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Friends of the Earth brings 160 volunteers to Electric Picnic to tackle plastic pollution and invites Environment Minister, Denis Naughten, to see how 'deposit and return' system works

Issued in news on August 31, 2018 at 12:40:00.

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August 31, 2018

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Friends of the Earth will be the largest NGO at the Electric Picnic music festival this weekend in Stradbally, Co. Laois. The environmental organisation is bringing 160 volunteers to the Picnic as part of their popular “Sick of Plastic” campaign.

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Join the team to tackle Plastic at the Picnic!

Issued in the blog on July 19, 2018 at 17:26:00.

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For the last 3 years, Friends of the Earth has brought a team of volunteers to Ireland's biggest music, comedy and spoken word festival - Electric Picnic.

Will you be part of it this year?

Here's the deal:

In return for volunteering each of the three days for 6 hours each day (the earliest you would be working is 10am, and the latest 9pm), either petitioning on the Waste Reduction Bill, working the Cup Refund Points or engaging festival-goers on what waste goes in what bin, you get -

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Plastic Free July Series, Item 2 - Plastic War on Climate Change

Issued in the blog on July 17, 2018 at 14:24:00.

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We will be posting one article a week in July around ways you can reduce the amount of plastic in your day-to-day life! Let us know how you're getting on on Twitter by using the hashtag #SickOfPlastic.

Written by Chloe Healy

If you are reading this article today and/or taking part in our Plastic Free July challenge, then it’s fair to say that you are already aware of the serious challenges plastic pollution poses to human health and the environment. But do we really understand why its a problem, what exactly makes plastic so harmful and how it is linked to climate change?

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Plastic Free July Series - Notes from California

Issued in the blog on July 09, 2018 at 11:23:00.

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Marion Briggs joined us earlier this year as a volunteer, due to her enthusiasm she quickly became the driving force in planning the Sick of Plastic day of action on April 21st. Marion has since joined our board, a joyful member of the team.

Along with a number of Sick of Plastic campaigners, Marion has taken on the Plastic Free July challenge to try and refuse single use plastics. Spending her Summer back in her hometown in California, Marion shares her ups and downs of trying to live without plastic.

Plastic Free July - Notes from California

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Plastic Free July Series, Item 1 - Plastic Free Shopping

Issued in the blog on July 06, 2018 at 10:36:00.

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We will be posting one article a week in July around ways you can reduce the amount of plastic in your day-to-day life! Let us know how you're getting on on Twitter by using the hashtag #SickOfPlastic.

Written by Chloe Healy

This month is Plastic Free July - a global campaign to create awareness around plastic pollution and to empower people to seek alternatives to single use plastics. The challenge is simple - choose to refuse single use plastics for the month of July and encourage your friends, family, wider community, local businesses and corporations to do the same!

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TDs line up to get Keep Cups and show support for Waste Reduction Bill

Issued in news on June 15, 2018 at 14:25:00.

From GreenNews.ie June 14, 2018 "Irish politicians lined up at Buswells Hotel yesterday to receive reusable coffee cups from the Sick of Plastic campaign and show their support for a Green Party Bill to tackle waste. Over 50 TDs were presented with ‘keep cups’ at the event yesterday by member of their constituencies, with whom they discussed the Green’s Waste Reduction Bill and the issues posed by plastic pollution..."

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Want to know if your TD claimed their Keep Cup at our briefing? Here's the full list of all TDs who attended or sent representatives to the event.

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Hundreds of constituents are giving Keep Cups to their TDs today to support the Waste Reduction Bill

Issued in news on June 13, 2018 at 09:33:00.

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Campaigners launch briefing on deposit refund scheme that debunks Minister Naughten’s ‘Six Common Myths’ about the proposal

NO FEE0181 Sick of Plastic Campaign at Dail copyIn an unusual action by Friends of the Earth today, their supporters will present Keep Cups to every TD in Ireland at Buswells Hotel from 12:30 to 14:00.

The environmental organisation recently launched a fundraising appeal to send Keep Cups to TDs following Environment Minister Denis Naughten’s obstruction of the Waste Reduction Bill over his opposition to the proposed deposit-and-return scheme.

Over 200 people from every constituency in Ireland donated to Friends of the Earths’ campaign to send Keep Cups to TDs along with a request for their elected representatives to appeal to Minister Naughten to stop blocking the Waste Bill on a procedural technicality.

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We’ve got a solution to plastic pollution. Help us put it in your TDs' hands

Issued in the blog on May 30, 2018 at 15:36:00.

martyn turner cartoonThanks to our supporters, we’ve been making great progress this year to turn the tide on plastic pollution in Ireland.

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Last week, over 2,000 of them emailed the Oireachtas Environment Committee to make sure they didn’t let Minister Denis Naughten water down the Waste Reduction Bill to indefinitely delay a national deposit and return scheme.

Their action resulted in the Committee voting seven to five against the Minister’s amendment and proved that, together, we really can make a difference.

But we’re far from done!

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Act now! Stop Naughten killing action on plastic bottles

Issued in the blog on May 18, 2018 at 17:04:00.

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Laws are rarely simple. We know that from our work pushing through 2015’s Climate Law [1]. Words carry a weight that we rarely see in day-to-day life, with just a small tweak causing a flurrying cascade of consequences down the line.

That’s why our ears pricked up when we learnt that Minister Denis Naughten has been manoeuvring behind the scenes to dilute the wording of a draft law for a deposit and return scheme for plastic bottles and aluminium cans [2]. Naughten wants to change the word ‘shall’ to ‘may’ in the report the Environment Committee is finalizing on the proposal.

Here's why that’s an issue:

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Over 7,500 coffee cups kept out landfill in six months following Coffeeangel and Friends of the Earth’s #YourCupOurFuture initiative

Issued in news on May 01, 2018 at 16:12:00.

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May 1, 2018

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Last November, Ireland’s Coffeeangel launched their #YourCupOurFuture initiative committing to donate 20¢ to Friends of the Earth for every KeepCup or reusable cup used by their customers. Six months on, the popular independent coffee company has published results from their initiative and announced a savings of over 7,500 single-use paper cups kept out of incineration and landfill.

Caroline Sleiman, Director at Coffeeangel, commented: “Before we launched our #YourCupOurFuture initiative last November, a combined total of about 180 customers per week were regularly using reusable cups across our shops. Since then, use of reusable cups has nearly tripled to over 500 cups per week. And that number continues to climb!

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