Ireland’s leading organics recycling firm Natural World Products (NWP) has been unveiled as the new sponsor for the Eco-Schools programme in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

Eco-Schools is an international programme, with local environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful operating the initiative in Northern Ireland and NWP funding the Derry and Strabane scheme, that is aimed at fostering sustainable practices and environmental education.

The Eco-Schools Green Flag, awarded to schools with high achievement in their programme, is a recognised and respected eco-label for environmental education and performance.

With 369 active Green Flag schools in Northern Ireland, the region is now ranked sixth out of the 76 participating countries for number of Green Flag Status Schools.

NWP produces peat-free compost by recycling household food and garden waste received by local authorities across Northern Ireland including Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Sharon McMaster, Community Outreach Manager, said:

“We are thrilled to support the Eco Schools programme and its mission to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

“By partnering with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, we aim to empower schools in the Derry and Strabane council area to adopt more sustainable practices and we believe that the Eco-Schools programme goes a long way to creating a greener future.

“Similar to Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, we believe that education is key to improving the understanding of the importance of recycling and inspiring the next generation to commit to the circular economy of the region.”

As part of NWP’s support for the Eco-Schools, the organics recycling firm is assisting Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Field Officers with implementing the various workshops that allow schools to become Green Flag accredited.

Through a series of modules and activities, pupils learn about environmental issues, biodiversity, energy conservation, waste reduction, and more.

Sharon continued:

“Together with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, we can make a positive impact on our environment and empower young people to become change makers for a sustainable world.”

NWP will partner with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful for the next 12 months and will see more schools in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area become more environmentally conscious.

Dr Ian Humphreys, CEO at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, said:

“We’re delighted to partner with Natural World Products to deliver the Eco-Schools programme in Derry and Strabane. Environmental education is more important now than it’s ever been, and it’s right that these programmes are supported.

As the environmental crisis worsens, it’s crucial to equip our young people with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to make positive, lasting changes.”

To find out more about NWP, visit: naturalworldproducts.com. To find out more about Eco-Schools visit: www.eco-schoolsni.org