If you’re enthusiastic about conservation or you hate to see plastic littering our beautiful beaches, why not join a volunteer group? Check out the Clean Coasts initiative where volunteers carry out beach clean-ups on local stretches of coastline. Simply find a group and get involved.
If you appreciate the beauty of Dublin Bay and want to look after its native wildlife species, the Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership has created a useful list of volunteering options, ranging from helping local seals to cleaning the Dodder river.
If you are passionate about sustainable ways of producing food, Dublin has many local ‘grow your own’ communities and meetups. Dublin Community Growers meet in city gardens and allotments to talk about all things green-fingered.
Dublin City Council also coordinates Grow It Yourself groups in Walkinstown and Raheny libraries where gardeners meet regularly to discuss produce, share stories and exchange tips.
Eating fresh locally grown produce reduces your carbon footprint and is a great way to support local businesses. Learn more about the topic at the beautiful Airfield Estate in Dundrum. Featuring an organic food garden and a bee garden, the estate is home to the Overends Kitchen, an ideal venue to sample dishes that are made sustainably and focused on reducing food waste.
If you’re a coffee connoisseur, make time for a trip to 3fe on Grand Canal Street. The café has its own roastery and co-owner Steve travels to the best farms and co-ops across the world to ensure their coffee is as delicious as it is sustainable.
Interested in learning more about how to live sustainably? In Kilmainham, the Dublin Food Co-op is the place to go to join workshops on zero waste cooking, or help support cooking classes for refugees.
In Temple Bar, The Design House offers one-to-one sewing classes for anyone who wants to turn away from fast fashion and move to more sustainable practices.
If you want to lower your carbon footprint and get more exercise, take a cycle and explore the city. Sign up to Dublin Bikes and enjoy a three-day ticket option. This is cheaper and infinitely more sustainable than four wheels, with over 100 biking stations around the city.
Or you can take a bike tour of the city, choose from several different companies and try a literature, sightseeing or coastal tour.
There are lots of options in Dublin to buy ethical goods and make more conscious choices. If you want an alternative to fast fashion, shop at one of the city’s charity shops and discover wonderful garments and unique pieces. Try colourful Camden Street where charity treasure troves Age Action, Enable Ireland and Dublin Simon Community are within a stone's throw of each other.
For a specialist grocery store that blends a community vibe with a wide range of produce, Noms in Phibsboro has organic coffee in compostable packaging; loose fruit and veg and dry goods; and household products for sustainable living.
If you’re looking to buy from local, independent businesses on the south side of the city, you’ll adore Blackrock Market. In this captivating little market, you’ll find gems such as The Sustainable Store for artisan beauty products, Retro Workshop stocking vintage items and the excellent Veggie Vibe Café.
Plan your sustainable city escape
Take the time to discover Dublin’s fair city and enjoy it in a new, more sustainable way. Head over to Visit Dublin for more ideas on what to see and do during your stay in the vibrant capital of Ireland.