Pledge Against Using Single-Use Plastic

Pledge Against Using Single-Use Plastic

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Maggie Galloway started this petition to The Human Race

We might not notice it, but every day we contribute to the pollution of the Earth. You go on your two-mile morning run come home and grab a plastic water bottle out of the fridge. You might consume 1-2 of these a day. You're on your daily commute to work. You forget to brush your teeth, so you pop a piece of gum into your mouth. You stop by Starbucks to grab your iced coffee. A big ole cup of joe with a nice plastic straw to drink it out of. You leave work late and you grab take out from your favorite restaurant. You get your food in a takeout box in a plastic bag with plastic-wrapped plastic cutlery to go with it. All of these choices we make have simple individual fixes. Well, why shouldn't we use plastic?

To begin with, single-use plastic is very hard to control in certain areas. Due to their lightweight, they can travel very far and reach places they are not supposed to be in. Second, the production of plastic is a huge source of pollution to the environment. The plastic takes a mass amount of fossil fuels to be created and transported. With plastics ending up in unknown places, they can end up in the habitats of many animals who may confuse the plastic for food, and then eat it. They can choke on the plastic or become fatally ill and die from consumption. The plastic straw you used can pierce through a sea turtles eye, impairing its vision forever. 

If the animals consume these plastics, we are also eating plastic. The fish dinner you ate yesterday might as well be the plastic grocery bag you used last week. According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. 

Plastic doesn't biodegrade, ever. It might break down into smaller pieces but it never truly deteriorates. 

So replace that plastic water bottle with a reusable water bottle, get a metal straw, and get a reusable grocery bag. You can personally make a change in our environment by pledging to not use single-use plastic. 

read more here: https://www.greenchildmagazine.com/single-use-plastic/#:~:text=Animals%20also%20mistake%20single%20use,by%20immobilizing%20or%20strangling%20them

 

 

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