Petition to Ms Lim Peck Hoon
Help make Changi Airport straw-free!
Let’s ban plastic straws in Changi Airport, and replace them with reusable/ paper straws that can be provided upon request. With enough signatories, we may be able to convince Changi! --- Think about the last time you used a plastic straw. How long did you use it for before tossing it? Regardless of what your answer is, it will pale in comparison to the lifetime of plastic straws: FOREVER. This is because plastic does not biodegrade—It breaks down into smaller pieces called ‘micro-plastics’. Made from fossil fuels, plastic straws are almost never recycled because they're too small and could be made from several different types of plastic. They simply contribute to the massive problem of plastic pollution; eight million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year Our excessive use of plastic straws is doing enormous damage to the environment, and specifically our oceans. Water is being polluted and aquatic life is being injured and killed off on a large scale due to the volume of plastic in the ocean. According to StrawlessOcean.org around 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs and if plastic is ingested, marine life has just a 50% chance of survival. Every year about 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans and in 2025, the annual input is estimated to be about twice that. At this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. ----- How does Changi Airport come into play? In 2017, a record-breaking 62.2 million passengers were handled by Changi Airport. That amounts to a humongous amount of footfall in the 140 F&B outlets within the 4 terminals. Imagine—even if only 10% of passengers used a plastic straw, that is still 6.22 million people using these useless one-use items. The absentminded usage of plastic straws is an unnecessary habit that can be kicked. Most of us don’t actually need straws—we’re just accustomed to their ubiquitous presence in our lives. We can drink hot coffee in a mug so why can’t we go straw-free with iced? If enough of us decide to make this tiny, effortless change in our lives, the benefit to our oceans will be mammoth. Changi Airport is the world’s best. But we can make it better. Let’s ban plastic straws in Changi Airport, and replace them with reusable/ paper straws that can be provided upon request. We’ll show the world that Changi Airport takes ownership in caring for our only planet.
Petition to Carl's Jr Singapore, Burger King, Mos Burger, Subway, Long John Silver's, Texas Chicken, Jollibee, Pizza Hut, Four Fingers, Breadtalk , Din Tai Fung, wingstop, Ya Kun Kaya Toast, Fat Boys, Chili's, Toast Box, Food Republic
Say NO to plastic straws at restaurants in Singapore
Every single day, half a million straws are being used. Each year, one million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic. It takes 200 years for a single plastic straw to decompose. Do your part and say NO to plastic drinking straws NOW.
Petition to Dr Amy Khor
Anti-Plastic Petition, Singapore
Dear Dr Amy Khor Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, We issue this petition on World Environment Day with grave concern as to your recent comments regarding plastic bag usage, as reported in several news outlets including the Straits Times. We refer in particular to the absence of plans for a levy on plastic bags, or any meaningful legislation to curb the prodigious usage of them in our country. Singapore now stands with the ever-diminishing list of countries that avoid the critical issue of excessive plastic consumption. In this regard, we are sorry to say that Singapore stands on the wrong side of history. But this is something that you, in your role as Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, can address - not just for the good of your contemporaries, but also for all future generations. We face the prospect of a world weighed down by plastic - where the discovery of dead animals’ stomachs full of discarded plastic waste is the norm, not the exception. This is a world we cannot accept, and therefore which it is our responsibility to prevent. A plastic bag levy is a practical solution which will both draw attention to the often unthinking usage of multiple bags when fewer or none will do, whilst simultaneously generating revenue which can be used to develop alternative materials, recycling options, or even to promote other elements of the government’s environmental agenda. It makes little sense to avoid implementing a levy until an alternative material can be developed - this condemns our country and the surrounding region to potentially years more pollution on a vast scale, and is representative of nothing more than a policy void paired with permanent and harmful implications for the world. We must only look around us - to the many other countries in the world that have led from the front, for inspiring stories of how small changes can have powerful effects. In the UK, a 5 pence plastic bag levy led to an 83% drop in usage within one year. In Taiwan, an NT$1 charge for every plastic bag led to an 80% drop usage within a year. Australia achieved a 45% drop, Denmark a 60% drop - the list goes on, and on - and each example demonstrates that change is possible. Plastic bag usage is an addiction, and one that can be broken: For the good of all of us and all of the world around us. Dr Khor, you occupy a position of wisdom and responsibility within our government so we ask that you consider this when considering our petition. We ask that you look at not the short-term issues, but those of the long-term. In fifty years a generation will look back and wonder how people could so recklessly and persistently damage the world around them. And so we ask you to help us stand on the right side of history. This petition requests that you implement a levy on plastic bag usage, with a view to reducing overall usage of plastic bags in Singapore. We do not ask that you find an alternative, and thus we do not accept that a delay is necessary until an alternative can be found. Meaningful action can be taken now, and we ask that you take it. For those signing this petition, thank you for your action. Please leave your comments and stories below for Dr Amy Khor to read as well. Our voices must be heard. For more information on plastics, visit wwf.sg/uselessplastic Photo credit: National Geographic
Petition to Wellcome , CitySuper , ParknShop
Wellcome: Stop Wrapping Our Produce In Plastic!
