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Catch up on Plastic - October 2020

Posted by Claudia Tormey on October 17, 2020 at 08:43 PM

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The Sick of Plastic campaign has been working hard supporting communities across Ireland to take action against the excessive use of plastics in our supermarkets.

Sadly, our annual Shop and Drop was cancelled this year – but that didn’t stop local Sick of Plastic groups from taking action in their communities.

This summer thousands of people took part in our Postcards to Supermarkets campaign, calling on supermarkets to eliminate unnecessary plastic and support reuse.

Demands to Supermarkets:

  1. Reduce the amount of plastics in store
  2. Offer loose fruit and veg at affordable prices
  3. Offer more produce like loose washing detergent and dry goods
  4. Support reuse by accepting reusable containers

If you didn’t get to any of the 40 hubs to sign a physical postcard, there’s still time to sign your name digitally here at this link.

In November Sick of Plastic will be meeting with the top six Irish Supermarkets; Lidl, Aldi, Tesco, Dunnes Stores and Supervalu, to deliver the signed postcards and remind them that Ireland wants supermarkets to break free from plastic!

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October is Reuse Month, and Sick Of Plastic is celebrating it by hosting a series of topical interviews and a fun #RapidReuse competition on its social media platforms. Interviews will be held with a number of inspirational people in the Reuse movement, such as Claire Downey from Community Reuse Network Ireland, Lynn Haughton from the UpCycle Movement, Attial and Nora Magyar from Mammuko and Abi O’Callaghan Platt from ‘No Plastic. Period’.

The #RapidReuse competition is asking people to show examples of something they have reused or repurposed by sharing on social media. To find out more check out Sick of Plastic on Facebook or Instagram.

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As part of our partnership with the Break Free From Plastic global network, Sick of Plastic are bringing an informative webinar on plastic to Irish educators!

The aim is to provide a skill share for educators and support them to integrate education on plastic pollution into their curriculum. The webinar features esteemed panellists: Yasuyuki Kosaka, a professor in Japan who runs a microplastics program, and Ribhu Vohra, creator of kNOw Plastics, a game developed for young students about Plastic and its harmful effects on the environment and human health. To find out more email our Sick of Plastic campaign lead, Lyndsey at sickofplasticireland@gmail.com 

cALLING ALL EDUCATORS

Get active on plastic in your area by joining or starting a local Sick of Plastic group! You can sign up here or join the campaign mailing list here to keep up to date with all of the action.

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