plastic pollution

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Petition to Brian Cornell, Jennifer Silberman, Brian Lannan, Doug Baker, George Barrett, Ken Salazar, Melissa McLean, Monica Lozano, Henrique De Castro, Dmitri Stockton, Melanie Healey, Lisa Boyd

Target, Stop Filling the World with Plastic Bags!

We, Target customers, ask Target to eliminate plastic bags. We understand this won’t be convenient to us, but it is time to act. For those of us who also shop at Costco or IKEA, we know we can survive without plastic bags.  2 million single-use plastic bags are consumed every minute. These bags often wind up in waterways and our landscape, degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny toxic bits. These bags have a massive carbon footprint.  Switching to paper is not the answer. The carbon footprint of paper bags is even bigger. Paper production uses trees that could instead be absorbing carbon dioxide, releases more greenhouse gases, takes 3 times the amount of water, and results in 50 times more water pollutants. We can bring our own bags. If Target provides bags for purchase, we ask it to charge a meaningful amount because this approach works. Plastic bag use fell by 90% in Ireland following a plastic bag tax of 37 cents. In Australia, 2 major retailers led by eliminating plastic bags in their stores and the country reduced plastic bag use by 80% in 3 months. In Los Angeles county, a plastic bag ban with a charge on paper bags reduced single bag use by 95%. Target’s current 5 cent discount for those bringing bags does not meaningfully curb Target’s plastic bag consumption.  We want Target to act swiftly. Target’s plastic bags are choking the earth. 

Customers Who Care
405,182 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Walmart, Target, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Environmental Protection Agency, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

End the Use of Six-Pack Rings and Demand Corporations Buy Into E6PR's Biodegradable Model

Nearly half the plastic waste generated worldwide comes from plastic packaging, which instead of being biodegradable can photodegrade (breakdown by being in direct sunlight). But even this process, which takes a whopping 450-plus-years to occur, leaves microplastic accumulation in the streams, rivers, and oceans. Plastic waste in our oceans is now more than eight million tons per year. The United Nations has estimated that by 2050, 99% of seabirds will have ingested plastic. We already know plastics can be found in a majority of fish. The UN research states that, because microplastics are now found nearly everywhere and have been found in everything, from table salt to tap water, humans are already consuming troubling amounts of microplastics. Plastic 6-pack beverage rings, as most of us have witnessed in photographs, entangle the wings of sea birds or are ingested by them, choke seals, and trap growing sea turtles—which warps the turtle shells permanently as they grow larger and larger inside the tiny plastic rings. One solution has been created by a Florida brewery in a start-up company called E6PR (Eco-Friendly 6-Pack Rings), which uses their model right now. The 6-pack beverage rings are mainly made of wheat and barley, which either fully biodegrades or can be a snack for wildlife! The process to develop these eco-friendly 6-pack rings was costly and they are asking other breweries and distributors of canned beverages who use plastic rings to buy into the company and make the sound and ethical choice for the planet. The E6PR product has been used by craft breweries from the United States, South Africa, Australia, Poland, Scotland, and the Solomon Islands. Corona by Coors Beer is now doing a trial run of the product in Mexico. There is no excuse for larger corporations to not also do their part to take technology on hand now to end more pollution and animal suffering later. With Coca-Cola making a 32 billion profit in 2018, Pepsico making double that with 64 billion in the same year, and even Anheuser-Busch making over 54 billion in 2018, it's time to step up and make the switch. We, as consumers, demand the end of plastic six-pack rings production and use. Where we can stop using plastics, when we have a safe and better alternative, we should have no other choice but to do the right thing for the health of our water systems, our wildlife, our health, and the planet which sustains us all.