100,000 Signatures Needed! (+Cantonese)
The plastic pollution problem in Hong Kong and worldwide has reached horrendous levels, with our landfills coming close to capacity, our beaches being overrun with rubbish and our wildlife dying because of mistaking all of this waste for food. And this is just what we can see on the surface. Based on the research, it's pretty evident that our health is also being affected by the toxic nature of these plastics as it finds it's way into our soil and food chain. One of the biggest culprits to this epidemic is the unnecessary and harmful act of wrapping every single piece of produce in our Hong Kong grocery stores in some form of plastic. So many of us walk into these stores every single day and feel helpless because we DO NOT want to participate in the creation of more plastic waste, yet our resources for plastic-free produce, especially organic, are very limited. We are calling on the owner's of every single large grocery store chain in Hong Kong to stop the excessive and unnecessary use of plastic wrap and plastic containers for their produce. I know petitions like this have happened in the past, but we need to keep making our voices heard until change comes! Let's ROAR really loud with 100,000 signatures! I believe in you Hong Kong. We can make this happen together! 香港的塑料污染已達到一個非常嚴重的地步。 香港的堆填區快已填滿， 大部分的海灘被垃圾覆蓋和不同的野生動物都受到我們人類造成的影 響。但是，這只是在表面上來看。實際上，透過不同的研究， 我們發現原來塑料含有毒性的物質。 這樣會好大機會進入土壤和食物鏈，影響我們的大自然。 在香港裏，大部分的產品包裝都是利用不同形式的塑料， 這樣是導致塑料污染的最大元素。 好多人都是因為購物的時候會不知不覺的利用膠袋和看見塑料類的產 品。 但是我們是想採取不同的方法來減少塑料的用量和推薦用有機產品的 包裝。 我們希望香港大型雜貨連鎖店停止不必要和過度塑料的用量。 我們只需要十萬人的簽名， 希望可以透過這個機會來減輕現在污染問題。 我相信你們一斑有善和關心現在香港社會的市民。 我們一起來改變香港吧！
Petition to Sadiq Khan, Diane Abbott, Meg Hillier, Jeanette Arnold, Phillip Glanville, Michael Gove
UK Ban - All Disposable / Single use plastic
No time to WASTE the FUTURE needs us! Lets get London & the UK to the forefront of making a change for the PLANET. We must be an example to other places in the world, as California, France & India have, to name a few! And now the EU! Ban All Disposable / Single use Plastic! There are so many alternatives, from reusable to biodegradable. Let's encourage consumers and companies to think about waste impact! Of the 1.5m tonnes of recyclable plastic waste used by consumers, only 500,000 tonnes is recycled! Plastics industry has just lobbied to lower recycling targets! Shocking news! Allowing producers of disposable plastic to do as they please. REFUSE - REDUCE - REUSE - RECYCLE - REPURPOSE San Francisco enforced ban of plastic bags in 2007, which lead on to the rest of California following. Irish plastic bag levy 2002 - all money from the plastic bag tax goes directly to the environment ministry for use in enforcement and clean-up projects. Dehli, India, ban of all disposable plastic items as of 2017! France enforced law banning plastic bags in 2016 and by 2020 all cutlery, cups and plates. UK introduce levy on plastic bags 2015 A simple introduction of 5p charge. UK usage of bags drop 85% New Zealand and the EU have also voted for a ban! BAN ALL PLASTIC BAGS & DISPOSABLE single use items. The number of plastic bags handed out by supermarkets in England in 2014 rose to 7.64 billion - 200 million more than in 2013. National plastic bag usage is on the DECLINE! This is positive! Imagine the IMPACT of the ban - if we start NOW! It takes 100 years for plastic to breakdown Plastic is petroleum fossil fuel based Plastic is harmful to wildlife & it often ends up in the ocean Watch 'A Plastic Tide' if you have not already - plastic is strangling our oceans and entering the food chain. You can also join the Greenpeace Plastic Pledge Please SIGN and SHARE the petition. Thank you!
