Reduce and replace single use plastic in large restaurant chains.

Reduce and replace single use plastic in large restaurant chains.

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Christine Jorgensen started this petition to McDonald's and

Mass single-use plastic production arose in the 1800’s in the hopes of replacing materials such as tortoise shell and ivory. Quickly plastics became an easy alternative as they can be moulded, extruded, cast, melted and blown into limitless shapes and sizes. They can be resistant to high and low temperatures as well as impacts. Plastics often contain additives which make them strong, flexible and highly durable. The convenience plastics offer, have led to a throw-away culture that reveals the underlying dark side to this material. Today single use plastics account for approximately 40% of plastic produced today. Of plastics produced roughly 9% world wide is recycled properly, 12% is incinerated, and 79% accumulates in land fills or the natural environment such as our oceans. 

But plastic never biodegrades, it only breaks down over time into micro plastics, persisting in the environment forever. Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists today, and we are simply adding to this amount every year. Micro plastics have now even been found in the deepest trough of the Mariana Trench, all the way up to the highest peak of Mount Everest. This rapid increasing production and presence of plastic is overwhelming the worlds ability to deal with it. And the question remains, after it is thrown away, where are we going to put it all? 

Every year 8 million metric tons of waste escapes into the worlds oceans, where millions of animals are killed by plastic every year, from sea birds to fish, and sea turtles to marine mammals. Plastics have even been found in the fresh water being consumed by land based animals such as elephants, zebras, tigers, camels and rhinos. In fact single use plastics often accumulate on land, and are carried out to sea by rivers, that act as conveyor belts, picking up more and more rubbish as they move downstream towards the ocean. 

The solution is clear, yes we need to find ways to clean up and fix the damage that has already been done, but in order to stop the damage to the environment we need to prevent plastic waste from entering rivers and from entering our ocean. This can be achieved with improved waste management and recycling systems, and better product packaging designs that reduce unnecessary single use plastics and are instead made from biodegradable, or compostable materials. What we purchase plays a huge role in change. If we do not purchase plastic products there is no reason to produce them. But we also have to speak up to organisations that could make a huge difference in the reduction of single use plastic packaging. Many large restaurant chains that serve thousands of people everyday, still use single use plastics to serve their food and drinks, such as plastic straws, plastic cutlery, plastic coffee cup lids, plastic cups, plastic plates and plastic containers. All of these items today are able to be replaced by compostable and biodegradable alternatives. 

Please sign this petition to let large restaurant chains know that we want them to change their packaging to sustainable, biodegradable and compostable packing. We want change, and we ask them to work with us to make this world a better place. We ask these organisations to help reduce negative human impacts on wildlife and ecosystems. There is approximately 150 million metric tons of waste currently in the ocean, and by 2050 it is predicted that there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish. In order to help protect and conserve wildlife, we need to address and solve the single use plastic pollution crisis that plagues environments. 

Thank you for signing this petition. Hopefully this helps to save the lives of the animals that can’t speak for themselves or their homes. 

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