To: Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy

Ban plastic microbeads from Ireland ASAP

Ban plastic microbeads from Ireland ASAP

Please ensure that Ireland, before the end of 2018, introduces a ban both on the manufacture and the sale of any products containing microbeads.

Why is this important?

72% of sampled Irish drinking water is contaminated by microplastics [1]. Fish that we eat have been shown to have consumed plastics [2]. We are eating and drinking tiny fragments of plastic - this has become a human health issue of massive proportions.

The Government promised to ban microplastics within a year in 2016, but we are still waiting. [3] Countries all over the world are taking action, and we can too. Eoghan Murphy, it's time to take decisive action and ban all products containing microplastics!

We're asking Eoghan Murphy to follow the lead of other countries across Europe and put in place a ban on the manufacture and sale of plastic microbeads in this country.

[1] https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/our-drinking-water-is-widely-contaminated-with-tiny-bits-of-plastic-36104664.html
[2] https://theconversation.com/bait-and-switch-anchovies-eat-plastic-because-it-smells-like-prey-81607
[3] http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/micro-beads-there-will-be-more-waste-plastic-in-the-ocean-than-fish-by-2050-3667684-Oct2017/


Reasons for signing

  • We've been washing this junk into the environment for far too long. Now that we know what we're doing to the environment, there is no excuse for not banning it immediately. Please end it now Minister Murphy
  • We need to realise that this plastic could if,it is not adressed result in fish being taken out of the food chain .Because of the health risk to us from this contamination caused ironically by us.
  • Concerned!

Updates

2018-01-11 20:15:10 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2018-01-11 19:20:31 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-01-11 18:37:58 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-01-11 17:43:13 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-01-11 17:31:35 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-01-11 17:26:58 +0000

10 signatures reached