One Man’s Trash – Another Man’s Treasure

Second Level Students Ms Emer O’Donnell & Ms Sarah Ryan.

Borrisoleigh Students Create Innovative Uses For Discarded Fishing nets.

Something that one person considers worthless, may be considered valuable by someone else. So say two students from St. Joseph’s College, Borrisoleigh, who have come up with some most innovative ways of turning plastic waste into useful commodities.

As part of their ‘Business Studies Course’, the two students, Ms Emer O’Donnell and Ms Sarah Ryan, have created a Mini Company called “ES REUSE”; same which specialises in the creation of sought after products, manufactured from throw away waste materials / rubbish.

The students have created a simple but effective all-in-one wall hanging ideal for holding hurleys, garden tools and a host of other items. The hanger makes use of old abandoned fishing netting, recovered from the sea shore, partnered with recycled timber.  ‘Ghost Nets’, as they are called by environmentalists, are fishing nets that have been left behind or lost in the ocean by fishing craft. These nets, often nearly invisible in the dim light, can be left tangled on a rocky reef or drifting in the open sea. Sea creatures, e.g Seals, Dolphins, Turtles etc. most often become entangled in these nets, resulting in most cases in their slow, often painful death.

The girls also have a number of other products, such as a key holder and wardrobe hangers made from old tennis balls.

Products can be bought online via their website and a percentage of their profits will be donated to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.

Please do give them your full support.


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