End Single-Use Plastic at Panda Express
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Having lived in the Puget Sound region for my sixteen years of life, I take pride in my local landscape. Our community is lucky to be surrounded by lush mountains and endless water. We take pride in implementing green policies and on keeping the region pristine.
At least, that's the illusion.
Every year, Washington generates tens of millions of pounds of plastic waste, and the majority isn't recycled. Instead, some of this plastic goes into the ocean, where it breaks down into its smaller, toxic components. These components accumulate in the tissues of wildlife and people.
This threatens the health of Puget Sound. It threatens our declining Southern Resident killer whales, and it threatens me and other youth who will inherit this region.
But if we care about the well-being of our children, we should hold companies that distribute plastic accountable. One of those companies is Panda Express.
If you have ever gotten a meal at Panda Express, you know how much plastic is generated--a plastic container, plastic utensils, maybe a plastic bag, too. And that's just for one person. But Panda Express has over 2,000 store locations which can process up to hundreds of orders every day. Think about how much plastic could be saved if Panda Express switched to biodegradable products. Subway, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and other major chains have pledged to cut down on their plastic distribution. Why can't Panda Express do the same?
For the health of my community and others around the world, I urge Panda Express to stop its use of disposable plastic containers and utensils and substitute them for something biodegradable. The people and wildlife of Puget Sound deserve better.
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