Petition to Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations Environment Program, Supreme Court of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maneka Gandhi
Retail companies should stop using plastic and use eco-friendly packaging
Plastic ban by various states in India has been a welcome change. But it won't work if only plastic carry bags are banned. There is tonnes and tonnes of garbage being produced by companies in the name of fancy packaging. You can find plastic packaging material lying on the ground, polluting land and water, clogging drains and choking up the environment. Most natural disasters, these days, are man-made. About time we stop suffocating earth. Companies must be directed by law to make eco-friendly packaging material. Please sign this petition to bring about an essential change that would help the environment and earth's future.
Petition to Pollution Control Board (SPCB), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Complete ban on the usage of Plastic containers for the sale of various products .
Plastics and their byproducts are littering our cities, oceans, and water-bodies, and started contributing to the health problems in humans and animals. Recycling of plastic is not a solution anymore as tons of plastic waste is already floating in our water bodies and also, accumulated at dump-yards . It also started entering in our food chain. We need too first clear the massive plastic garbage which is already there on this planet and immediately stop the further production of plastic. Today everything is been sold in plastic containers - i.e Food products, medicines and cosmetic products. Govt needs to impose a strict policy and urge all product manufactures to sale their products in Eco-Friendly packaging only such as Metal or Tin containers, recycled paper bags, Glass, cloths bags etc. All of us also need to take the responsibility of buying products locally- i.e.- loose grains & fruits/veggies from local shops and commodities which sold in Eco-friendly packages, so that we minimise the use of overall plastic.
Petition to Government of Pakistan
Limit the use of Plastic shopping bags
One of the major problems of Pakistan is pollution and shopping bags are one of the key contributors to it. The new government has made it clear that they will work for a better and a cleaner Pakistan. We urge the new government to limit the use of plastic shopping bags by imposing a fee on their usage and introducing paper bags as alternatives.
Petition to Mr. Waseem Akhter, Citizens of Karachi, Karachi Metropolitan Corportation, Mr. Nasirul Mulk, Mr. Rizwan Memon, Mohammad Zubair
Karachi's Citizens revive the Arabian Sea #BeatPlasticPollution #StepUpClimateAction
The fisheries sector of Pakistan has been facing serious challenges in terms of decreased catch and increased bycatch since last 2 decades due to increased number of vessels being operated in open waters. Along with the commercial challenges, marine habitats are also suffering from pollution. From discarded ghost nets to untreated sewage water, beaches and oceanic habitats of Pakistani Coastlines are facing serious pollution crisis. One of the main contributors to marine pollution globally is Plastic and the case is not different for Pakistan either. According to studies conducted by WWF-Pakistan, it is estimated that 65% of garbage that litters the beaches of Pakistan consists of plastics generated through anthropogenic activities as it includes mineral water bottles, caps, polyethylene bags, balloons, wrappers, shoes, broken utensils, Styrofoam and discarded fishing nets. To overcome this problem, Pakistan needs to adapt and implement such steps that are being suggested by various nations globally to combat plastic pollution of marine ecosystems. These small steps may seem to be small but have a huge impact in a long run. Promote the use of biodegradable bags as well as cloth bags instead of using polyethylene bags. A Pakistani supermarket – Habib Metro and Hyperstar Pakistan etc – are doing a great job by introducing such shopping bags that are biodegradable by bacteria even if dumped in sea Promote the use of steel and washable straws in local cafes instead of using plastic . These are locally available in Metro supermarket easily. Ban the use of Styrofoam plates in canteens of institutes all across Pakistan. Support organizations and projects such as the ’Olive Ridley Project’ that are working in Pakistan to eliminate ghost nets from the marine environments Promote the management of household waste so that recycling of products such as wrappers, cans, paper, glass and wet waste which includes vegetable and fruit skins along with tea may also be sent to fertilizer industry instead of being dumped in landfills and burnt. Bangladesh has been using such technique in its refugee shelters and has sorted trash into 13 different categories. Establish such factories that produce biodegradable napkins, tissue papers, diapers and sanitary napkins and diapers because in their present condition, a single item aforementioned may take roughly between 2 to 3 centuries to decompose. The Government of Pakistan has always contributed to cleaner environments. In this year’s budget the Government has allotted Rs. 802 million to combat climate change. Along with this the success story of declaring Astola Island and Indus River Canyon as first two marine protected areas of Pakistan says a lot of what our Government is doing and what it is capable of. It is therefore suggested that if the Government passes a law to ban the use of plastic and offer alternate solutions as suggested above. These small