plastic reduction

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Petition to , Mars

Stop wrapping vouchers up in plastic

Plastic pollution is a major problem. Plastic is not biodegradable and is polluting our planet. Wildlife are ingesting plastic and it’s being found at the bottom of our oceans. Environmentalists are calling for alternatives to plastic and as responsible companies it’s surely important that they take measures to reduce the plastic that they use in packaging. It is also important that unnecessary plastic packaging is discontinued. As someone committed to reducing my personal plastic usage I was surprised to discover a voucher in my cat’s food box which was wrapped in plastic. It is totally unnecessary to package a voucher in plastic. Vouchers can be added to a box so they can be cut out, or even sent out online. I wrote to Mars Customer care, but got two unsatisfactory replies. The first told me about other environmental work Mars is doing but didn’t address my concern. When I pointed this out I was told: “We put a considerable amount of effort into ensuring our vouchers and promotions get to our consumers undamaged. The plastic casing round these help protect the voucher. As you can imagine balancing the protection, quality of the product and its recyclability can prove difficult.”  I don’t think this is good enough. I have pointed out other methods of delivering vouchers that need not include plastic packaging. Vouchers are unlikely to get damaged inside a cardboard box. After that surely care of the voucher is down to the consumer. I would like to see Mars show some real responsibility towards our environment; it’s a global emergency. Mars, there is absolutely no need to wrap a cardboard or paper voucher up in plastic.         

Mary Lester
604 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Alexandre de Juniac

Ban single-use plastics in worldwide air travel by 2020.

Dear Mr. de Juniac, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Please take a moment to read our petition. We are GEN, the Global Ecotourism Network, the world’s most experienced and comprehensive organization for those who care for the global and local impacts of travel and tourism. Not only the consumption patterns in the destinations are important, but also the way how people get there. The signatures below are from customers of your member airlines. We appreciate IATA´s measures addressing the global challenge of climate change. And we are convinced that you can easily do more, by introducing this requirement into the IATA Environmental Policies: Ban single-use plastics by 2020. There are five trillion pieces of microplastic in the ocean, with one rubbish truck load added each minute. 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year and only 12 per cent is recycled. The world's first plastic-free flight was introduced end 2018 by Hi Fly, a IATA member company that wet leases aircraft in Portugal and Malta. We wish all 290 IATA member airlines to follow. For example, to get 14 pieces of plastic on a breakfast plate is simply shocking. Everything counts in large amounts:  With more than 100,000 flights a day, when all meals and other service packs are counted, we are talking about hundreds of millions of single-use plastics on planes per day (e.g. cups, cutlery, packaging). These plastics can be reduced and replaced with eco-friendly alternatives. We would also advise the airlines to start an awareness campaign with all their customers to inform them about the harm single-use plastic is doing to the world and its inhabitants.  In our experience, with an awareness campaign, customers tend to buy in and appreciate the airlines´ efforts to contribute to a more sustainable world. Carrying 82% of the world’s air traffic, the world’s leading passenger and cargo airlines have the power to make this change happen and they have the clients who care.

Global Ecotourism Network
3,074 supporters