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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.

Aarav Juneja
16 supporters
Update posted 3 years ago

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.

Green Seva
22,713 supporters