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Petition to School Heads, Environmental Organisations, Parents, concerned community members, Ward Councillors, Teachers, Children, Stuart Pringle, Gregory Peck, Western Cape education department, Nature enthusiasts, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Conservationists, WESSA , Eco-Schools

Stop Artificial Turf Fields, PROTECT our Children and the Environment of SOMERSET WEST

An increasing number of schools and public play areas are installing artificial turf / grass / plastic grass on playing fields and play areas in Somerset West and across the Western Cape. Please join us. Your signature matters. As a Somerset West resident and parent, I support the need for playing fields for student activities and areas for children to play. At the same time, I am opposed to artificial or synthetic turf fields for one or more of the reasons listed in this document. Over the past few years we have seen schools and public play areas remove natural grass in favour of  artificial turf, lights and bleachers. If this happens, we are exposing our children to toxins and other serious issues which may affect their health later in life.  We are also damaging our environment.  In actual fact we are destroying the area the synthetic turf is installed.  The natural eco-systems and delicate balance of life working in our soils can no longer funtion once artificial turf is placed over it.  Artificial grass also promotes global warming. 1. Health Effects – Detrimental Due to Carcinogenic ExposureArtificial/Synthetic turf is made up of at least three major parts: backing material to hold the individual blades of artificial grass, the plastic blades themselves and the infill, those tiny crumbs that support the blades. All contain known carcinogens.    Primary and senior School children, both current and future, will continually be exposed to toxic chemicals as well as carcinogens during PE and after-school activities.  Tiny tots are exposed to this in playgrounds from a young age. How do you feel when you read this? Here are some  “Tips for Safer Play on Artificial Turf Surfaces” Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center: “Tips for Safer Play on Artificial Turf Surfaces” o  Avoid use on very hot days o  Avoid use for passive activities (i.e. sitting, lounging, picnicking) o  Monitor young children to prevent accidental ingestion o  Always wear shoes on artificial turf o  Wash hands before eating, drinking, or adjusting mouth guard o  Clean cuts and abrasions immediately o  Brush hair thoroughly after play o  Remove and clean shoes and gear outside before getting in car o  At home, take off shoes and shake out children’s equipment & clothes outside or over the garbage o  Shower immediately after playing on artificial turf o  Vacuum any infill that comes into your home 2. Environmental Impact – Pollution of Water, Land and AirPlant Based Infills (PBIs) are expensive and like rubber crumb infill, migrate significantly, polluting water and the environment. There has been no long-term study on the effects of children inhaling chemical-laced PBIs. In addition, organic infills contain silica sand, identified by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) as a Class I carcinogen. OSHA also classifies silica as a hazardous material. Organic infill marketing is not certified by the USDA and is unregulated. Beware of False Advertising:  Companies that sell and install artificial turf often claim there is no evidence that children are harmed or no evidence that the fields can serve as a potential source for the spread of bacterial pathogens. Neither is true.  • Synthetic Turf: Industry’s Claims versus the Science • Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Alternative Infills for Artificial Turf • Eight Good Reasons Why Artificial Turf is One Bad Idea • Diana M. Zuckerman, Ph.D., President, National Center for Health Research, warns the Mayor and City Council of Washington, DC about the danger of an alternative infill including Envirofill and lack of adequate G-max measurements. October 2017. • Determination of Microbial Populations in a Synthetic Turf System 3. Cost-Myth that Synthetic Fields Cost Less than Natural GrassA properly installed and maintained quality natural grass field remains viable for at least twice as long as artificial turf. There are significant costs to tear up, remove and reinstall new artificial turf every eight to ten years. When equipment and maintenance costs are combined with construction costs, a natural grass field averages out to less per year than an artificial field. “ …  non-partisan studies have shown … natural grass fields are a bargain compared to artificial turf due to the huge costs taxpayers get stuck with to maintain and replace artificial fields after their warrantees [sic] expire.” (Forbes, Sept 28, 2014)   REAL GRASS FOR HEALTHY KIDS and A HEALTHY FUTURE Click here for additional information on the dangers and costs of artificial turf REMEMBER - Artificial Turf is not what we have been lead to believe - it is significantly hotter than other surfaces (this comes from students at schools in South Africa where the turf has been installed) - it is made of plastic and needs to be disposed of to landfill at the end of it's life - over time it sheds small bits of plastic that will enter our waterways and pollute our environment - it acts as a heat bank to increase summer temperatures - reflected heat from it causes stress to surrounding plants and contributes to heating up our suburbs - it doesn't allow much water through and compacts the underlying soil - it is harder then grass and natural surfaces increasing the risk of injury or a trip hazard DO WE REALLY WANT OUR CHILDREN TO LIVE IN A PLASTIC WORLD? Please so some research and educate yourself.    

