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The Sick Of Plastic Campaign

sicklogoThe Sick of Plastic campaign formed in early 2018 when Friends of the Earth and VOICE Ireland noticed a surge in the public’s frustration with single use plastic. Despite introducing the plastic bag tax back in 2002, we’re taking more plastic packaging home (in our reusable shopping bags) than ever!

 

Sick of Plastic is working to empower communities to pressure industry and decision makers to take action on single use plastic.

 

Watch it back - Story of Plastic Webinar

Issued in the blog on May 18, 2020 at 13:23:00.

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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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The Story of Plastic, is the Big Story the plastic industry doesn’t want you to see. It’s a must watch!

Issued in news on May 11, 2020 at 10:47:00.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate release: Monday May 11th

Environmentalists come together to bridge the gap between plastic and fossil fuels, unveiling plastic industry secrets, through a free two-day online streaming and webinar.

Environmental campaigning groups have been hosting online screenings across the world to bring the full story of plastic to mainstream audiences since the film premiered on the Discovery Channel on Earth Day this year.

On May 12th and 13th the Sick of Plastic Campaign will be streaming the film for free online for the Irish public. And on May 14th the campaign will host a webinar to discuss the film and explore the links between plastic and fossil fuels within both the Global and Irish contexts.

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

Issued in the blog on May 08, 2020 at 18:52:00.

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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

Issued in the blog on May 01, 2020 at 11:53:00.

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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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Highly anticipated ‘Story of Plastic’ documentary film to be premiered on the Discovery Channel as part of Earth Day celebrations

Issued in news on April 20, 2020 at 10:52:00.

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Finally, the full story of plastic is being brought to the big and small screen and will be premiered by the Discovery Channel on April 22nd to mark the release. Hundreds of environmental groups will be holding community screenings across the world in the coming weeks.

Environmentalists are thrilled to announce that the Discovery Channel will premiere this ground breaking new documentary. The Story of Plastic 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. The film follows the journey of plastic while also examining the worldwide effect it has on both the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it.

Mindy O’Brien, Coordinator of VOICE Ireland, says;

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Shop And Drop Drogheda - Guest Blog

Issued in the blog on March 05, 2020 at 17:13:00.

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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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Richard Bruton, we want to see your study on Deposit Return Scheme

Issued in news on November 06, 2019 at 16:47:00.

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Sick of Plastic Campaigners dump littered plastic bottles at Minister for Environment’s office to demand Deposit Return Scheme

As campaigners welcomed Minister Bruton's first steps to combat plastic pollution they urged him to introduce a Deposit and Return Scheme to capture the 1 million plastic bottles a day that don't get recycled. 

Sick of Plastic campaigners who gathered littered bottles for the protest outside the Minister's office were joined by 12-year old Flossie the Beach Cleaner, who spends her weekends picking up rubbish from her local beach.

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Sick of Plastic Campaigners dump littered plastic bottles at Minister for Environment’s front door to demand Deposit Return Scheme

Issued in news on November 04, 2019 at 10:20:00.

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Sick of Plastic Campaigners dump littered plastic bottles at Minister for Environment’s front door to demand Deposit Return Scheme

A ‘Plastic Bottle Rally’ will take place at the doorstep of Minister for the Environment’s office next Wednesday at 1pm to demand action on plastic waste.

It’s almost two years since campaigners [1] ‘Ditched their Plastic at the Dáil' demanding that government introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) in Ireland for the recycling collection of plastic bottles and aluminium cans.

Ten months following that protest Minister for the Environment, Richard Bruton, announced he would commission a study [2] to see how a DRS could operate in Ireland.

Claudia Tormey, from Sick of Plastic comments:

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Plastic Bottle Rally - Let's Demand DRS!

Issued in the blog on October 31, 2019 at 17:11:00.

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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!

Issued in the blog on October 07, 2019 at 18:39:00.

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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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