steps will,not only benefit fisheries to flourish and will eventually generate revenue but will also provide livelihood to people who are working in plastic industries, Let's join hands to address this problem! We should, as responsible citizens try to minimize our use of plastic by using alternatives. By doing this we hope that landfills are not some heaps of non degradable discarded items but instead; environment friendly material which does not harm us in the long run. Remember, Oceans generate the Oxygen we breath! Regulates Climate Change and Cleans the Water we drink! #StepUpClimateAction #BeatPlasticPollution #WorldEnvironmentDay #IYOR2018 #WorldOceansDay Petitioners: @GShapersKarachi @thinktank1987 @FBTariq @SumairHafeez @smalimustafa @SajjadHashmi @NawabSaahab @rabbanitr @SidraMJ @heerasaeed @NimraPsy @UroojZia @ayeshamysore @kinzaabdi @jahanzeb497 @IamAsadIqbal @Kali_Ghata @SaadiaBakhtawar @tahirabachal @MrSohaibb @moansari87 @amnariazj @zarnigar89 @arsalanahmed020 @nofalkhan @qanoonsaz @deehaw90 @motaber_ali @aishamansoor123 @aunizay_says @pakistanilatina Regards Curatorship and the Shapers Karachi Hub Global Shapers Community References: http://www.wwfpak.org/newsroom/141017_marinelife.phphttps://tribune.com.pk/story/1444147/plastic-products-polluting-pakistans-coast-say-experts/https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02255189.2011.576140https://profit.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/04/27/budget-2018-19-govt-allocates-rs-802-million-for-climate-change-division/https://www.dawn.com/news/1399496http://www.hyperstarpakistan.com/go-green/https://www.dawn.com/news/1339850https://www.dawn.com/news/1381448https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/05/asia/india-world-environment-day-modi-intl/index.html
Petition to United Nations
Plastic Drastic or Fantastic, abstain single-use plastic
Problem: Single-use plastic products (SUPPs) may be convenient, but the environmental and human health harm they inflict via manufacture, distribution, and litter makes them a considerable issue. SUPPs should be phased out for a variety of reasons, including the open burning of plastic trash, the eating of plastic-contaminated seafood, and the production of dangerous microplastics. Plastic pollution reduction is essential to the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration. According to the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) recent study From Pollution to Solution, there is presently between 75-199 million tonnes of plastic garbage in the ocean, with 9-14 tonnes of debris entering the aquatic ecosystem every 2016. This is expected to almost quadruple to 23-37 million tonnes per year by 2040. Plastics are the most abundant, damaging, and persistent marine litter, accounting for at least 85% of all marine debris.Solution: Prioritizing reusable items is not only important for environmental health, but it may also save money. Businesses that enable customers to bring their bags, cups, or containers save money on SUPP-related supply and storage costs, while customers avoid paying extra for shopping bags or containers. Cotton and non-woven polypropylene shopping bags, as well as reusable and portable plastic and stainless steel bottles, cups, and tableware, are becoming more popular. Personal hygiene goods, such as silicone menstruation cups and cloth nappies, are also becoming more reusable. The more a product is reused, the less of an influence it has on the environment. When customers are unable to avoid using SUPPs, they should reduce their environmental effects by reusing them wherever feasible rather than throwing them away. Durable single-use plastic bags, bottles, cups, dinnerware, and take-away food packaging, for example, may be reused or recycled. Single-use alternatives made of other materials are not fundamentally superior, which means they should also be reused wherever possible. For example, a paper shopping bag may need to be used four to eight times before it has the same environmental impact as a single-use plastic bag. Consumers should not bear the whole burden of mitigating the effects of SUPP. Products should be developed to be both lightweight and robust to optimize reusability, guided by policymaker and retailer action. Production should be environmentally friendly, for example, by using renewable energy and recyclable materials. Another strategy to lessen the environmental effect of items across their life cycle is to source locally and avoid air-freight shipped goods. Finally, end-of-life implications must be considered so that goods that can no longer be utilized can be recycled or disposed of in an ecologically sustainable manner. As more localities seek restrictions on SUPPs, officials must consider regional and socioeconomic conditions when determining suitable alternatives. Production needs, projected usage, reusability, littering propensity, local waste management infrastructure, and education can all influence how ecologically beneficial the proposed alternatives are. Priority must be given to shifting to reusable solutions and strengthening recycling and waste management systems. In the meantime, localities with littering issues should avoid utilizing lighter items because they are more likely to be littered while being less resource-intensive to create. Finally, removing SUPPs is simply one method of reducing environmental impact. Conclusion: Countries are expected to support measures that contribute to the highest value of resources in the economy, such as consuming less and replacing single-use items with fit-for-purpose reusable alternatives for a healthy world.
