Last weekend we were invited to Dublin Zoo to celebrate the announcement of SSE Airtricity as the official Sustainability Partner to Dublin Zoo. We were amongst the first to experience the new Eco Explorers Sustainability Trail and SSE Airtricity’s Eco Explorers interactive app. After an educational breakfast, some face painting, games and chats in Haughton House, we were on our way through Dublin Zoo to experience the sustainability trail ourselves.
The Sustainability Trail has little stations around the Zoo, teaching young and old about the importance of living sustainably while the SSE Airtricity Eco Explorers interactive app makes it a little more fun and can be used on any tablet or smartphone. You simply follow the app’s instructions (but for the best experience change your phone’s location settings to ‘GPS only’) and each time you reach an Eco Station mapped across the zoo you will receive a task. When the children complete it they earn a little Explorers badge on the app.
We managed to earn six badges (out of eight) throughout our day at Dublin Zoo, and each one educating our little Eco Explorer and ourselves mind you. At the water filling station, for example, it thought our kid that t-shirts can be made from recycled plastics and that a water bottle can take between 500 and 1000 years to decompose. And did you know there are 700 million store-bought bottles of water are sold in Ireland every year? We didn’t. It’s shocking, isn’t it? The app also gave us a little activity to do at home – to reduce the plastic we use too. So not only is the app educating you, it’s giving you activities to bring home and make real changes.
The Eco Explorers application thought her about composting, appreciating her surroundings, wasting water, recycling, palm oil and funnily about CLOSING THE DOORS BEHIND HER WHEN SHE’S AT HOME to keep the heat in to save energy and err money. She also questioned why we use cloth nappies during the trail and she actually understood why it isn’t just about saving money. You see, disposable nappies take roughly 500 years to decompose and with three in nappies, we’d be dumping 20+ nappies a day and that doesn’t sit right with me.
Overall I think the Eco Explorers app is brilliant as is the trail. It’s exciting, almost like a little treasure hunt. It’s educational and it’s FREE to use and download. If you’re heading to Dublin Zoo especially over Easter it’s well worth looking into. Also if you are with SSE Airtricity you can use your rewards to get 10% off your tickets, I spotted that in my news feeds the other day.
And of course, there were goodie bags given out to all eco explorers to celebrate the launch and it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t get an extra one to give away here. So if you fancy your chances of winning the goodie bag below comment here, on my Facebook post or retweet this post.
We were invited to Dublin Zoo last Sunday to be among the first to experience the new Eco Explorers Sustainability Trail and the Eco Explorer interactive app. I was not obliged to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always. The winner will be picked at random on Tuesday 18th of April at 9 pm and announced on my Facebook post.