Sick of Plastic Campaign
The Sick of Plastic campaign formed 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 take action on single use plastics.
Here are some of the campaign's highlights since launching in early 2018;
- Supported Zero Waste activist Diane Forsyth’s Uplift petition by inviting people to ‘ditch their plastic’ at Dáil Éireann for the petition hand-over
- Organised a nationwide ‘Shop and Drop’ day of action where 1,000’s left their unwanted plastic packaging behind in Supermarkets
- Hosted a briefing on the Waste Reduction bill for 80+ TDs and their constituents
- Joined 'Break Free From Plastic' in Brussels to encourage Irish MEPs to support EU Plastic Legislation which resulted in an EU ban on some of the most problematic single use plastics
- Teamed up with Uplift to deliver a strong 30,000 signature petition to TDs ahead of discussions on the Waste Reduction Bill
The petition, which you can sign here, has the following four demands;
- Supermarkets to reduce single use plastics and unnecessary plastic packaging
- Introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and aluminium cans
- Tax single use coffee cups and promote reuse
- Ban single use plastic, following recent EU Plastics Legislation
In 2019 Sick of Plastic will be increasing the pressure on Supermarkets, it’s time they took our demands seriously. Our petition now has over 16,000 names, and we want to present it to every major Supermarket in as many towns across the country as we can.
But before we approach Supermarkets again, we want to gather some data on what progress, if any, has been made. We're going to name and shame supermarkets who are refusing to act on plastic, and praise those who are taking the lead.
2018 was the year that kicked off the public's interest in plastic - 2019 is ripe for action to break free from plastic both on consumer and governmental level. With so many dedicated people now on board, we have no doubt it can happen.
Can you help us find out what supermarkets are doing to tackle plastic by completing this really quick survey?
Sick of Plastic will also continue to pressure government to support the Waste Reduction Bill, introduced by the Green Party, which is calling for points 2, 3 and 4 of our demands above.
If you have not yet signed the plastic petition, please do now and share it widely across your networks.
'Shop and Drop' - day of action on Supermarket packaging!
On Saturday 21st April, the day before Earth Day, 100's of volunteers gathered outside local supermarkets across Ireland encouraging 1000's of shoppers to leave their unwanted plastic packaging behind at the checkout.
Communities across the country targeted their local Supermarket of choice, including large supermarket chains including Supervalu, Tesco, Dunnes, Marks and Spencer, Lidl and Aldi.
Sign up to the campaign mailing list and be the first to know about the next actions!
Want to know more? Read our blog post 'Break Free From Plastic - Naked Truths'.
Additionally, we encourage shops to offer discounts to patrons who bring their own reusable containers and coffee cups - as part of the Conscious Cup Campaign.