Is Plastic Drastic or Fantastic ?
Your regular plastic bags from shops are probably not bio-degradable or eco-friendly by any definition. But if you use them once to bring your grocery home, then again to line your cupboards, then again to pack things for a trip, and then again as a garbage bag…. It’s still not bio-degradable, but it’s certainly not single-use anymore. And that means you’re trying to make the use of that plastic sustainable. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start! This is why the main case for good plastics is that they’re not single-use. They can be used over and over again, and you won’t have to discard them after one single use. This is a point we’re going to come back to again and again – your main goal with making a change in your plastic consumption involves acquiring less of it, and more importantly, using and reusing them so as to make them practically sustainable.
Live In Peace, Not Plastic
Did you know that every day, India generates nearly 26,000 tonnes of plastic waste? As the worlds population grows, the use of plastic rapidly increases. Because plastic contains major toxic pollutants, it has the potential to cause significant environmental harm in the form of air, water, and land pollution. Not only does it endangers animal life but also humans; studies show that humans consume microplastic the size of a credit card each week. The ban on single-use plastic is already in effect in India, demonstrating the gravity of the situation. This reflects on our ability to contribute and make a difference before it is too late. Sign this petition as a pledge to use eco-friendly products to live a life in peace instead of plastic. resources: https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/world-environment-day-2021-plastic-pollution-plastic-waste-segregation-bottles-for-change-initiative-bisleri/2265215/ https://abcnews.go.com/US/humans-consume-equivalent-credit-card-worth-plastic-week/story?id=63687144 https://www.plasticsoupfoundation.org/en/2018/06/india-will-abolish-single-use-plastics/
Petition to Baba Ramdev, Aacharya Bala Krishna
Stop usage of environment harming carry bags (NWPP) in your stores
Many of us are regular consumers of Patanjali products , because we like them. But I have noticed that Patanjali products are handed out to customers in NWPP (Non Woven Poly Propylene) bags . These bags look like cotton bags, but they are not. Did you know that they are even more dangerous than the regular plastic bags, which are handed out by most small vendors. These NWPP bags are bleached polymers or chlorinated polymers, which produce cancerous gases like Dioxin and Furans on burning. These Dioxins are highly potent gases and can breach any vital organ of all living bodies resulting in fatal diseases. Essentially burning of these NWPP bags creates even more dangerous pollutants than the normal plastic. And whatever we may say or instruct , we all know that burning of these is quite rampant. You can well imagine the impact it has, on the air that we breathe. Let’s talk about the numbers involved. Number of Exclusive Patanjali Mega Stores = 258 Number of Patanjali Chikisalaya = 1420 Number of Patanjali Aarogya Kendras = 3363 TOTAL = 5041 Some of the stores I visited, mentioned usage of about 250 NWPP bags per day. Assuming a lower usage in some stores and higher in some others, taking 200 as the average number of bags being used by each store, the total number of NWPP bags being handed out to customers on a regular basis would be as follows. Daily Weekly Monthly 1,008,200 7,057,400 30,246,000 This is a huge number by any standard. We are not even talking of the bags being handed over in other stores, that stock Patanjali products and use the same Patanjali bags. Patanjali has a huge portfolio of products and going by the popularity of the brand, it is only going to keep increasing, resulting in more and more of these bags being handed out. And the horrible impact on our health. I am starting this petition to request Patanjali Founders Baba Ramdev ji and Aacharya Bala Krishna ji to take the necessary steps to stop the usage of these harmful bags in their stores . Here is what am I asking for: 1. Stop handing out NWPP bags in all your stores 2. Encourage buyers to bring their own Jute/Cotton bags AND Make low cost cotton carry bags available for a price, to those who do not bring their own bags. Patanjali became a leader in Indian fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector with nature-based products in various categories in just 3-4 years. These nature based products should also be handed out in environment friendly carry bags. Citizens of India are looking up to Patanjali to become a leading example for other FMCG companies in this area too. If you care for the environment, for the air that you breathe, and want to do something about it, please sign this petition and share with others. Together, we can all make a difference . Thank you for your support.