environmental issues

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Petition to Dave Lewis, Tesco

Tell Tesco: ban disposable plastic straws

Over 500 million plastic straws are produced in the US alone every single day, only to be used for a few minutes before being thrown in the bin or littered. Eventually, millions of these straws end up in our oceans,  harming our sea life - as seen in a cringe-inducing video that's gone viral, where a team of scientists pull an entire plastic straw from the nostril of a sea turtle whilst it winces in pain and bleeds. Whilst our fast food restaurants like Mcdonalds and Wetherspoons are being called on, Tesco is the market leader of supermarkets in the UK and are responsible for selling huge amounts of plastic straws. They've already taken positive steps to combat plastic waste; this year announcing they would switch their plastic cotton bud stems to paper - now it's time for us to tell Tesco to lead the way again and switch out plastic straws to one of the many alternative and environmentally friendly options.  Whilst straws are a necessity to some people, there are several alternatives to plastic straws that can be sold in our supermarkets instead, such as paper, bamboo or metal straws which can be reused or recycled, and don't end up in our oceans and landfill as plastic waste. It is said, there are enough plastic straws to wrap around the earth's circumference 2.5 times a day, and if we don't act fast enough, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. Tesco hold the power in their hands to step up and lead the way as the market leader of supermarkets. Please sign this petition to tell Tesco to stop selling straws and start saving wildlife. Let's put the pressure on and make them ditch the plastic!  Sincerely, Clare

Clare Jones
197,229 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to West Lakes Academy, Jonathan Johnson

Stop plastic waste: West Lakes Academy

Blue Planet II has allowed us to witness our impact on the oceans and marine life, and has acted as inspiration for this petiton. Our seas are home to fascinating life, but we are poisoning them through our laziness and waste. Plastic litter has been a particular focus in the series, for example it was attributed to the death of a whale calf. The mother carried its deceased child's corpse for a week in mourning. There are many simple changes that can happen to help prevent such incidents. West Lakes Academy does not currently have plastic recycling bins in the refectory, and so no plastic packaging is recycled which has been a concern of students. We are calling on West Lakes Academy to do more to reduce the harm we are causing to our planet. We want and are calling for: A reduction in the amount of plastic packaging used for food, and the elimination of any non-recyclable plastic that may be used.  A reduction in the amount of plastic cutlery used.  The removal of disposable cups by encouraging pupils and staff to bring in their own reusable cups and flasks. Introduce recycling bins for any plastic packaging. Our everyday choices add up, and we all carry responsibility in making choices which will aid our planet. 'Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet and never before have we had the power to do something about that. Surely we have a responsibility to care for our blue planet.' - Sir David Attenborough

Juliet Patrick
1,549 supporters