Topic

plastic reduction

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Update posted 4 weeks 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
3,431 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ban the production and use of non-recyclable plastics

The use of plastics has been a rising concern globally, it is a very useful product, however it is causing destruction the environment globally and is accounting for the changing climate. It is very difficult to convince the majority of the population to shift to using less to no plastics due to its impact on our lives, but how can we stop that?  My suggestion is to ban the production of non recyclable plastics in the United Kingdom as well as the usage of them. The reasoning behind this would be that it forces businesses (Who ultimately have the control over what people buy) to find alternatives to package their products such as recyclable plastics and look for plastic free items. It’s very difficult to convince the masses to switch to a plastic free lifestyle as it is vital to our everyday lives, but why should it be so difficult to recycle it? I see plastic everywhere I go and I acknowledge that it is so important, but businesses cannot seem to grasp the idea that they are adding to the problem by not providing more viable options for consumers. I believe that the government should hold them accountable for this and stop them having the option of using or selling products that use non recyclable packaging, instead focusing on different ways to solve the problem.  I am just 16 years old but I hope that this can make a difference in some way. Not just to make lives easier for consumers, but to also reduce the plastic problem that has affected the world. Thank you

Morgan Rutherford
295 supporters