Update on Sick of Plastic
Posted by Deirdre Duff on July 22, 2021 at 05:43 PM
Sick of Plastic is a joint campaign, hosted by Friends of the Earth and VOICE Ireland. Together, we are working to empower people and communities to pressure industry and decision makers to take action on single use plastic.
We’ve been campaigning to ban the most commonly littered single use plastic items for three years now. We’re excited to report that some promising developments in this area were made earlier this month! On July 5th, EU countries had to transpose the Single Use Plastic Directive into law.
In practice, this means that the most commonly littered single use plastic items, such as cotton buds, straws and plastic cutlery are now banned! This is fantastic news. However these new regulations don’t cut out all of these items straight away - we’re in a transitional phase. Businesses and suppliers can continue to sell their existing stock but they cannot buy more. So if you see these items in shops, restaurants or businesses, you could gently remind them that this ban has come into force and that moving forward we shouldn't have them on the shelves.
This EU Single Use Plastic directive also introduces new labelling requirements for products like wipes and menstrual items.
Ireland is now being heralded by our International partners, such as Break from Plastic and Seas at Risk, as a leader in the battle against single use plastics. However, it’s obvious from the images of our streets after large gatherings - to give just one example - that we need better joined up thinking if we are to really tackle the many problems around single use packaging waste. This is a small victory, but there is still a lot more to do!
Planet or Plastic Exhibition in association with Sick of Plastic and National Geographic
We are partnering up with the National Geographic and SSE Airtricity to bring the Planet or Plastic Exhibition on an Irish Road show. In the build up to COP26 UN Climate negotiations we want to bring the issues of plastic to the fore. This exhibition curated by the National Geographic will be taken on a roadshow around Ireland. Stay tuned for more info – you can sign up for Sick of Plastic updates here.
Instagram Take Over for Plastic Free July
We are celebrating Plastic Free July with a month of take-overs on our Instagram pageJoin us and Keelin Moncrief, Veghuns, The Ungraceful Guide and Irish artist and activist Claire McCluskey as we follow them on their Plastic Free July journeys. Our Instagram handle is @sickofplasticireland
Grocery Sector Report
We have been busy working on a Grocery Sector Report which will outline why and how Ireland can seriously reduce its packaging waste in the grocery sector. This report will form the basis for a direct action campaign, stay tuned as we will need your help!
Sick of Plastic Petition
Our petition is still live. Well done to everyone and thanks for signing. We have hit our 25,000 target and we’re still going. You can sign it here at this link.
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