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Five groups in Ireland to help you reduce your plastic waste

July 11th 2017 To celebrate Plastic Free July we have put together a list of five groups in Ireland that can help you cut plastic out of your life. From re-using goods to simple advice, these groups are invaluable sources of information and also lots of fun to be a part of! 1. Zero Waste Ireland Zero Waste Ireland is …

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Plastic polluting Scotland’s remotest islands and beaches

June 27th, 2017 Marine scientists aboard Greenpeace’s vessel the Beluga II have documented extensive plastic pollution in some of the most remote parts of the UK. The Beluga II  is due to dock in Edinburgh today after a 2-month survey and in-depth analysis will follow in the coming months. Initial findings document extensive plastic pollution in remote locations of Scotland, …

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Can we turn the tide on the marine plastic pollution?

June 14th, 2017 Last week, World Oceans Day correctly directed our attention to the 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans. Active research and public awareness of this issue may well be at its highest ever. This is a good thing. The question, however, is whether we can translate this awareness into meaningful action. The urgency cannot …

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Uplift campaign launched to push for drinks container deposit refund scheme

May 11th, 2017 Zero Waste Ireland and VOICE have launched a campaign on Uplift to petition the Minister for Climate Action and the Environment to Introduce a Deposit-Refund System for drinks containers in Ireland. According to VOICE, container deposit and refund schemes are extremely successful at addressing the recycling of bottles and cans in other countries. These systems reduce waste, raise …

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What is the Circular Economy and how can it help?

20th March 2017 The EU has been making moves towards a circular economy. Recently they voted to back legislation which aims for at least 70% of municipal waste to be recycled, and food waste to be reduced by 50% by 2030. Businesses, governments and public sector organisations are also working to achieve the elusive circle. But what exactly is the circular …