Barista Bar has partnered with Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council to support volunteers participating in its first Big Spring Clean Weekend over May 6-8.
Several Barista Bar staff also took part in a special litter pick between SPAR Greystone and SPAR Parkhall in Antrim, cleaning up the area stretching between both stores for the local community.
The partnership is part of Barista Bar’s continued commitment to be a sustainable brand and make a difference to local outdoor spaces.
As part of this effort, the team has partnered with a number of trusted organisations working on environmentally friendly campaigns such as Leave No Trace and the Right Side of Outside, to help educate, promote and support Keep NI Beautiful.
Following on from Barista Bar's partnership with Walk NI, established last year, the Big Spring Clean is the most recent initiative from Keep NI Beautiful. The largest community clean up in Northern Ireland, it takes place every year from March to May.
Since its beginning, more than 800 tonnes of waste have cleaned up by over 553,000 volunteers, making a huge impact across the country.
“As a brand we are dedicated to helping keep local communities free of litter, so we are delighted to be involved in this Borough’s first year of the Big Spring Clean,” said Keavy O’Mahony-Truesdale, Barista Bar brand manager.
“We believe through these partnerships we can help encourage people to think responsibly by promoting the use of the Barista Bar reusable cup or if using a single use cup, to dispose of this correctly and not throw them on the ground.
“We hope to continue supporting this initiative and sustain the growth of the program with the Barista Bar brand.”
Leanne Smits, Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council waste education & awareness officer, said: “Litter picks seek to involve broad engagement with local community, residents, schools, community groups and businesses. The overall aim is to enhance local community spirit, increase pride in the local environment and empower communities to take on future projects to address litter in their local area, contributing to wider behaviour change.
“This is the first year for Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Big Spring Clean Weekend campaign and it is our hope to grow the program every year.”
Around 100 volunteers took part in the initiative across the constituency over the weekend, each receiving a Barista Bar reusable cup with younger volunteers getting a reusable water bottle made from recycled materials.
Barista Bar has also contributed 250 loaded loyalty cards for the 100 volunteers from the weekend, and for future volunteers who wish to be actively involved in Keep NI Beautiful.