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Plastic pollution

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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!

Erin Lally
13,451 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

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_)        

Celeste Guinness
20 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

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)            

G.0 (@generationzero.uk)
79 supporters