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Tell supermarkets where to stick it! (very politely :-)

Issued in the blog on March 23, 2018 at 14:49:00.

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This week, we once again saw how sick of plastic the Irish public are, as we announced our “Shop and Drop” day of action taking place nationwide on April 21st. We had an amazing response in the media, including RTE TV, Newstalk Breakfast, Ireland AM, and The Irish Times, just to name a few.

It’s time for Irish retailers to help us turn the tide on plastic pollution, but we need your help to make that happen!

In just four weeks, on Saturday April 21st, we’re asking people to “Shop and Drop - shop as normal in your local supermarket and then take off the excess plastic packaging at the checkout and leave it in the shop.

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Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging - Top Ten Questions

Issued in news on March 21, 2018 at 01:40:00.

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Who are we?

The Sick of Plastic campaign consists of consumers, citizens, and concerned members of the public who are sick of the rising amount of single-use plastics in Ireland. The campaign is facilitated by VOICE Ireland and Friends of the Earth.

What is the Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging?

On Saturday 21st April, the day before Earth Day, volunteers will be outside local supermarkets across Ireland, encouraging shoppers to leave their unwanted plastic packaging behind at the checkout. #SickOfPlastic #ShopAndDrop

These efforts will be targeted at the large supermarket chains, such as Supervalu, Tesco, Dunnes, Marks and Spencer, Lidl and Aldi.

The Day of Action is being coordinated from the Friends of the Earth office.

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Campaigners Announce a Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging - Public will be encouraged to "Shop and Drop" on Saturday 21 April

Issued in news on March 21, 2018 at 00:01:00.

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The Sick Of Plastic Campaign is announcing a Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging on Saturday 21 April. On that day campaigners are asking people to “Shop and Drop” - shop as normal in your local supermarket and then take off the excess plastic packaging at the checkout and leave it with the cashier. Volunteers will hand out postcards and talk to shoppers outside supermarkets on the day. People can hand in the postcards outlining 6 ways supermarkets can reduce unwanted plastic packaging.

Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth, commented:

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Campaigners ditch plastic at the Dail as Committee hears expert testimony on Waste Reduction Bill

Issued in news on January 17, 2018 at 11:36:00.

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Today, Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE), Friends of the Earth, representatives of Zero Waste Ireland and Uplift, along with the public, will bring their unwanted plastic single-use packaging to the Dail at 1pm to express their desire to ‘ditch plastic’ and support the Green Party’s Waste Reduction bill under consideration in the Communication, Climate Action and Environment Committee.

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48 hours to get TDs to take quick action on plastic

Issued in the blog on January 15, 2018 at 17:26:00.

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Our plastics campaign is off to a flying start.

On Wednesday, TDs and Senators will begin considering the Waste Reduction Bill. It proposes concrete steps to cut plastic waste, like a deposit and return scheme for plastic bottles and a ban or a levy on plastic-lined coffee cups.

We're joining forces with Zero Waste Ireland, VOICE and Uplift to present a petition outside the Dáil to urge TDs to pass the law quickly, before any election derails progress. They have been working on plastics for a while. Now we're adding our weight, and your voice, to the campaign.

Two things you can do:

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Click here to add your name to the petition.

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Plastic & Microbeads - FAQ

Issued in the blog on December 04, 2017 at 16:45:00.

by Amelie Deinhard, Dublin FoE member

What is Plastic?

Plastic consists of synthetic organic polymers. Their base units are monomers, which in turn consist of ethylene and propylene: carbon-hydrogen compounds with non-metals.


Plastic was invented in the 1920s by Belgian scientist Leo Hendrik Beakeland and correspondingly called Bakelite (1). Industrial production of plastic began in the 1950s. The American "Life Magazine" then jumped to the topic and advertised on its cover pages the new fabric as "throwaway material" for every-day-life.

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Our supporters tell us they're sick of plastic. Here's how we plan to help!

Issued in news on November 30, 2017 at 09:56:00.

Recently, we sent a survey to our supporters asking what they thought we should campaign on in 2018 in addition to our work on climate and energy. We got a huge response and really enjoyed reading all the great suggestions. All three campaigns we proposed got a positive reaction, but the overwhelming majority of our supporters told us they were most sick of plastic. So are we!

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Coffeeangel tackles cup waste with Friends of the Earth in their new ‘Your Cup Our Future’ initiative

Issued in news on November 06, 2017 at 09:36:00.

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As the Irish Government proposes a 15¢ levy on disposable coffee cups today2, Coffeeangel and Friends of the Earth move ahead with an innovative solution to tackle waste from the café sector.

With 2 million disposable coffee cups a day in Ireland going into landfills2, waste from the café sector has reached worrying proportions. Many solutions have been proposed by the industry, including switching to compostable cups. However, disposable "compostable" cups require commercial composting to biodegrade and most end up in general landfill anyway.

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We need YOU to help green the Picnic! Apply to volunteer now!

Issued in the blog on July 28, 2017 at 14:27:00.

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For the last 2 years, Friends of the Earth has brought a super team of volunteers to Ireland's biggest music, comedy and spoken word festival - Electric Picnic. This year will be our biggest venture yet.

Will you be part of it?

Festivals can be intense bursts of waste; thousands of people in a relatively small area, usually eating every meal from a food truck, needing to dispose of each food container. Beer cans often blanket the ground, melding with broken tents on the Monday morning to provide a perfect picture for every Irish newspaper, fodder for festival shame. It's embarrassing, it's disgusting, and it's a blight on the face of Ireland.

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Sick of Plastic

Issued in news on July 11, 2017 at 11:58:00.

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Friends of the Earth welcome Waste Reduction Bill debate in Dáil today

Today, July 11 th 2017 the Waste Reduction Bill will be debated at second stage in the Dáil. Friends of the Earth welcome the introduction of this important proposed legislation that would ensure single use disposable items such as coffee cups are made from compostable materials, and would introduce a deposit refund scheme on all drinks bottles to encourage proper disposal of these recyclable items that too often end up as litter on our streets and in our rivers, or in landfill.

Commenting, Kate Ruddock Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth said,

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