plastic waste

13 petitions

Started 1 month ago

Petition to FedEx, United States Postal Service, United Parcel Service,, eBay, Etsy

Support Plastic-Free Shipping & More Sustainable Alternatives

With the increased use and power of technology, people are able to communicate, share, sell, and purchase products globally. Now more than ever, we as consumers need to be conscientious of the effects of our choices. Online shopping is becoming more popular now than ever, and with this the use of shipping and delivery increases as well. Speaking as a consumer and a supporter of many online businesses, I hope these companies who provide goods and services will explore shipping alternatives that are plastic-free for the good of the environment.It is worrisome to order a small item online and see it arrive in excess plastic packaging. This was brought to my attention when a small business owner wrote about the materials used in their packaging: recycled paper tape, tissue paper, cardboard, and other forms of paper.These materials are entirely possible to be used in shipping and packaging- and they keep items just as safe, if not safer than the plastic packaging that many companies use. This will make a huge difference for our world and our environment. Every person’s garbage adds up, and as online shopping increases, our waste also increases. Shipping companies can offer these paper alternatives to their clients. Online companies that host small business owners and sellers can offer these suggestions to their users.At the end of the day, this would be the decision of the business owners themselves, but as I customer I would feel more confident in shopping at and supporting a business that offers this shipping & packaging alternative. Having an option available during checkout, offering incentives to businesses, or having sellers post this information in their description or product page would give consumers the ability to make environmentally conscious choices. This is a valuable alternative to explore and an important change to look into. This will reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic being used and being introduced into landfills and our environment. 

Sal C.
567 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Danish retailers

Stop using plastic in q-tips/cotton buds

Photograph: © Justin Hofman ( Our oceans are becoming clogged with plastic. Estimates suggest that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the seas than fish, by weight. WHAT? That is appalling! A huge part of the problem is the one-use plastics, such as drinks cups, plastic cutlery, bottles, toothbrushes, wet wipes, packaging, or the plastic stems of q-tips or cotton buds. It's not just ugly and disgusting to find plastic on the beach. Marine plastic pollution is seriously damaging the health of our oceans. From plankton to pilot whales, algae to albatross — no ocean life remains free from the effects of plastic waste, and it’s even found in the seafood we eat. We might not think that our everyday actions can make a difference. But they do.  People are still flushing away cotton buds or q-tips in their toilets, and millions of them end up in the sea. The recent photograph taken by Justin Hofman, of a tiny seahorse with its tail curled round a plastic cotton bud, has provoked outrage and sadness, but let's not just cry about it. Let's do something to help! Recently, all the major retailers in the UK responded to the demands of 157,000 people who signed a consumer-led petition, started by City to Sea: (check out their powerful videos!) and have agreed to switch from plastic to biodegradable paper sticks for production of their cotton buds by the end of 2017. I believe that, if the UK can do it, then so can we here in Denmark. One step at a time, let's make our voices heard and demand better from our corporations - and ask them to change from plastic to paper in their cotton buds.

Anna Collar
18 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Jerry Brown

Ban plastic straws in California!

Plastic is a part of every day life for every American. On average we throw out over500 million plastic straws every day. We don't think much of it when we're drinking from our straws or when we throw out old bottles, but the sad reality is that between 12,000 and 24,000 tons of plastic is ingested every year by marine life, causing injury and death. That plastic later transfers to bigger marine life higher up the food chain as they consume the fish. And the fish who aren't hunted by bigger life find their way on to your dinner plates, leaching harmful toxins, such as BPA, into the bodies of you and your loved ones. Plastic straws in particular kill millions of sea birds a year, and it was estimated that at least a quarter of fish found in markets have plastic fibers in their bellies. We have to act now. We are already on a path that leads to more plastic in our seas than marine life by the year 2050. Something as simple as switching to biodegradable straws could change the world for the better. Banning plastic straws may seem like too much of a hassle, but the reality is that the positive impact it would have on us and the environment is so astounding that we could actually create a healthy and thriving world for our fellow earth inhabitants and our future descendants. If you can't do it for the animals and the planet, do it for your family! The above image is not ours. It is credited to a research team who found and helped save the injured sea turtle off the cost of Costa Rica. 

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