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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.

Nuaghten and Bosco

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.

Shop and Drop POSTCARD FRONT - FOR WEB

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.

Shop and Drop POSTCARD FRONT - FOR WEB

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

Shop and Drop Donate Button

 

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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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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.

ZWI- plastic petition

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:

sign here button

 

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.

History

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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