plastic waste

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Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to The Hershey Company, Michele Buck, Damien Atkins, Printpack , Steve Voskuil, Terence O'Day, Rohit Grover, Todd W. Tillemans, Kevin Walling, Mary Beth West, The Hershey Company's Board of Directors

Hershey’s: eliminate single-use plastic wrappers

We, Hershey’s customers, ask The Hershey Company to eliminate its use of single-use plastic wrappers from its products, including Hershey's Bars, Jolly Ranchers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and other confectionaries. The tide is turning against plastic pollution, with recent campaigns against plastic straws, plastic bags, and other single-use plastic products. We believe that Hershey’s has a role to play in reducing its pollution footprint by eliminating its single-use plastic wrappers in favor of more sustainable alternatives. Hershey’s has the ability to make a difference. As a large corporation with billions of dollars in net sales [1], Hershey’s is not only a key player in the confectionery industry, but also a large producer of plastic wrappers that end up in landfills in the best case, and littering our streets, waterways, and oceans in the worst. Hershey’s actions should match its promise of sustainability. In Hershey’s 2018 Sustainability Report [2], Hershey’s indicated that it is focused on creating “Reductions in GHGs, total waste, packaging waste and water use.” In order for Hershey’s to successfully achieve this goal, switching away from single-use plastic wrappers is paramount. Hershey’s has plenty of alternatives to single-use plastics. For example, starting in 2019, Nestlé plans to use paper packaging for its Yes! snack bar, and Smarties will have plastic-free packaging as well. Other alternatives include biodegradable or compostable wrappers [3]. Opening up a plastic bag of Jolly Ranchers only to reveal candies individually wrapped with plastic is upsetting. Tearing open a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup only to have to discard the plastic wrapper is frustrating. Let us enjoy your candies without the environmental consequences of single-use plastic wrappers. Hershey’s, we love your candies, but we are disappointed with the way you package them. Sources: 1, 2: 3:

1,436 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Fresh Thyme CEO Chris Sherrell

Fresh Thyme -- Remove Plastic Grocery Bags From Your Stores!

We, the customers of Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, concerned with the safety of our soil, air and water, as well as the health of our neighbors, our local animal populations, our oceans and ourselves, ask Fresh Thyme to discontinue the use of all plastic grocery bags in all of its stores. We understand that, while change can be inconvenient to some, the time is now to make this important change to the benefit of all life on the planet. According to National Geographic, U.S. residents use nearly 330 million plastic bags every day. These bags often end up carried by wind and water into our creeks and rivers. They break up into tiny pieces that contaminate our water and aquatic life as documented by Professor Andreas Fath, who recently exposed the shockingly high concentration of microplastics in the Tennessee River. The small percentage of plastic bags that do get returned for recycling are not being recycled. We do not have the facilities in place on our own turf to recycle the massive quantities of plastic waste we produce daily. China and several other countries now reject plastic scrap imports to protect their own soil and water. We are running out of places for our plastic to go. In light of this growing crisis, it is Fresh Thyme's responsibility to recognize its role in this problem as well as the solution. Fresh Thyme hangs its hat on a reputation for offering a selection of fresher, cleaner, healthier foods and products. Now it is time to back that reputation by preserving the land and water required to produce that organic food. Simply switching to paper bags is not an option. Paper bags require three times the water to produce and result in 50 times the pollutants. The truly responsible option is to require customers to either bring their own bags, or purchase non-plastic, reusable bags in the store. There are numerous store chains around the world that have adopted this very policy and been met with a positive response. Since 2016, Adidas, Savers Thrift Stores, Ikea, Sam's Club, Costco, BJ's Wholesale and Whole Foods have all eliminated plastic bags from their stores nationwide. In the St. Louis area, all MERS Goodwill Stores have also gone plastic bag free. South Korea recently doubled down on their commitment to reduce plastic waste by banning all plastic bags from major supermarkets. Before this decision, stores were required to charge a fee for plastic bags. Two major retailers in Australia voluntarily removed plastic bags from their stores as well, resulting in an 80% reduction in plastic bag use. As you can see, this is a global effort to tackle a global problem and we all need to do our part to reduce all forms of plastic waste. And so Fresh Thyme, it is time to make the commitment to a cleaner, healthier planet by removing plastic bags from all stores. Sincerely, The following concerned citizens:

Plastic Free Tri-Cities
794 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Panda Express, James Thomas, Peggy Cherng, andrew cherng

Dear Panda Express: We Don't Want Your Single Use Plastic

Having lived in the Puget Sound region for my sixteen years of life, I love my local landscape. Our community is lucky to be surrounded by lush mountains and endless water. We take pride in implementing green policies and on keeping the region pristine. At least, that's the illusion.  During my freshman year of high school, I became a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium. I educated visitors about marine science and conservation. I also learned the shocking realities of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Washington’s severely polluted orca population, and microplastics in our drinking water. This led me to take a closer look at what plastic waste is doing to our home. Every year, Washington generates tens of millions of pounds of plastic waste, and the majority ISN'T recycled. Instead, much of this plastic goes into the ocean, where it breaks down into its smaller, toxic components that accumulate in the tissues of wildlife and people.   This is killing the Puget Sound. It threatens our CRITICALLY endangered Southern Resident killer whales, and it threatens me and other youth who will inherit this region. If we care about the well-being of our children, we need to hold companies that distribute plastic accountable. One of those companies is Panda Express.  While I love the food, I no longer go to Panda Express because of the single use plastic that is generated there--and I know other customers are turned off, too. If you have ever eaten at Panda Express, you know how much waste they create--a plastic container, plastic utensils, maybe a plastic bag. And that's just for one person. Panda Express has over 2,000 locations, each processing hundreds of orders a day. Think about how much plastic could be saved if Panda Express switched to biodegradable or reusable products. Subway, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and other major chains have pledged to cut down on their plastic distribution. Panda Express should do the same. Panda Express has already had to respond to some local and state regulations that have forced the company to introduce sustainable packaging in some locations. If Panda Express can do this for some locations, why can't they do this nationwide and became a true leader in sustainable packaging in the fast-food industry? For the health of my community and others around the world, I urge Panda Express to stop its use of disposable plastic containers and utensils and substitute them for something biodegradable or reusable. The people and wildlife of Puget Sound deserve better. 

Isha S
4,422 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Kroger, Walmart, Schnucks

Ban Plastic Bags From Kroger, Walmart, and Schnucks

Plastic bags disrupt the environment in a very bad way. They get into the soil and slowly release toxic chemicals. They eventually break down into the soil, with the sad result being that animals eat them and often choke and die. Plastic bags are suffocating the planet, with 60,000 plastic bags being bought in the U.S. every 5 seconds. They take huge amounts of energy to manufacture, transport across the country, and recycle. They don’t break down in landfill sites, but over time they release dangerous chemicals. They’re incredibly hard to recycle.  They contribute to a widespread, global litter problem. The floods in Bangladesh in 1988 and 1998, and frequent flooding in Manila can be attributed to blockages caused by this type of litter. The common three-arrow recyclable symbol is found on plastic packaging across the U.S. however in many cases it is a marketing trick, as there is no regulation of the symbol or legal requirements for the way it is used. Many of the plastic bags collected by recycling companies cannot be reused or recycled, as the industry that produces them does not want to buy them back. Most ‘recycled’ bags therefore end up in landfill sites or are shipped to Asia. Most of the Earth’s wildlife is in the sea, which means that at least 260 other species of animal are also at risk of ingestion or entanglement due to plastic bag floating in the ocean. Floating plastic bags are often mistaken for jellyfish by marine animals who feed on them, such as sea turtles which are threatened with becoming endangered due to mass ingestion of plastics. Shards of plastic bags lay in their stomachs, leaving no room for actual food. This is a terrible problem. Only you can fix it.          

Marie-Jolie Wiley
139 supporters