Beth Finn
132 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Panda Express, James Thomas, Peggy Cherng, andrew cherng

Dear Panda Express: Stop Giving Out Single Use Plastic

Having lived in the Puget Sound region for my sixteen years of life, I love my local landscape. Our community is lucky to be surrounded by lush mountains and endless water. We take pride in implementing green policies and on keeping the region pristine. At least, that's the illusion.  During my freshman year of high school, I became a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium. I educated visitors about marine science and conservation. I also learned the shocking realities of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Washington’s severely polluted orca population, and microplastics in our drinking water. This led me to take a closer look at what plastic waste is doing to our home. Every year, Washington generates tens of millions of pounds of plastic waste, and the majority ISN'T recycled. Instead, much of this plastic goes into the ocean, where it breaks down into its smaller, toxic components that accumulate in the tissues of wildlife and people.   This is killing the Puget Sound. It threatens our CRITICALLY endangered Southern Resident killer whales, and it threatens me and other youth who will inherit this region. If we care about the well-being of our children, we need to hold companies that distribute plastic accountable. One of those companies is Panda Express.  While I love the food, I no longer go to Panda Express because of the single use plastic that is generated there--and I know other customers are turned off, too. If you have ever eaten at Panda Express, you know how much waste they create--a plastic container, plastic utensils, maybe a plastic bag. And that's just for one person. Panda Express has over 2,000 locations, each processing hundreds of orders a day. Think about how much plastic could be saved if Panda Express switched to biodegradable or reusable products. Subway, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and other major chains have pledged to cut down on their plastic distribution. Panda Express should do the same. Panda Express has already had to respond to some local and state regulations that have forced the company to introduce sustainable packaging in some locations. If Panda Express can do this for some locations, why can't they do this nationwide and became a true leader in sustainable packaging in the fast-food industry? For the health of my community and others around the world, I urge Panda Express to stop its use of disposable plastic containers and utensils and substitute them for something biodegradable or reusable. The people and wildlife of Puget Sound deserve better. 

Isha S
14,902 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to - New name to be announced -

Ban single-use plastic bags and end the garbage crisis in Montenegro – it´s time!

