Áine O Shea

Environmental Scientist

Áine is an Environmental Scientist working in consultancy in Dublin for the past  6 years. Áine studied Environmental and Natural Resource Management, which led to gaining extensive knowledge of biological water monitoring. She also has experience in providing environmental oversight and ongoing review of waste management and waste recovery.  Áine’s passion lies in the Circular Economy – reducing, reusing and finally recycling where possible.

"The aim should be to not generate any unnecessary waste "

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In 2017 the building in which we had our storage unit was gutted by a fire. We lost all the equipment that we had invested in for over 3 years, most of which had come from personal investment and some of which had been donated. Unfortunately, it also turned out the storage business owner had no insurance and we had to start all over again. After many business plans, loan applications & some time away from hosting the workshops we are starting to build up what we lost. 

We have invested in some Vegpods, we are limited on space so this works for us. As these are movable (with ALOT of muscle) we also hope to introduce these to schools where a family can adopt one for the summer months when there is no- one at the school to care for the vegetables. We will deliver it to the hosting family at end of the term.

Living in Wicklow we are lucky enough to be surrounded by some amazing producers, An Tairseach Organic Farm is one of them, the farm produces an abundance of organic vegetables as well as organic beef and pork. There is a large garden with polytunnels at the back of the Ecology Centre building and a 70-acre site up on Wicklow hill.  As well as the vegetables and animal grazing areas there is also a wildlife conservation area and a thriving woodland. 

They have a farm shop on site & where we get some of our meats  &  all our class cleaning products- we especially love the bamboo reusable kitchen towel which can be washed & reused up to 85 times. It has been a great method of cutting down on waste and over usage in our workshops, 2 years ago we were going through at least 14 large rolls of kitchen towel per week. It was a bit of a struggle at first to remind ourselves & the students to not throw the bamboo cloths into the bin but we got there eventually!!