Coordinator of VOICE, an environmental charity working extensively on waste issues. Mindy has had a huge interest in waste policy and waste prevention initiatives for over 25 years. She worked on Capitol Hill in Congress in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s on waste legislation. Since moving to Ireland in 1996, she has been involved in VOICE (Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment) in every capacity—from volunteer to board member to Chair and to Coordinator. In her tenure at VOICE, she has championed several public awareness and engagement initiatives, including Feeding the 5,000, Food Rescue, Food Waste Reduction workshops, a home economics food waste module, Zero Waste Cashel, Sick of Plastic Campaign and lastly the Recycling Ambassador Programme.
Mindy got involved in the Conscious Cup Campaign committee in her role as Coordinator of VOICE, but also as an individual interested in reducing her waste foodprint. Since discovering that disposable coffee cups are not recyclable, she has made it her mission to change the behaviour in her office environment (very successfully!) and amongst the public in general.
Deirdre Gavin works in informal education and discovered that coffee cups are not recyclable in Ireland. When on a project management training course shortly after, she decided that now armed with this shocking fact, she was going to do something about this problem. She joined a group in November 2016 that had already begun formulating ideas as to how to tackle this problem. Deirdre believes if you see a problem don't just sit around and watch it get worse, try and do something about it. The conscious cup campaign has gone from strength to strength and Deirdre is very proud of what the group as achieved so far. She feels empowered by observing others change their habits and behaviours. As far as she is concerned, there is no limit to what a group of people with a vision and hard work can do.