(English version further below)Zabranimo jednokratne plastične kese i okončajmo krizno stanje sa odlaganjem smeća u Crnoj Gori – vrijeme je! Plastične kese za jednokratnu upotrebu koriste se samo nekoliko minuta, a zatim se bacaju. Svaki građanin Crne Gore koristi otprilike 730 plastičnih kesa za jednokratnu upotrebu godišnje (napravimo poređenje sa Austrijom, čiji stanovnici potroše po 48), a iste se ne recikliraju. Ono što još pogoršava situaciju je to što se većina njih ne može reciklirati! Dakle, u «najboljem slučaju», ako ne završe u prirodi, nagomilavaju se na deponijama, koja mahom ne ispunjavaju propise. Isto se događa sa plastičnim bocama za jednokratnu upotrebu, koje čine 40-60% zagađenja. Pejzažna slika šalje jasnu poruku: plastika je svuda - kese vise na drveću, prazne plastične boce se nalaze po stazama, putevima i u vodama. Zero Waste Montenegro (ZWMNE) podnijela je nacionalnu peticiju u novembru 2017. godine kako bi se jednom zauvijek zabranila upotreba jednokratnih plastičnih kesa u zemlji. Ministarstvo održivog razvoja i turizma potvrdilo je spremnost za saradnju sa nama na spovođenju zabrane plastičnih kesa u Crnoj Gori, ali na tome je ostalo. U međuvremenu, svijet se radikalno promjenio kada je upotreba jednokratne plastike u pitanju. Sve više zemalja uvodi zabrane i druge restriktivne mjere. Trenutno u Crnoj Gori, lokalna čišćenja od strane građana pojedinaca izgledaju kao pokušaji da se vodi rat iz kojeg ne mogu izaći kao pobjednici. Od decembra 2018. godine, naša zemlja je kandidat za članstvo u EU, a time ima i obavezu poštovanja zahtjeva iz Poglavlja 27. U procjeni EU-a iz 2017. godine navedeno je: «Carina na plastične kese već postoji, ali to se naplaćuje na prodajnom mjestu potrošačima i nalazi se na relativno niskom nivou.» (Izvor ovdje). Činjenica da se jednokratne plastične kese naplaćuju u većini velikih marketa, očito nije uticala na smanjenje upotrebe ovih kesa, obzirom da se one i dalje koriste, možda čak i više nego ikada. Obzirom da se ništa ne mijenja, kvalitet života vidljivo trpi, a i međunarodna konkurentnost kao turističke destinacije utemeljene na prirodi i kulturi polako nestaje, pa mi po hitnom postupku ponavljamo peticiju Ministarstvu održivog razvoja i turizma, sa više detalja o tome u pismu Ministru od 22. februara 2019., a koje je  poslalo udruženje Zero Waste Montenegro: 1) Zabraniti jednokratnu uporabu plastičnih kesa i uvesti alternative do kraja 2019. godine. 2) Za jednokratne plastične boce, uvesti šemu povrata depozita (Deposit Refund Scheme), koja je dokazana kao najuspješniji pristup u mnogim zemljama. Šema DRS-a može imati veliki uticaj na smanjenje otpada u Crnoj Gori. Dobro sprovedena i dobro upravljana šema depozita ne košta više od 0,01 € po boci, koju finansiraju sami proizvođači. Često čujemo od Uprave za upravljanje otpadom da EU ne zahtjeva potpunu zabranu jednokratnih plastičnih kesa, pa zašto bi to Crna Gora trebala učiniti? ZWMNE se ne slaže s ovom procjenom, a evo i zašto: Većina zemalja EU možda ne trebaju potpunu zabranu, jer 1. Već su smanjili potrošnju plastičnih kesa na relativno nizak nivo, kroz dobrovoljne inicijative i visoku svijest potrošača (pogledajte primjer Austrije sa 48 kesa godišnje po osobi) i 2. Budući da imaju razvijen sistem recikliranja i jako niske stope bacanja otpada oni su sigurni da ni tih 48 kesa neće završiti u prirodi. Ovo je daleko od slučaja koji imamo u Crnoj Gori. Zato, uskoro moramo zabraniti plastične kese i ublažiti troškove koje stvaraju sljedeća pitanja: začepljene kanalizacija sa posljedicama (rizici od poplava, visoki troškovi čišćenja po opštinama) zagađena priroda i njen negativan uticaj na rastuću turističku industriju dugoročna oštećenja crnogorske netaknute biološke raznolikosti mikroplastika koja ulazi u naš prehrambeni lanac (posebno u širokoj upotrebi okso-razgradivih kesa; Evropska hemijska agencija nedavno je podnijela prijedlog ograničenja za mikroplastiku). Mnoge turističke destinacije razumjele su hitnost sa ekološkog, ekonomskog i društvenog aspekta i ne prestaju sa akcijama tamo gdje su zakonski zahtjevi ispunjeni, već reaguju sistemski i uspješno grade načela održivosti, a time poboljšavaju svoj pozitivan ugled. Smatramo da je za Crnu Goru vrijeme da se počne ponašati slično kako bi očuvala svoju titulu “ekološke države”. Primjeri: Kostarika, u pogledu ekoturizma, ne samo da ima 25% svoje teritorije kao zvanično zaštićeno područje, već je počela raditi na tome da postane prva zemlja na svijetu koja planira da do 2021. godine potpuno iskorijeni upotrebu jednokratne plastike, u čemu su javne institucije imale veliku ulogu. Slovenija, još jedan međunarodno nagrađivani lider u održivom turizmu za svoju nacionalnu Zelenu šemu, je jedna od najuspješnijih zemalja u Evropi kada je u pitanju nulti otpad (zero waste), a ispunila je ciljeve iz projekta EU 2020 o Recikliranju, i to prije četiri godine. Ljubljana postiže rezultate koji prevazilaze nacionalne i stremi ka tome da postane prijestonica nultog otpada u Evropi. Studijsko putovanje je u ponudi od 8. do 10. maja: • Većina (87%) globalnih putnika želi putovati održivo (Izvor ovdje). No, kada na Google-u pretražujete Montenegro + smeće, rezultat je 2.750.000 članaka i slika koje prikazuju vrlo tužnu stvarnost kod nas! Šta mislite o ovakvoj viziji budućnosti? Crna Gora će postati lider na Balkanu u smislu upravljanja otpadom/nultim otpadom, sa vidljivim dokazima do 2030. godine! #OčistiME! je neformalna skupina građana koji žele da Crna Gora bude čista. Pratite nas kako izvještavamo o krizi u pogledu odlaganja smeća u Crnoj Gori i hrabrim poduhvatima građana pojedinaca, koji se ponašaju kao pravi heroji! Budite i vi dio naše zajednice! Pošaljite nam svoje fotografije, upotrijebite naš #, podijelite informacije sa prijateljima i brinite o svojoj zemlji! Ovo je naša molba za zabranu jednokratnih plastičnih kesa i molba da učinimo mnogo više za zaštitu «Divlje ljepote». ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ban single-use plastic bags and end the garbage crisis in Montenegro – it´s time! Single-use plastic bags are used only for a few minutes and then thrown away. Each citizen of Montenegro uses ca. 730 single-use plastic bags per year (compared to Austria: 48), and none are recycled. What makes things even worse is that most of them are not even recyclable! So, in the “best” case, if they do not end up in nature, they are piled up in landfills. The same happens with single-use plastic bottles, which comprise 40-60% of litter. A look into the landscape sends a clear message: plastic is everywhere – bags hanging in trees, bottles filling paths, roadsides and waters. Zero Waste Montenegro (ZWMNE) submitted a national petition in November 2017 to ban once and for all single-use plastic bags in the country. The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, confirmed their willingness to work with us on the implementation of a ban of plastic bags in Montenegro. In the meanwhile, the world has moved radically against single-used plastics. More and more countries introduce bans and other restrictive measures. Currently in Montenegro, local clean-ups by citizens try to fight a war they cannot win. Since December 2018, this EU candidate country has the obligation to fulfil the acquis Chapter 27 requirements. The EU assessment of 2017 stated: “A duty on plastic bags already exists, but this is not levied at the point of sale to consumers, and is at a relatively low level” (Source here.) The fact that plastic bags should be paid for in most major supermarket chains only has obviously not reduced the use of single-use plastic bags. After seeing little change, the quality of life visibly suffering and the international competitiveness as a nature- and culture-based tourism destination diminishing, we update and urgently repeat this petition to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism - with more details in the public letter to the Minister of 22 February 2019, sent by Zero Waste Montenegro: 1) Ban single-use plastic bags and introduce alternatives by the end of 2019. 2) For bottles, introduce a Deposit Refund Scheme, proven as the most successful approach in many countries. A DRS scheme can have a great impact on littering reduction in Montenegro. A well-implemented and well managed deposit scheme doesn’t cost more than 0,01€ per bottle, which are financed by the producers themselves. We often hear from the Waste Management Directorate that EU does not demand a complete ban on plastic bags, so why should Montenegro do it? ZWMNE disagrees with this assessment and here is why: Most EU countries may actually not need a full ban, because 1. They already have reduced their consumption of plastic bags to a fairly low level, through voluntary initiatives and high consumer awareness (see the example of Austria with 48 bags/year/person) and2. because they have a developed a recycling system and extremely low littering rate that makes it possible for those 48 bags not to leak in the environment. This is far from being the case in Montenegro. That is why we need to ban plastic bags soon and mitigate the costs of the following issues:  Clogged sewers with its consequences (risks of floods, high clean-up costs to municipalities) Littered nature and its negative impact on the growing tourism industry Long-term damages to the Montenegrin pristine biodiversity Micro-plastics entering our food chain (especially though the wide use of oxo-degradable bags; the European Chemical Agency has recently submitted a restriction proposal on micro-plastics) Many other tourism destinations have understood the urgency from the ecological, economic and social point of view and don´t stop where the legal requirements end, but systematically and successfully build on principles of sustainability and grow their positive reputation. We think that for Montenegro, it is time to do start doing similarly and keeping the promise of an  “ecological state”. Examples: Costa Rica, reference in ecotourism, claims not only 25% of its surface as protected areas but has started work to become the world´s first country to eradicate all single-use plastics by 2021. Public institutions took the lead: Slovenia, another internationally awarded leader in sustainable tourism (for its national Green Scheme), is also the top performing country in Europe in Zero Waste , having met the EU 2020 recycling targets four years ago. Ljubljana offers results going beyond the national ones and committed to become a Zero Waste capital. A study tour is offered 8-10 May: The majority (87%) of global travellers want to travel sustainably (Source here). But when you Google Montenegro + garbage the result are 2,750,000 articles and pictures showing the very sad realities here. What do you think about this vision for the future? Montenegro to become an evidence-based leader in the Balkans in term of waste management / zero waste by 2030! #OčistiME! is an informal group of people who want Montenegro to clean up. Follow us as we report on the garbage crisis in Montenegro & the citizen heroes cleaning it up. Be a part of the community! Send us your photos, use our hashtag, help share and care! This is our petition to ban single use plastic bags & to do more - for taking care of the Wild Beauty.

5,614 supporters