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This week a new report found marginalised groups and vulnerable communities are bearing the brunt of environmental degradation caused by plastic pollution. Meanwhile, legislation in France is set to force supermarkets to devote a fifth of their shelves to refill stations in a bid to reduce plastic. 

In other news, international campaign group A Plastic Planet revealed new polling which found almost eight in ten UK people support a ban on single-use plastic sample sachets used in the personal and home care industries.

I also had the pleasure of speaking to VOICE Ireland’s Lyndsey O’Connell, who oversees the organisation’s Sick of Plastic campaign, about how we can tackle the plastic crisis.

As always, we hope you enjoy reading.

John Higginson
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The Plastic Free Post Interview: Lyndsey O’Connell

Lyndsey O’Connell, VOICE Ireland’s Sick of Plastic Campaign Lead, on the importance of tackling plastic pollution, how to reduce plastic consumption, and her favourite plastic-free thing in the world.

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Plastic pollution a huge threat to marginalised groups

Plastic pollution is a huge threat to marginalised groups according to a new UNEP report. The document addresses the human and environmental damage that plastic pollution causes. The report, titled ‘Neglected: Environmental justice impacts of plastic pollution’, criticises the effects of plastic pollution in many marginalised communities, finding that they disproportionately bear the brunt of environmental degradation caused by plastic pollution.

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Supermarkets in France forced to ditch plastic and set up refill stations

France is set to introduce green legislation which forces its supermarkets to devote a fifth of their shelves to refill stations. The measure, part of a wide-ranging environmental bill, is designed to cut down on plastic waste by encouraging customers to fill their own containers with goods such as pasta and shampoo. Environmentalists say that France is among the first countries to legislate on the issue. However, the bill is facing resistance from retailers, who say that it will leave mess, and manufacturers, who fear it will end marketing campaigns based around brand names.

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Britons want ban on plastic sample sachets 

A new poll has revealed overwhelming support for a ban on plastic sample sachets used by the personal and home care industries. Almost eight-in-ten Britons say plastic sample sachets should be banned in the UK, and more than four-in-five say the Government should not ignore their impact on plastic pollution.  The poll was commissioned by international campaign group A Plastic Planet as part of its Sack the Sachet campaign. Plastic sample sachets are used to package single doses of products including perfume, shampoo, shower gel, and detergent, often to encourage sales of full-size products.

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Public urged to take up ‘million mile beach clean’ challenge

Campaigners have launched what they say will be the UK’s biggest ever beach clean, as part of efforts to tackle the threat of plastic pollution. Surfers Against Sewage marked the launch of their “million mile beach clean” with a 50-metre sand drawing of a seal surrounded by plastic on Cayton Bay in Yorkshire. The charity hopes to inspire 100,000 people to clean up their local beach, river, street or green spaces, to clear a million miles by the end of 2021, as part of a new “million mile clean” environmental campaign.

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