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Sick of Plastic Campaign

sicklogoThe 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
  • Delivered Sick of Plastic petition with 21,300 names to Tesco with results of supermarket plastic audit.

The petition, which you can sign here, has the following four demands;

  1. Supermarkets to reduce single use plastics and unnecessary plastic packaging
  2. Introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and aluminium cans
  3. Tax single use coffee cups and promote reuse
  4. 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.  

If you have not yet signed the plastic petition, please do now and share it widely across your networks.

Take part in our #Loose4Less action:

  1. Take a photo when you are doing your shopping, show examples of where a product costs more loose than the packaged option
  2. Post the photo on your choice of social media tagging your supermarket and include the hashtag #Loose4Less
  3. If you don’t use social media, you can send the photos to with the name of the supermarket and location and we will post it for you

'Shop and Drop' - day of action on Supermarket packaging!

On Saturday 21st April 2018, 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.

In 2019, we did it again and now we hope communities and citizens will continue to shop and drop ongoing to keep pressure on supermarkets!

Sign up to the campaign mailing list and be the first to know about the next actions!

You can follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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