Topic

plastic pollution

178 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Wegmans Food Markets

Help Ban Plastic Bags at Wegmans Food Markets

Wegmans Food Markets has an incredibly loyal and passionate following (myself included).  Just type their name into google, and you will see several recent articles referring to them as trendsetters and leaders when it comes to retail and grocery shopping.  Better yet, visit a location and be impressed first hand.  Wegmans Food Markets has a huge opportunity to take action when it comes to decreasing single-use plastics, specifically, plastic bags. There are so many actions they could be taking here, and banning the use of plastic bags is a great starting point (check out the progress other cities have made on this).  And what better place for Wegmans to start than Rochester, NY, home of their headquarters!  This is also a great opportunity for our Rochester Community. Recently, there have been a number of articles stating that Wegmans is hesitant to do this in New York State, in response to Cuomo's initiative, because it will "push more people to use paper bags (which is also damaging to the environment)". Educating consumers on the use of reusable bags is key, as they mention, but they can DO MORE!  They have the power, resources, and responsibility to do more. Please join me in encouraging Wegmans Food Markets to take even more action when it comes to the environment. Change is possible!  Our dependence on plastic is killing us, wildlife, and the planet.  Please note I did not include statistics and research on single-use plastic and plastic bags, as they can easily be found on the internet. Please take the time to educate yourself and do some research. There are some pretty horrifying and devastating images and facts out there. It is time for our society to make changes.  

Alyssa Juszkiewicz
4,594 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to California State Senate, California State House

Pass the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act

We’re concerned that single-use plastics are wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods and natural environments. California representatives introduced Senate Bill 54 and Assembly Bill 1080 earlier this year to drastically reduce single-use product and packaging waste for generations to come. Known as the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, the bills come as widespread concerns are being raised about single-use plastic pollution and its impact on water quality, our food supply, marine ecosystem health, and our carbon footprint. An unchecked plastic waste stream is a global threat. We are now finding microplastics everywhere they shouldn’t be: our drinking water, seafood, table salt, and even in our soil. Exposure to plastics and associated toxins has been linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption, and other serious health issues. Sign this petition urging the California Senate and Assembly to fast-track the approval of the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. The bills set the framework for a 75% reduction of all single-use plastic packaging and products sold in California by 2030, with the rest being effectively recyclable or compostable. As a trusted ocean and watershed water quality watchdog, Heal the Bay is guided by the best science, not emotion. Over the last 34 years, our nonprofit organization has seen first-hand how plastic pollution has wreaked havoc on animals and the outdoor places we all cherish. We've hosted thousands of public beach cleanups in Los Angeles County, California with volunteers, and together we’ve removed over 3.9 million trash items. Nearly 70% of this waste is plastic. We’re not the only ones doing cleanups. Communities around the world are joining forces and volunteering to remove waste from the natural environment. While beach cleanups are helping to eradicate what’s on shore, there are still 8 million tons of plastic being dumped into our oceans every year. That’s equivalent to one garbage truck-full every single minute. And with an expected 20% increase in plastic production predicted over the next decade, the problem is only getting worse. Cleanups can be costly and this tactic alone can’t keep up with the production of plastics. Existing recycling infrastructure can’t keep pace either. Less than 9% of plastic is recycled, and that percentage is dropping since the implementation of new policies in India and China, which severely restrict the amount of waste that can be accepted from the United States. We need to take urgent action to stop this toxic waste stream from continuing to build up. Unlike natural materials that biodegrade, nearly every piece of plastic ever produced still exists. As these items fragment into smaller particles, known as microplastics, they concentrate toxins and become impossible to remove from the natural environment. If we continue on our current course, scientists have estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by mass. Upstream incentives that tackle plastic packaging and distribution at the source are the only solutions left. Heal the Bay and Plastic Pollution Coalition advocate for the urgent approval of the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. Tell our elected officials to implement strong, comprehensive environmental policies so California can lead the United States away from single-use plastics and disposables for good.

Heal the Bay
401,581 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Kroger, Walmart

Reduce plastic by changing prescription bottles

Plastics in general are disrupting our ecosystems with unknown long term impact to our food sources. We are seeing increased quantities of micro plastics in our water, air, and food we eat, especially in fish. The long term impact is unknown, but these effects will outlive our children and beyond and continue to disrupt ecosystems. Plastic bottles from Pharmacies often end up in recycling bins, trash, or worse. Often these are short term, single use items, but the waste will last for generations. Many small companies supplying similarly packaged products have done so in a more sustainable manner. This petition is targeting large pharmacies that have the power to change the supply chain model for medications by moving from plastic dominant solutions to aluminum, glass/metal mixed packaging, or compostable solutions. Additionally, medications that require repeat 90 day supplies could employ a hybrid model that provides a metal or glass container for the first 90 day supply and then provides refills in a compostable package. An example like this has been deployed by smaller companies like bite.com and their tablet based toothpaste packaging.  Please sign my petition to ask these companies to work with their suppliers to develop sustainable, non-plastic, packaging and delivery of prescription medications. Ask you local pharmacist to considering building the awareness of this petition. 

Chris Frail
143 supporters