We’re launching Sky Ocean Rescue in Ireland with our second plastic whale, Poly, staff from our Irish office, Amanda Byram and The Riptide Movement.

The launch ties in with independent survey research commissioned by Sky Ocean Rescue that has found that 85% of Irish people are concerned by Ireland’s plastic usage*. Sky Ocean Rescue aims to inspire everyone – including other businesses - to make simple, everyday changes to help save our oceans. 

The research highlights the increasing public concern in Ireland, with most people (82%) believing that it’s one of the most serious issues facing us today and two thirds of people having seen plastics first-hand, in their local rivers and lakes. The new data sits alongside the recent revelation that Ireland is the top producer of plastic waste in Europe, producing 61kg of plastic waste per person each year.**   

Each person typically buys six plastic bottles each week – stretching from Dublin to Boston if laid end to end. Less than 1 in 10 people feel that they can avoid items packaged in plastics due to lack of alternatives, preventing them from living plastic-free lives. This demonstrates further the strong public desire to see change from government and business alike, to lead the way, inspire others and work together to #PassOnPlastic. 

JD Buckley, Managing Director, Sky Ireland, said: “We’ve launched Sky Ocean Rescue in Ireland to encourage people to make easy, simple changes to stop our island being surrounded by plastic. Research tells us that 85% of people are concerned with plastic usage in Ireland and as one of the top producers of plastic waste it’s time to pass on plastic and do what we can to protect our oceans.” 

Supporting Sky Ocean Rescue, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, said: "I commend Sky Ocean Rescue for the leadership they are showing in this area. Marine litter is harmful to our oceans and to the marine life within them. To properly harness our ocean wealth, this is a challenge we need to tackle, so that we can protect the greatest national resource that Ireland has- the sea that surrounds our island." 

Amanda Byram commented: “I am passionate about the environment and our beautiful Irish coastlines. I’m very proud to be a part of and to launch the Sky Ocean Rescue initiative here today, a campaign that will help to stop the increasing problem we have seen unfold in our oceans.  

It’s so important to preserve our coasts and personally I’ve made small changes in my own life, such as passing on plastic water bottles, straws, bags and coffee cups - but there’s still more we can all do, we need to work together to make a difference.” 

The Riptide Movement (Gar Byrne, Malachy Tuohy, JPR Dalton and Gerard McGarry) added: “We as a group are hugely passionate about the ocean and think everyone should be aware of their usage and disposal of plastic packaging. We are currently on a tour of coastal venues around Ireland to spread the message that our cities and towns need to be kept plastic free in order to ensure plastic waste doesn’t make its way to our coastline and damage marine life. For that reason, we pass on plastic.” 

The launch of Sky Ocean Rescue with Poly coincided with its inaugural staff beach clean. Poly is made from the same amount of plastic that pollutes our ocean every second, arrived at Bull Island, Dublin. Throughout the day lots of plastic rubbish was collected from the beach and will be disposed of with the support of Clean Coasts.  

Find out more about Sky Ocean Rescue, its commitments and how you can make simple, everyday changes to #PassOnPlastic at the Sky Ocean Rescue Facebook Page, @SkyOceanRescue on Twitter, or explore the rest of this website.