Global plastics production has increased twentyfold since the 1960s, with the equivalent of a rubbish truck full of it dumped into the sea every minute.
The Sick Of Plastic Campaign is today asking people to shop as normal – and then take off the excess plastic packaging and leave it at the checkout.
The Green Party are rowing in behind the campaign.
Waterford Chairperson Marc Ó’Cathasaigh says that an unfair amount of responsibility for the “plastic problem” has been placed on the shoulders on individuals and not enough on producers.
“I don’t have much choice on what I place in my shopping bag,” he says, “we want to push the problem back to the producers so that consumers do have a choice. Their not saddled with all this plastic coming through their door, which now increasingly we have to pay to get rid of.”
He says ordinary people are adaptable, citing the smoking ban and the ‘Bag for Life’.
“Irish people can make huge changes in a short space of time and I think it’s exactly this kind of grassroots movement we need to put pressure back onto the producers.”