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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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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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Please call Minister Naughten as he bows to vested interests, scraps latte levy

Issued in the blog on April 26, 2018 at 15:10:00.

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You’re not going to believe this.

Our Minister for Climate Action, Communications and Environment has just rowed back on his commitment [i] to implement a levy on single-use, non-recyclable coffee cups, of which we use half a million every single day.

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Thousands of shoppers across Ireland are ditching plastic at supermarkets today

Issued in news on April 21, 2018 at 10:55:00.

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Volunteers will be outside hundreds of stores promoting "Shop and Drop"

Positive response from supermarkets must lead to lasting change

Online overage includes: Irish Times. Irish Sun. Irish Examiner.

Thousands of shoppers around the country are planning to leave their unwanted plastic packaging at their local supermarket today in a "Shop and Drop" day of action against supermarket packaging organized by the Sick of Plastic campaign.

Over 400 volunteers have registered to promote the action at stores across Ireland from Carndonagh to Cobh, Westport to Wexford and Ballyfermot to Ballsbridge (Map of action here)

Meaghan Carmody, Head of Mobilization for the campaign said:

“Today's action is a simple way for shoppers to let supermarkets know they we want them to use less plastic packaging.

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#ShopAndDrop is today, and you are making it our biggest ever action.

Issued in the blog on April 21, 2018 at 03:04:00.


The Sick of Plastic day of action on supermarket packaging is here. Thousands of people up and down the country are planning to shop in their local supermarket today and leave their unwanted packaging at the checkout. 400 people have registered to promote the action outside supermarkets, from Buncrana to Kinsale and from Westport to Waterford. Local organisers have been on radio stations from Cork to Dongeal and today's coverage alone includes the Irish Times and the Sun. We have never had a response like it, and it's all down to people like you.

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'Shop and Drop' is Next Saturday. And we need your help!

Issued in the blog on April 14, 2018 at 10:16:00.


Next Saturday, April 21st, is the Sick Of Plastic Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging. We're asking all our supporters to "Shop and Drop" - shop as normal in your local supermarket and then drop your unwanted packaging at the checkout after you pay.

Hundreds have people have signed up to volunteer outside supermarkets on the day. Thank you so much if you are one of them. And we've had more media interest in this than anything else we have ever organized.

Now we need to make sure it really happens on the day. And we need your help to maximize the impact. Can you:

1. Chip in to cover the costs
2. Volunteer on the day
3. Spread the Word

1. Chip in to cover the costs

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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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>>Sign-up right here<<

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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