanelle McCoy
Seamus Clancy, Repak CEO launches the 4th Pakman Awards with pharmaceutical entrepreneur Chanelle McCoy

Ahead of the 2019 Pakman Awards, Repak has published the results of a survey exploring Irish attitudes to recycling as well as opinions of what companies are and should be doing for the environment.

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11 June 2019 | 0

96% of people are more inclined to shop or engage with a company that has been rewarded for tackling climate change. The figure is part of the results of a survey launched alongside the 2019 Pakman Awards, powered by Repak, which is searching for “environmental champions” who are shaping Ireland’s future.

Now in its fifth year, the Pakman Awards recognises excellence in sustainability, recycling and efforts to reduce climate change. Organisations, businesses, community groups and individuals in Ireland are all eligible to enter. Entering the 2019 Pakman Awards is free, and nominations will close at midnight on 31 August 2019.

Some of the key findings from Repak’s survey include:

  • Almost three quarters (72%) make a conscious choice to only shop or engage with Irish companies who are contributing to protecting the environment
  • Despite a quarter not knowing what Irish companies are doing to protect the environment, 99% feel that businesses in Ireland have a responsibility to be eco-conscious
  • A third (33%) don’t know what measures organisations in Ireland are taking to reduce the impact of climate change
  • Yet 99% feel Irish companies have a responsibility to play a role in reducing the impact of climate change

With Dáil Eireann declaring a climate change and biodiversity emergency in recent weeks, reducing the effects of climate change is top of the agenda when it comes to public opinion. Despite all respondents (99%) feeling that all organisations have a responsibility to take measures to reduce climate change and over half (55%) knowing measures that some companies take, a third (33%) don’t know of any.

The Pakman Awards not only seek to find but also to celebrate those who are championing a sustainable future in Ireland, and to educate others about their environmental excellence so that they too, can lead by example.

Séamus Clancy, CEO of Repak, said the awards are an excellent way for any business or community group to demonstrate their commitment to a sustainable future for Ireland. “A Pakman Award is an excellent way for any business, organisation or community group to demonstrate their commitment to a sustainable future for Ireland,” Clancy said. “From food waste to green transport, there is a category for everyone who is making a difference, and a Pakman Award is a perfect opportunity to highlight those contributions.”

The 2019 Pakman Awards will be held on the 24 October 2019 at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin and nominations are officially open. Find out more information or submit an entry into the 2019 Pakman Awards, visit www.pakman.ie.

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