Topic

Plastic pollution

70 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan, Diane Abbott, Meg Hillier, Jeanette Arnold, Phillip Glanville

London Ban - All Disposable / Single use plastic

No time to WASTE the FUTURE needs us!  Lets get London 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!    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%             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!

Erin Lally
12,887 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, George Eustice MP

Plastic Alternative - Lift Restrictions on Industrial Hemp Farming

Industrial Hemp is a wonder product. It is infinitely recyclable when used for packaging and a great plastic substitute. It is also carbon negative when used as a building material for houses,  fabrics and paper, an amazing nutritional source of food for humans and animals, and an alternative source of oil. It has a growth cycle of four months, can be grown on a variety of terrains, and returns 60% of nutrients to the soil it is grown on. At the moment, to be able to farm hemp in the U.K, farmers must fulfil several conditions. To procure a growing license (which costs in the region of £500), the farmer must register an application on the Home Office drugs licensing website, which includes detailed information on land location, and crop type. A DBS check has to be undertaken and sometimes a compliance visit must be carried out. There are conditions which include not growing your crop in a sensitive area -close to a school or public place - and the police have to be informed of crop location. Any farming changes require constant updating to the Home Office. All these restrictions serve to discourage farmers from planting this wonder crop which could serve as an alternative for plastic, lower carbon emissions (5% of global man made CO2 emissions are from concrete production), replenish water sources (the Aral Sea has been emptied by cotton production) and boost the economy (hemp is grown as a lucrative crop in China).  We, the undersigned, call upon the UK Government, specifically the Department for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to lift the restrictions on Industrial Hemp Farming, to encourage the production of this crop.

Dinah Morgan
87 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, United Nations, European Commission, Donald Trump, Theresa May MP

We want all disposable bottles to be completely biodegradable and compostable!

More than a million per minute, 20,000 per second: these are the numbers of the plastic bottles purchased around the world. A lot of of these bottles end up in our oceans because of overpopulation,  producers' and consumers' carelessness or because of the inadequacy of the structures designed for garbage disposal. The release of this huge amount of plastic into the sea (even the Mediterranean) and its consequent fragmentation into micro-plastic fibers, provokes enormous environmental damage which might affect citizens' health, since these fragments are ingested by all sorts of fish, ending up in their tissues and, often, also in the plates of consumers. We are all involved, since we all share this one planet and, although everyone's small choices surely make a difference, in certain cases 'greater' decisions coming from above are required. As well as what happened with plastic shopping bags in the past, it is now necessary to produce bottles for water and other drinks using only biodegradable materials, because they now exist (polylactic acid or PLA, for instance) and there are no more excuses, but those provided by some corporations which still find plastic a lucrative business. Whether you have children or not, please sign this petition. If you want to find out more about this topic: watch 'A Plastic Ocean', produced by Leonardo Di Caprio and read about the Pacific Trash Vortex https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_garbage_patch *On September 6th 2018 we started a collaboration with WWF Italy to reach our common goal together. Should you be interested in learning more, you could read the content of their petition here: https://www.change.org/p/giuseppeconteit-e-sergiocosta-min-rendiamo-plasticfree-i-mari-d-italia  * This petition is part of a bigger campaign against disposable plastic production and misuse. Ph: Debora Fabietti, 28/01/2018

Debora Fabietti
527,053 supporters