Update on Sick of Plastic
Posted by Deirdre Duff on November 05, 2021 at 09:25 AM
Planet or Plastic outdoor exhibition
The Sick of Plastic campaign that we run with VOICE Ireland has brought a spectacular National Geographic photographic exhibition to Ireland.
The exhibition tells the story behind plastic from its invention just over a century ago to its current mass consumption. It deals with how the plastic crisis came about, explores the scope of the problem and looks at how we can each be a part of the solution.
Plastic has revolutionized medicine, extended the shelf life of fresh food and enabled the delivery of clean drinking water to those without it. When used in airbags or helmets, it saves lives. Yet, despite its utility and convenience, plastic is doing terrible damage to the health of our planet.
Plastic waste has been found in the oceans from the Arctic to the Antarctic - and from the surface to the seafloor. Marine animals are ingesting plastic - and becoming entangled in it. It's negatively impacting our ecosystems and resulting in traumatic environmental effects. Plastic is showing up in our human bodies too - it has been detected in human placentas and stool samples.
Through powerful imagery, "Planet or Plastic?" makes the case for the need to find a balance between using this material and protecting our environment.
Visual storytelling is used throughout the exhibit, with multimedia elements, profound images, powerful infographics and videos. The exhibition also includes actions that visitors can take to address the plastic crisis - you’ll leave feeling motivated and ready for action!
Entry is free to this outdoor exhibition. You can visit it at the Harbour Plaza in Dún Laoghaire from now until 12th November. It will then move to the Promenade, Skerries, where you can view it from 15th November to the 13th December.
We have teamed up with our international partners at Break Free From Plastic to conduct a European wide study. We will use retailers' responses, or lack thereof, in our upcoming publications on the state of play of the European retail sector on the issue of plastic pollution.(LIDL and ALDI have submitted their responses, Dunnes Stores, Musgraves and TESCO have not).
We will compile the results and release a European wide report on the plastic out of European supermarkets. Stay tuned.
Conduct a Supermarket Audit: You can audit your local shop/supermarket to see how they are doing in the fight against plastic. A Supermarket Audit checklist is available to download HERE