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Pictured at the 2022 Pakman Awards were from left, Tony Hoynes of Palm Free (Zero Waste) Irish Soap Ltd., and Kieran Mullins, Project Director at Dublin Waste to Energy. Photo: Naoise Culhane.

Prestigious award for East Clare soap company

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AN EAST Clare company has received a major national award for its dedication to sustainability and waste reduction. 

Palm Free (Zero Waste) Irish Soaps Ltd, which was founded in Killaloe and now operates from a facility in Tuamgraney, scooped the Waste Prevention Award in the prestigious Pakman Awards, supported by Repak. 

The company produces a range of soaps, shampoo, shaving, laundry and deodorant bars and was honoured at the national awards ceremony for its efforts in helping to prevent surplus waste through innovative means, and for increasing awareness of the importance of recycling amongst its local community

Palm Free (Zero Waste) is a family-run business, established in the mid-1990s by Kathy and Tony Hoynes, that has a strong commitment to sustainability. The businesses’ purpose is to make a difference by meeting the demand for zero waste and plastic-free alternatives to everyday hygiene products. All of its products are made of completely natural and vegan ingredients, blended with 100% pure essential oils and natural plant-based colourings. Palm Free Irish Soaps has paved the way for small businesses across the country in its zero-waste approach with customer demand for their products growing substantially.

The Pakman Awards are held annually and seeks to find and celebrate Irelands recycling and waste management champions. Winning a Pakman Award is one of the highest accolades an organisation, company, community group or individual can receive for their environmental and sustainability efforts.

Minister of State for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Public Procurement, eGovernment with special responsibility for Communications and Circular Economy Ossian Smyth TD applauded everyone involved. “Since last years Pakman Awards, the Government has published Irelands first Whole of Government Circular Economy Strategy and enacted the first Circular Economy Act,” he said. “The pace of change is remarkable.  The Pakman Awards dont just recognise the marvellous achievements of individual companies but will further inspire and energise us all to reach Irelands potential to become a leader in the circular economy.’

Speaking at the 2022 Pakman Awards, Séamus Clancy, CEO described Palm Free (Zero Waste) and all of the award winners as “environmental champions”.

“This year saw some of the highest entries from companies, businesses, community groups and individuals to the Pakman Awards, a reflection of the commitment of many industries in Ireland to help reach our future EU recycling targets and protect our planet for future generations,” he said.

“The standard of this years entries was not only exceptional but served as inspiration for others in how to deliver exemplary environmental practices. I would like to thank our sponsors, congratulate all the winners and finalists and extend a special congratulations to County Clare business, Palm Free (Zero Waste) Irish Soaps Ltd, the winner of the Waste Prevention Award 2022.”

The company, which was in 1996, now employs eight people. It is also the winner of a number of ‘Free From’ Skincare Awards, as well as a Green Award which supports green business and sustainability. 

Fiona McGarry
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Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald.
Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti.
She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at The University of Galway.
If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at The University of Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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