Petition to Michael Gove MP
Bring In A Tax On Plastic Packaging, Incentivising The Use Of Biodegradable Alternatives
Our planet is drowning in plastic pollution and we need to make a drastic change. In October, The Environment Agency in Austria found microplastics - nine separate types - in human excrement for the first time. Not only that, they estimate, using their data, that more than 50% of the world's population has currently has microplastics in their exrement. This means that more than 50% of people worldwide are consuming food or water contaminated by microplastics, which are so small they can enter the bloodstream and embed themselves in human bodies forever on a cellular level. The potential health implications of this on a global scale are terrifying, and we need to do everything in our power to halt plastic use, pollution and production where possible. If the UK Govt brings in a plastic packaging tax, applying a levy to products that are packaged in plastic intended just for one use, companies will have a financial incentive to seek out other, more environmentally friendly ways to package their products, reducing the amount of plastic waste that's finding its way into our food chain and water supplies, and that's also wreaking havoc on other species and ecosystems. Biologists have dubbed this present time on Earth the period of 'The Sixth Extinction', due to the amount of species that are vanishing, largely due to plastic pollution. More info here: 'Fighting Mass Extinction Together', 'Ocean Plastic Pollution’s Shocking Death Toll on Endangered Animals' and 'These 700 Marine Species Might Go Extinct Because of Plastic Pollution'. The links above show how plastics are devastating other species, who often can't tell the difference between a piece of plastic and a piece of food, but how do microplastics find their way into the human food chain? Water: Microplastics are so omnipresent they've even been found in Swiss mountain water, which would commonly be thought to be amongst the purest of water supplies. The World Health Organisation has also reported that they believe 90% of bottled water contains microplastics. Table Salt: Salt-makers make sea salt by evaporating sea water, collecting particles of salt left behind and selling to be used as seasoning. However, now that our oceans are full of tiny particles of plastic, when salt-makers have evaporated sea water and are collecting the particles of salt left behind, they are now often collecting millions of particles of microplastics as well, which get sold with the salt. There is no way of separating what is a particle of salt vs what is a microscopic piece of plastic without going over every piece of salt, grain by grain, which would be impossible when people are creating tonnes of salt every day. Even if you don't use salt when cooking, which you probably do, think about all the food that you consume which contains salt: all of this could contain microplastics. Food chain: Just one example of how microplastics can end up in a human body is this: Plankton eats microplastics, Prawn eats plankton, Human eats prawns. However, this is definitely not limited to just humans eating seafood: any animal which has consumed food or water that contains microplastics will also be contaminated, and any loaf of bread (or any item of food full stop) that has been made with water contaminated with microplastics will also be contaminated. Studies have found that female dolphins in polluted oceans accumulate so many toxins in their lives by eating contamined marine life that their milk is toxic enough to kill more than 50% of their first-born calves, who die of poisoning. Their second calf has a higher chance of survival because the milk (which has spent years accumulating toxins) has been offloaded onto their first-born. This phenomenon is heartbreaking. Humans and dolphins are both mammals; will this soon be a phenomenon we both share, as we are increasingly exposed to microplastics? Biodegradable alternatives to plastic do exist, but aren't widely adopted because they cost slightly more than plastic. However, more demand for biodegradable packaging materials would bring the price down, and having a tax on plastic would create more demand for environmentally friendly alternatives, so would help make alternatives more financially accessible. In