Let’s Break Free From Plastic Waste and Pollution

We wrapped up another Environmental module this week where the main concern the students discussed was the use of single use plastic. They would recommend that everybody watch the film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ on Netflix. During this module we watched this really informative film and pledged to do something to cut down on our own use of plastic. Many students inquired in coffee shops as to what their policies are and found that some coffee companies offer a discount if you bring your own reusable coffee cup. They also felt more encouraged to stop using plastic bags and they now use lunchboxes to bring their lunch to school or reusable environmentally friendly bags when they go shopping.

This morning Friends of the Earth announced a Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging on Saturday 21st April. On that day our Environmentalists 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.

The Campaign has written to the big supermarket chains with 6 proposals on how they can reduce plastic:

  1. Offer more items without packaging, such as fruit and vegetables (without plastic trays, wrapping and nets) and fresh bread.
  2. Ensure their own brand packaging is easily compostable or recyclable and uses less plastic.
  3. Demand, through your own purchasing power, that brands you carry have easily compostable or recyclable packaging, and use less plastic.
  4. Blaze a trail in Ireland by implementing a plastic free aisle, as has been done in the Netherlands.
  5. Set up systems whereby consumers can buy items in bulk, to reduce packaging, like in the Dublin Food Coop.
  6. Follow in the footsteps of some smaller retailers and set up a system whereby customers can use their own containers to buy dried goods, buying only what they need.

That weekend is also Earth Hour weekend so we’ve lots of time to prepare and think about our own carbon footprints.

We will keep you updated !