Topic

plastic waste

9 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Gary E. Knell, Michael Tribble, Susan Goldberg

National Geographic: Stop Wrapping Your Magazines in Single Use Plastic Bags

  For many years I have enjoyed reading National Geographic. Thanks to you, I've been able to learn how plastic waste is destroying our planet's ocean ecosystems and the importance of decreasing unnecessary, non-reusable packaging.  Articles in your magazine make it clear that pollution is having serious, negative effects on our climate and our planet's ecosystems.   So when I received your magazine subscription as a gift, I was shocked to find it delivered in a non-recycleable, single-use plastic bag. What was even more upsetting is it appeared the main purpose of the bag was to protect advertisements to subscribe to the magazine (which I was already subscribed to). The National Geographic Society and the National Geographic magazine stand for global, environmentally-conscious ideas. Your mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. Part of your agenda is preserving wildlife and the ecosystem in the best way possible, and this is also expressed throughout your magazine. Your magazine is filled with tales of warning about the negative effects of plastic waste in our environment. In fact, National Geographic is a front runner in speaking about climate issues as well as ways to move forward in these uncertain times. According to your magazine there are more than 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic trash floating around in the ocean. In addition to that, at least 8 million more tons are dumped in our oceans every year. National Geographic has also stated that Americans create approximately 4.6 lbs of trash per person PER DAY. How can we stop this when even you can't change your ways. Despite all this, you continue to deliver the National Geographic magazine to subscribers packaged in a single-use plastic bag. This practice reflects badly on The National Geographic Society’s morale and goes against your own anti-pollution campaigns. When I read your magazine I want to know that I am not actively contributing to plastic waste on our planet. Right now, I don't feel that way at all. I urge you to stop this practice and abandon the plastic packaging. Please use more sustainable practices to incorporate your advertisements if you find them necessary. Be the example you try to set with your magazine and tv channel. Pioneer the change you champion for. Or at the very least find a 100% renewable resource to house your magazine if you find it absolutely requires a cover. Plenty of other magazines are able to deliver through mail without any plastic covering-- despite being filled with ads. Every time I receive my magazine all I can think about where my plastic cover will go after this. If it's doomed to wash up on a beach... or get swallowed by an animal and lead to its demise. It's time to practice what you preach. Sharing the knowledge isn't enough. Set the example and your subscribers will follow. Your magazine has taught me that WE have to set an example for our world. The change starts with you. Stand up for science. Stand up for climate change.

Hannah Yesk
1,292 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Alshaya

Tax Disposable Items in Starbucks Oman

As coffee, tea, and many other ingredients used at Starbucks come from the environment, the earth is Starbucks' most valued partner. Therefore, Starbucks should slowly decrease its usage of disposable items. Although Starbucks has been advocating to recycle their cups, it is really out od their control when it comes to what the customers do with their cups. In Oman, we have poor recycling facilities. Therefore, we do not have the choice to recycle. But, do we need to recycle? Why don't they just limit disposable packaging? We believe it is doable as previous generations have done so. Starbucks has begun to do so but let's reinforce the rules. As they are a global food chain, they have been set as an example and have more than enough influence to create the ripple effect. Reusable cups are also an important component their overall waste reduction strategy. Since 1985 they rewarded our customers with a discount when they bring in personal tumblers. In 2013 they launched a $2 reusable cup in the U.S. and Canada, and a £1cup in the United Kingdom. Starbucks has used 2.5 billion cups and has been creating an enormous environmental impact. It is also up to the people to stand for their environment to be healthy for future generations. It is time for a change, one step at a time. Starbucks should start off by lowering the costs when someone uses their cup. From then on, they should slowly decrease their supply of cups and straws. Then finally they should stop offering disposable cups or straws anymore and should have people bring their mugs or buy one from there. That way Starbucks spends less money and gains more while receiving good press for their sustainable impact. It's a win-win!

Our Utopian Wonderland
22 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council of Houston

Bag-Free Bayous Houston

We ask you to pass an ordinance that increases the use of reusable bags and decreases the use of single-use bags, especially plastic ones. Every year, about 300 million pounds of plastic are produced, but only 10 percent is recycled.[1] It is estimated that Americans go through about 100 billion plastic bags a year, or 360 bags per year for every man, woman, and child in the country.[2] Many of these bags end up on the streets and sidewalks or caught in tree branches. Others wind up in bayous. Not only does the litter look bad and hurt wildlife in the bayous, it washes into our bays, the Gulf of Mexico, and beyond. The adoption of reusable bags could save taxpayer dollars related to cleanup costs. Cities all over the world have cut the use of single-use plastic bags including Austin, Brownsville, Laredo, and the small town of Kermit, Texas. The most effective policy is a ban on plastic bags and a small fee on paper bags. Another option is to place a small fee on both plastic and paper bags. In some cities, the fees go to the retailer for their costs and in others they also help pay for cleaning up litter.[3] Let’s make Houston a shining example of environmental responsibility! I encourage you to take a stand for beautiful bayous and streets! About this Petition:I am Lila Mankad, a 4th grader in Ms.Caraways's class at Travis Elementary in Houston. I live near Little White Oak Bayou, and it bothers me that it's full of trash. I've noticed that one of the main problems is plastic bags. As long as I can remember, they have been waving in the trees more abundantly than the Spanish Moss. Sadly, the the problem with plastic bags isn't just that they look trashy. They kill wildlife, block our waterways, and make Houston look like it doesn't care about the Earth.That might be the old Houston,but not the Houston I grew up in, or the Houston of tomorrow. I want to be the kind of person who changes the world instead of complaining. I want to be the kind of person that solves problems instead of creating them. I want Houston to be a city that really believes "it's worth it". For these reasons, I have joined together with my friend Caoilin Krathaus to start this petition to dramatically reduce the use of plastic bags by banning them or placing a fee on their use. And I know we can do it because cities across the world have made similar bans and reduced pollution drastically. Please sign this petition and help Houston be known for moss in it's trees instead of plastic.-------------------------------------------------------------------------- [1] Wassimer, Bettina. “Raising Awareness of Plastic Waste.” New York Times, August 14, 2001. Accessed May 1, 2016. [2] Gamerman, Ellen. September 26, 2008. Wall Street Journal. Accessed May 1, 2016. [3] Surfrider Foundation. "Rise Above Plastics Toolkit." Surfrider.og. Accessed May 1, 2016.

Lila Mankad
2,296 supporters