One way to guarantee a reduction in packaging is to bring our own reusable containers to the shops and supermarkets to refill and reuse. It’s up to our shops and supermarkets to offer us these solutions. LIDL in France has had refill options since 2017 and their popular Carrefour chain has embraced refill with no push back from customers.
The Sick of Plastic Campaign has been working hard to pressure Irish supermarkets to reduce the amount of plastic on their shelves that invariably ends up in our rivers and oceans through leakage from landfills and as toxic fumes coming from our incinerators.
We want an end to the over use of single use plastic we are seeing here in Ireland and we want it sooner rather than later. Aldi UK has just announced it will trial a refill station at its store in Ulverston, Cumbria we want to see this happen in Ireland too.
Sick of Plastic recently joined forces with Climate Love Ireland to push our online petition. We now have over 25,000 signatures and we are bringing these demands to Irish Supermarkets: LIDL, ALDI, SUPERVALU, Dunnes Stores and Tesco. We are also using this petition to demand adequate policy from our political leaders that will tackle the plastic crisis we find ourselves in and bring in refill targets for each waste sector.