Petition to Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's: Reduce Plastic Packaging!
A whopping 91% percent of plastics are NOT Recycled. Plastic is everywhere. It ends up in the ocean and then into the fish we eat, the water we drink, even as micro-plastics in salt!. In 2016, the global production of plastics reached 335 million metric tons. Currently, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, and it is predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish. It is time to change our relationship with plastic... recycling is not enough. We need to reduce plastic production and consumption. Companies need to be held accountable for the role they play in this cycle and help to be a part of the solution, not the problem. Trader Joe's is great about encouraging people to bring their bags and buy organic, but they get an "F" on their packaging. I would like to see TJ's take a bigger stand on sustainability and reduce their plastic impact. With only 12 years left to stop climate change, corporations like you need to lead consumers in making earth-conscious choices. Start by eliminating plastic packaging on your produce. Offer produce in bulk like other grocery stores, and choose cardboard, glass and metal over plastic packaging. As responsible consumers and citizens, we ask that Trader Joe's take action by reducing their plastic packaging. Help prove that you DO really care about your customers by helping to save our planet.
Petition to Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng
The Ban Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags
data credit: atcmask.com, aglanceatghana.weebly.com, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, climatelinks.org, pdfs.semanticscholar.org, un-page.org, ghana.gov.gh, myjoyonline.com, agricultureandfoodsecurity.biom, google.com ''We have to wake up to the fierce urgency of the now." -Jim Yong Kim This petition will be as straightforward as possible; the aim is to ban plastic bags, specifically non-biodegradable ones. This automatically introduces the use of eco-friendly paper bags, eco-friendly reusable bags, and bio-degradable plastic bags. We outlined majority of the problems caused by these plastics: Per a study, Ghana generated 302, 192 kg/day of plastic waste in only 2010; this was more than 4 times generated in Kenya per day during the same time period and about 81% of it (about 244, 835 kg/day) was dumped in uncontrolled landfills. This did not include littered plastic waste. As a result of incapable municipal waste management services, residents in urban areas regularly burn plastic waste releasing highly toxic fumes into the atmosphere. Around 28,000 premature deaths in Ghana each year are linked to air pollution according to the World Health Organisation. Over a period of about 50 years 4 million people in Ghana have been affected by floods, resulting in economic damage worth more than USD$780 million. One of these floods being the June 3rd Disaster caused by blocked open gutters and an unfortunate fire. Non bio-degradable plastic bags do not decompose within a suitable time period; one can take up to 1000 years to decompose. Almost all commercial food is wrapped in a form of plastic and is kept in a plastic bag to be sold, eventually discarded in the form of litter. Sachet water plastic is the most common form seen around because it is inexpensive and a source of drinking water. The plastic waste produced for example in Accra (300 tonnes daily), has only less than 2 percent of it recycled; the waste that is actually collected. The rest could end up in the sea and other waters leaving fishermen with a problem; fish. When the fish become poisoned after ingesting plastic, it creates a food chain of poisoned fish eventually reaching humans, harming us in the long run. According to health officials, the 2014 cholera outbreak hit 17,000 cases with 150 deaths. The main cause is the filth brought out from gutters and littered sites after a storm. Part of this filth being plastic bags that got choked in the open gutters. Air pollutants including nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and VOCs could be released when the plastic is burnt and that is negative for farm production due to the risk of acid rain. About 86.11 percent of the air in Ghana is polluted and 91.67 percent of Ghana has drinking water pollution and inaccessibility. Profesor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation: " A year and a half ago, we were under pressure to ban plastics in Ghana because certain countries in Africa had banned plastics so we should do same. We think that we should be very careful in the way we do that. Because if you ban something and you’re not able to monitor and police it, what do you do?” He questioned. He said instead of banning plastics, government is relentlessly working on managing them, “…we think that the wholesale ban will not be in the interest of Ghana, because plastics are used everywhere. In the hospitals, in homes, in industries and agriculture and so on…The problem is that plastics are not bad but its management is problematic…” We put together the solutions we'd like to see take place: -Non-biodegradable plastic bags are banned officially from Ghana -Public dustbins are made accessible in public places nationwide -Businesses are educated on environmental protection, littering, waste management, recycling etc -All districts/municipalities have an official recycling centre -Re-usable and ecofriendly bags should be recognized and introduced instead of plastic bags -Products seize being sold and purchased in non-biodegradable plastic bags -Businesses thriving on/making plastic bags switch to eco-friendly bags: Paper, Re-usable and Biodegradable Plastic Bags Based on this, our petition requests: -NON-BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC BAGS are banned -Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is implemented/established; including regulations to make producers responsible for their plastic products and their impact on the environment. (Proper waste disposal and collection, street sweeping and gutter/waterway cleanups). -Incentives to industries through tax cuts to encourage the transition to the eco-friendly bags. -Raising public awareness through all platforms about the environmental impacts of non-biodegradable plastics. Please sign now and let your voice be heard among the masses today.
