SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT- Stop The Economist from using single-use plastic wraps!

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SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT- Stop The Economist from using single-use plastic wraps!

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Nandini Shiralkar started this petition to The Economist and

The Economist has 1.4 million readers. In the second half of 2018, almost 900,000 copies were printed, each of which came with a plastic wrap. Each plastic wrap boasted the recycling symbol. But is it enough to say that this piece of single-use plastic that you are holding is recyclable? What guarantee is there that each wrap will reach a recycling centre, and not the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?


In fact, it is important to burst the bubble of the recycling myth. It is time to think whether recycling is really as sustainable as it is made out to be. The cost involved in collecting the rubbish adds up. The energy required to actually recycle cancels out the benefits. Recycling for the Environment has unfortunately become Recycling for Profit. Isn’t it better to simply reuse than recycle? But perhaps this voice of reason has been smothered by all the for-profit companies which find it cheaper to manufacture single-use plastic.


Each wrap around The Economist magazine which is not recycled adds to the growing number of landfills. We must reduce our plastic footprint and therefore I want The Economist to use alternative wrapping materials for their printed magazines. I would like The Economist to switch to eco-friendly alternatives, such as the biodegradable potato starch wrap, or even the more easily recycled paper wrap.


The plastic revolution in 2018 did a lot to take us a step closer towards a sustainable world; however, to actually save our world, it is going to be a race against time. Every single bit of plastic is disastrous not just for the environment, but also for you and me. Each bit of plastic will eventually end up in the oceans- in the guts of the fish. From there, the journey of the microplastics to our dinner plates is strikingly short.


This is an issue that is close to the heart of The Economist, as suggested by the numerous articles in the magazine about climate change. However, the plastic wrap provides enough evidence that the company’s actions are inconsistent with their values.


The following quote from the March 2018 print edition highlights the fact that The Economist is very much aware of the issue:


‘Unfortunately, of the 6.3bn tonnes of plastic waste produced since the 1950s only 9% has been recycled and another 12% incinerated. The rest has been dumped in landfills or the natural environment.’
 

Some of this 6.3bn tonnes has come from the packaging around each of the printed magazines. This highlights the fact that we must be reducing our use of plastic, rather than simply making it recyclable. It is also very surprising to see that The Economist is not part of the UK government Plastic Pact, especially since almost a fifth of their readers reside in the UK.


The Economist Group should take this initiative and set example for others to follow. With one of the largest audiences, The Economist magazine is in a good place to reach out to people and tell them to reduce their reliance on single-use plastic.


I am making this plea to The Economist Group. Think about our world and ditch that plastic wrap. Switch it for a biodegradable one. In fact, it is okay to even not have a wrap at all!


As demonstrated by the plastic revolution in 2018, I strongly believe that this issue is imperative to all those who care about the world that we live in. It is crucial that we take action now to avoid disappointment. It is a race against time, a race for the integrity of our environment, a race for our future. So please sign this petition in order to make The Economist take the action for our environment.

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