the UK, plastic recycling systems are in place, but this is not enough; read this article for more info on this: 'Our plastic pollution crisis is too big for recycling to fix'. By signing this petition, you are sending a message to the Government that lets them know we are ready for the drastic change needed, at a Government-level, to effectively disrupt the current, destructive model of plastic use we currently have. I propose we introduce this new plastic tax in 2021,which would give companies who sell items packaged in plastic time to let their suppliers know that they need to switch their packaging to biodegradable materials before the 2021 deadline, meaning that, though this would be a UK initiative, it would have a wider-reaching impact, since suppliers outside the UK would also be incentivised to switch to biodegradable packaging. If you're reading this in a country that isn't the UK, feel free to copy this petition (even word-for-word), to create your own one one, petitioning your Minister for the Environment to introduce plastic packaging taxes in your own country. By working together on this, we are stronger. Please share this if you agree. Many thanks, Celeste Guinness | female trouble London, UK Further Reading: What else can you do to to minimise plastic waste? From boycotting cosmetic products that contain microbeads to choosing biodegradable glitter over its plastic alternative, there are many consumer choices you can make that will help; this article has five very useful tips. Header Image by Daisy-May Nicholson (@daizy_greenekelly_)
Petition to The Government Of United Kingdom, UK Parliament, All CEOs of the UK Supermarkets
Ban Non-Recyclable Packaging in UK
Almost a quarter of consumers surveyed earlier last year said they were extremely concerned about plastic packaging. More then half said that they were doing what they could to reduce their use of plastic. And reasonably so - plastic is partly made from a non-renewable resource that is quickly dwindling away - oil, and is one of the biggest polluters on our planet. Plastics leach toxic chemicals in our waterways, rivers, lakes and oceans, as well as forests, and they are consumed by animals on land, marine life and us. At this stage we know we have a huge plastic problem, but did you know that almost every piece of plastic ever made still exists today? A large number of these plastics are now part of our natural scenery and photodegraded into tiny pieces that fill our oceans. They are killing wildlife and pose many health issues to us humans. So the question is what can we do to tackle the plastic problem? This petition has been created to raise awareness about the need to shift our consumption behaviours and petition for a realistically achievable step, which is to ban the most unnecessary and problematic type of plastic packaging, the 'non-recyclable' plastic. There is no doubt by now that we should not have non-recyclable packaging used in any shops, let alone the questionable use of many other plastics, which could be switched to more sustainable alternatives. Not everyone has access to wholesale or bulk foods. However, many us do enjoy leafy greens as well as other products present in big supermarkets that are packaged in non-recyclable packaging. We would like to ask the UK Government to ban the manufacture and sale of non-recyclable packaging! Please sign if you agree! Thank you Kind Regards, Dominyka Sausdrave G.0 (Generation zero.uk)
Petition to Michael Gove
Stop using excessive plastic packaging
It has recently been announced that by 2020, consumers will now be paying 10p per plastic bag across all retailers. Whilst I object to plastic bags and are fully aware of the consequence they are having on the environment, I believe that the retailers should be doing more and should have stricter rules and regulations on the excessive plastic packaging they use. How many times have you bought a product which is individually wrapped in plastic, with more plastic packaged over this? Or received a package purchased online which is wrapped in plastic and packaged with protective plastic packaging? It is not just down to the consumer to be paying the price of the implications of plastic on the environment, the big multi billion pound retailers should be clamped down upon. Please sign this petition to make this happen!