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Shop And Drop Drogheda - Guest Blog

Issued in the blog on March 05, 2020 at 17:13:00.

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Brid Ni Chionaola is a member of the Drogheda Sick of Plastic local group, who formed in October 2019 and have been active in pressuring their local supermarkets to Break Free From Plastic.

Be inspired, find your local group (or start one) and join the campaign for the next day of action April 25th!

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Richard Bruton, we want to see your study on Deposit Return Scheme

Issued in news on November 06, 2019 at 16:47:00.

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Sick of Plastic Campaigners dump littered plastic bottles at Minister for Environment’s office to demand Deposit Return Scheme

As campaigners welcomed Minister Bruton's first steps to combat plastic pollution they urged him to introduce a Deposit and Return Scheme to capture the 1 million plastic bottles a day that don't get recycled. 

Sick of Plastic campaigners who gathered littered bottles for the protest outside the Minister's office were joined by 12-year old Flossie the Beach Cleaner, who spends her weekends picking up rubbish from her local beach.

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Sick of Plastic Campaigners dump littered plastic bottles at Minister for Environment’s front door to demand Deposit Return Scheme

Issued in news on November 04, 2019 at 10:20:00.

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Sick of Plastic Campaigners dump littered plastic bottles at Minister for Environment’s front door to demand Deposit Return Scheme

A ‘Plastic Bottle Rally’ will take place at the doorstep of Minister for the Environment’s office next Wednesday at 1pm to demand action on plastic waste.

It’s almost two years since campaigners [1] ‘Ditched their Plastic at the Dáil' demanding that government introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) in Ireland for the recycling collection of plastic bottles and aluminium cans.

Ten months following that protest Minister for the Environment, Richard Bruton, announced he would commission a study [2] to see how a DRS could operate in Ireland.

Claudia Tormey, from Sick of Plastic comments:

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Plastic Bottle Rally - Let's Demand DRS!

Issued in the blog on October 31, 2019 at 17:11:00.

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Join us for a Plastic Bottle Rally 1pm November 6th!

Back in January 2018, we 'Ditched Our Plastic at the Dáil' in support of Zero Waste activist Dianne Forsythe's Uplift petition calling on government to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) for the recycling collection of plastic bottles in Ireland.

It took Minister for the Environment, Richard Bruton, a whole year to respond, and the best he could do was commission a study to see how DRS could operate in Ireland. (Despite existing evidence proving that it works).

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What's driving the fracking boom? Spoiler: it's plastic!

Issued in the blog on October 07, 2019 at 18:39:00.


Last week 4,500 people took the email action to tell our politicians that we don't want to import fracked gas!

Public pressure is working! On Friday we got the debate in the Dail, and now Government must undertake a review of Irish energy security before any further support for the Shannon LNG project can proceed.

We need to keep the pressure on, to make sure the review is independent and Paris Aligned. This fight is only beginning.

If you haven't yet signed our petition to Stop Shannon LNG (the terminal planned to import gas) please take action now and share it widely with your friends.

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What's gas got to do with plastic?

Issued in the blog on October 01, 2019 at 18:32:00.


Do you ever wonder about the link between gas and plastics?

Well the first link is that the plastic industry is owned by big oil and gas companies including DowDuPont, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and BP.

The second big link is that plastic is made from oil and gas!

Despite our best efforts to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle, plastic production is set to increase 40% over the next decade.

This is because fracking is on the rise and fracked gas is the raw material that makes plastic.

Want to learn more? Check out this webinar!

The Gastivists Collective are hosting this really great webinar series to dive deeper into the links between gas and plastic, and why we need to #KeepItInTheGround to #BreakFreeFromPlastic!

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Communities are fed up picking up plastic litter, ready to name and shame producers.

Issued in news on September 11, 2019 at 18:27:00.

Brand audit is the new cleanup

Over the next two weeks, and to mark World Clean Up Day on September 21st, environmental organisations are inviting communities across the world to take part in a brand audit – it’s like a clean-up, but better.

It’s time producers take responsibility for the plastic waste they are dumping onto the planet.

Through this Brand Audit, data collected by ‘Break Free From Plastic’, a global network of organisations, will be used to name and shame producers who are creating the most waste.

Pressure will be put on governments to legislate for producer fees to be increased globally and to adopt more effective legislation to incentivise companies to adopt more sustainable packaging practices and to encourage consumers to reduce their use of single-use plastics and packaging.

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Our Green Messenger Days are Over

Issued in news on August 20, 2019 at 11:15:00.

Friends of the Earth will not be joining Electric Picnic as Green Messengers this year. After much thought and discussion, it was decided that because of our limited resources and capacity we feel our energy should be placed in supporting the grassroots climate movement rather than sustainability at festivals.

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It was great fun to be part of the Electric Picnic team over the years, and we met so many great people, but we feel that we did everything we could have done and wish the best of luck to those who step in to take over.

Thanks so much to everyone who volunteered with us over the past three years helping gather support and create awareness on our campaigns.

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On the Road to Plastic Free!

Issued in the blog on July 23, 2019 at 12:08:00.

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Breaking free from plastic is not just a personal journey, it's a global movement of millions of people pushing for bigger action on plastic production, consumption and waste.

And we have some good news to share!

In May 2019 the EU formally approved a pioneer legislation to curb single-use plastics and earlier this month the EU Single Use Plastic (SUP) Directive was adopted and made law. Member states, including Ireland, now have two years to adopt it into Irish law and ensure we are on track to reach its targets.

This milestone is all thanks to plastic free campaigners who demanded change from industry and government all across Europe.

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Stand Up and Act for Plastic Free July!

Issued in the blog on July 08, 2019 at 17:22:00.

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It’s Plastic Free July! And we have two actions for you to help Ireland #BreakFreeFromPlastic!

Can you believe loose produce is actually more expensive than the same product wrapped in plastic? Supermarkets need to create incentives for people to do the right thing, not punish those who want to help the environment!

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