We want to encourage supermarkets to stop using plastic packaging in their stores
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Plastic is one of the biggest challenges in our world today. Not only does it take hundreds of years to break down, but the production of plastic produces huge amounts of greenhouse gases such as methane, carbon dioxide and ethylene.
Irish supermarkets alone produce 80,000 tonnes of plastic waste each year, British supermarkets produce 10 times that amount. We produce so much plastic that it will form a distinct layer of sedimentary rock. By 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. This pollutes the sea – affecting more than 600 species of marine life Plastic is consumed by sea life because they mistake it for food – plastic has been found in the stomachs of turtles, whales, dolphins and fish. Eating plastic results in death by for animals by malnutrition or poisoning. This impacts humans because we eat so much seafood – 92.6 tonnes were caught in 2015. Micro-plastics have been found in almost all parts of seas and oceans – even as far down as the Mariana Trench – 10,000 m deep. It is in our rivers and seas, soil, even tapwater.
We are a group of 1st year students from Cork, Ireland determined to stop the rise in plastic use. Please help us by signing our petition, thanks!
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