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Catch up on Plastic - October 2020

Posted on October 17, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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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.

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Sick of Plastic Supermarket Postcard Campaign

Posted on June 30, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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Sick of Plastic had to cancel this year's Shop and Drop - but the action to demand change from supermarkets keeps going!

Shoppers, anti-plastic activists and local Sick of Plastic groups are planning to send their signed Sick of Plastic Postcards to Supermarkets with a personal note asking their local supermarket to make changes and eliminate unnecessary plastic packaging from its produce.

The action is kicking off this week for Plastic Free July! 

You can get started by signing a digital postcard here on the action page.

Postcard Back - Demands

 

Physical postcards are available at hubs across the country so you can sign and send in your own postcard, find your nearest hub here on this map.

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Catching up on Sick of Plastic

Posted on June 17, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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Through the Break Free From Plastic global network, of which we are members of, we screened the newly released film ‘The Story of Plastic’ in May with our Sick of Plastic partner VOICE Ireland. To build on the conversation and bring the issue closer to home, we hosted awebinar to discuss the plastic free movement in Ireland.

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Watch it back - Story of Plastic Webinar

Posted on May 18, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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If you missed it, don't worry. We're recording all of our webinars so you can watch them in your own time.

Sick of Plastic, our campaign partnered with VOICE Ireland, hosted a webinar on to discuss the new documentary 'The Story of Plastic' and the growing movement in Ireland and worldwide to break free from plastic and fossil fuels.

The Story of Plastic is the story BIG PLASTIC does not want you to see. The film takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution, from extraction of fossil fuels to plastic waste replacing fish in our Oceans, and to explore Ireland's role in tackling these issues.

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Webinar May 14: What the frack has gas got to do with plastic!?

Posted on May 08, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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What has that plastic bottle polluting your local river got to do with gas?!

Well, a lot as it turns out.

Natural gas is primarily composed of methane, a greenhouse gas which, when released, has over 100 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Gas is used as an energy source the world over.

What is less well known is that gas is also used as a material to make plastics. Ethane is a hydrocarbon also present in gas and a primary raw material for petrochemical (or plastics) manufacturing. Global fossil fuel extraction companies are heavily involved in the production of plastics. They use the ethane accessed via fracking to produce plastics that exist for hundreds of years in the environment.

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Story of Plastic - Webinar on Plastic and Gas

Posted on May 01, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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The Story of Plastic is the story BIG PLASTIC does not want you to see.

Join us for a webinar on May 14th to reflect on the newly released film 'The Story of Plastic' - which takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution, from extraction of fossil fuels to plastic waste replacing fish in our Oceans, and to explore Ireland's role in tackling these issues.

The film premiered on Earth Day April 22nd and we're very excited to team up with VOICE Ireland to bring it to our supporters and friends with a 48 hour online film streaming on May 12th and 13th.

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Shop And Drop Drogheda - Guest Blog

Posted on March 05, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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Brid Ni Chionaola is a member of the Drogheda Sick of Plastic local group, who formed in October 2019 and have been active in pressuring their local supermarkets to Break Free From Plastic.

Be inspired, find your local group (or start one) and join the campaign for the next day of action April 25th!

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Plastic Bottle Rally - Let's Demand DRS!

Posted on October 31, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Join us for a Plastic Bottle Rally 1pm November 6th!

Back in January 2018, we 'Ditched Our Plastic at the Dáil' in support of Zero Waste activist Dianne Forsythe's Uplift petition calling on government to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) for the recycling collection of plastic bottles in Ireland.

It took Minister for the Environment, Richard Bruton, a whole year to respond, and the best he could do was commission a study to see how DRS could operate in Ireland. (Despite existing evidence proving that it works).

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What's driving the fracking boom? Spoiler: it's plastic!

Posted on October 07, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Last week 4,500 people took the email action to tell our politicians that we don't want to import fracked gas!

Public pressure is working! On Friday we got the debate in the Dail, and now Government must undertake a review of Irish energy security before any further support for the Shannon LNG project can proceed.

We need to keep the pressure on, to make sure the review is independent and Paris Aligned. This fight is only beginning.

If you haven't yet signed our petition to Stop Shannon LNG (the terminal planned to import gas) please take action now and share it widely with your friends.

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What's gas got to do with plastic?

Posted on October 01, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Do you ever wonder about the link between gas and plastics?

Well the first link is that the plastic industry is owned by big oil and gas companies including DowDuPont, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and BP.

The second big link is that plastic is made from oil and gas!

Despite our best efforts to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle, plastic production is set to increase 40% over the next decade.

This is because fracking is on the rise and fracked gas is the raw material that makes plastic.

Want to learn more? Check out this webinar!

The Gastivists Collective are hosting this really great webinar series to dive deeper into the links between gas and plastic, and why we need to #KeepItInTheGround to #BreakFreeFromPlastic!

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