Wendy June
9 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Procter & Gamble, Lil-Lets , Essity , Kimberly-Clark, Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons , Aldi , Lidl , Superdrug, Boots , The Co-Operative, Waitrose , Walmart, Johnson & Johnson

Make all Menstrual Products Plastic Free

Conventional period products contain up to 90% plastic and are constantly being manufactured, used for between 4-8 hours, disposed of and then take over 500 years to break down, meaning if Jane Austen had used them they would still be decomposing today! [1] They can enter rivers and oceans and end up on beaches. In fact, a report by the European Commission found that period items are the fifth most common waste washed up on beaches! This happens when they are incorrectly flushed down toilets, and shockingly 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million pads and 700K pantyliners are flushed in the UK every single day! This pollutes and negatively impacts the environment and contributes to ocean plastic, which kills around 1 million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish yearly. Overtime their plastic content disintegrates into smaller pieces, known as micro-plastics and fibres, which pose a further threat to marine-life and ecosystems. [1,2] They also contribute to over 200,000 tonnes of landfill waste every year, however, any not sent to landfill may be incinerated with the potential to release toxins due to their high plastic and synthetic content. No matter where they end up, whether at the bottom of the sea, in landfill or on a beach, they will remain there for hundreds of years and pose constant danger to animals and birds. The adverse impact that single-use plastic is having on our health and the environment has been gaining huge media coverage, and because there are already so many companies out there producing eco-friendly versions it is obvious now more than ever that plastic is clearly not needed in period products. Therefore it is crucial that we bring about change so that these essential products are inflicting minimum damage.  This is why myself and over 192K supporters are calling on the companies and supermarkets manufacturing single-use period products to take responsibility for the environmental impacts they are having and to make change happen by going plastic-free! This petition covers menstrual pads/towels and tampons including their applicators, wrappers and packaging. Please sign, share and together let's break the plastic cycle, period!  Thank you for supporting the campaign! Ella #EndPeriodPlastic Campaign Features:  Virgin: Huffpost (Why 2019 Needs to be the Year Plastic-Free Periods Go Mainstream: Solihull Observer (Lil-Lets Demo): Forbes: Glamour (Year of the Plastic-free Period): i-D: Huffpost USA: Huffpost (Sainsbury's): My Green Pod: Vogue: Glamour: Wales Online: Pebble: The Ecologist: TOTM:  WEN:  References:                                                        [1]  [2]

Ella Daish
193,902 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Coca-Cola

Ban single-use plastics

Let's imagine that it is a normal Sunday afternoon, you are just relaxing and not doing much, you stroll over to the fridge and grab a bottle of coke, you drink it and throw it away and do not give it a second thought. Whenever one of the fortunate people goes to reach for a plastic straw or a bottle, we do not think about where the plastic is made, what harmful chemicals are in it, where the plastic will eventually end up or the environmental impacts of the plastic. A huge percentage of the middle and upper class have been indoctrinated into a culture- The culture of single-use plastics In countries such as China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, and many other 'poorer' Asian countries, the landfills are overflowing with the 60 million single-use plastics used every day. Only recently countries like China and Vietnam have started refusing the trash so that the western nations have to deal with the trash themselves. One of the solutions has been to dump the trash into the ocean, however, this violates the international law of the preservation of the ocean.  Mind you, single-use plastics are not the only problem, but they have become so popular in such a short period of time that the situation is growing out of control. In fact, almost half of all of the plastic ever produced, has been made in the 21st century; And and 40% of it is single-use.  The Corporations such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle, and many others have the power to change this as they are some of the largest producers of plastics ever. However, this is where the largest problem lies- single-use plastics are cheap, convenient, and getting rid of them would mean re-building the entire industry. Unfortunately, large companies do not see the benefit of selling re-usable bottles as it would be more expensive and require more logistics to re-fill.  Currently, we are trashing our planet at a rate never seen before and we are spiraling out of control. However, the saddest part is that the wrong people are feeling the effects of plastic usage. The rich can afford to cushion themselves with money and have the trash sent away, whereas the poor just have the trash poured into their homes and they have no choice but to live with it. I implore each and everyone of you to stop using single-use plastics, not just for the planet, but for fellow humans as well. 

Sufan Wasu
22 supporters