Petition to Xavier Bernat Serra, Massimiliano Zanni, Marcos Bernat Serra, Adrian Romero, Lorena Gracia, Eugenia Casulleras Llorens
Chupa Chups: Stop producing plastic lollipop sticks
On Earth Day 2018 we ask: Why do lollipops which only last a few moments, have to be put on plastic sticks, which last a few centuries? Scientists know now that every year about 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. It has finally been recognised that there is an overwhelming amount of plastic debris in our oceans, we are becoming engulfed by it. Any quick "plastic ocean" online search will show you that. 91% of plastic is not recycled so every day thousands and thousands of pieces of plastic is washed up on our shores. Every day I take a few minutes and clean my local beach, I collect over 10 lollipop sticks per day just on my little coast line here in Portugal. Apart from this just being saddening and ugly, it also has a direct effect on marine life, such as sea turtles. Although they spend much time swimming underwater, they have to come up to the surface to breath through their tiny nostrils. There are many reports of sea turtles with plastic sticks and straws lodged in their nostrils, meaning this plastic can cause them to drown or live in pain. We cannot re-use single use lollipop stick plastic again, so the best way to avoid using these plastics is to simply stop buying plastic products. We don't want to stop buying Chupa Chups thats's not the point, we just ask Chupa Chups now to do your bit to lessen the problem by changing to a biodegradable material for your sticks. Better materials are out there when used we are closer to a cleaner ocean and preservation of marine life. Paper sticks (used by other lollipop producers) for instance, will biodegrade relatively quickly if they do end up in the ocean. Other companies are finding ways to help with this problem. UK Supermarket Iceland has become the first major retailer to announce it will be going plastic-free on all its own label products within the next five years. Tesco and Johnson&Johnson have stopped selling/producing plastic ear buds in the last year (a product very similar to yours). We know that Chupa Chups is not solely responsible for all of these sticks, but you are the market leader, so we ask you on Earth Day 2018, to be next in making a positive change. Will you stop producing plastic lollipop sticks?
Petition to Beverage producers, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever, Nestlé, Danone, DrPepperSnapple , Suntory
Make recycling easier
91% of the plastic we use is not recycled. As the result, huge amount of plastic waste is produced, which very often ends up in forests, rivers, lakes and oceans, harming the environment. We would like to put a stop to it. Most of the bottles produced nowadays are recyclable. However, among the biggest beverage producers, less than 7% of the new bottles are produced from recycled plastic. We believe one of the most important reasons for that, is the lack of recycling infrastructure, especially in the developing countries. People living in such countries, very often live long distances away from the nearest recycling centers, which makes it almost impossible for them to recycle used bottles. As the result, huge share of the plastic bottles does not have a chance to return to the bottle producers, who thus are not able to produce new bottles from the old, recyclable ones. We would like to promote a solution to that problem. It is enough, that the beverage producers start using plastic bottles which are more easily recyclable, such as the ones proposed by the "Team Bottle Squad". By designing a bottle which is much easier to smash and store, it would be much easier for people in developing countries to transport such bottles to the recycling centers.
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.
Petition to Fresh Thyme CEO Chris Sherrell
Fresh Thyme -- We don't want your plastic grocery bags anymore!
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:
Petition to Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola: Stop Using Plastic 6-Pack Rings!
Our oceans are clogged with millions of tonnes of plastic waste that will not degrade for thousands of years. Plastic 6-pack rings represent pointless plastic waste — there are already completely biodegradable and compostable alternatives available, yet cheap, single-use plastic rings continue to be mass-produced at alarming rates. It is no longer enough to hope that consumers will cut up and recycle plastic 6-pack rings, it is time for producers like Coca-Cola to stop mass-producing and using this harmful plastic packaging. We’ve all seen the damage plastic waste is doing to our planet and our wildlife. Peanut the Turtle (pictured) was found in 1993, her shell permanently deformed by a plastic 6-pack ring which also prevented her organs from fully developing. More than two decades later, we are still needlessly churning this waste into the environment. I’m asking Coca-Cola to stop using plastic 6-pack rings on their products. As industry leaders, Coca-Cola must step up and commit to sustainable packaging that’s 100% biodegradable and compostable. No More Plastic 6-Pack Rings! Consumers Want Sustainable Packaging! #PlanetOrPlastic
Petition to The Walt Disney Company, Disney Channel, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, miley cyrus, selena gomez, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Brenda Song, bridgit mendler, Alyson Stoner, Emily osment
Disney Channel Stars: Reunite "Friends for Change" to Save the Oceans
This petition is to encourage Disney Channel Stars as well as the Walt Disney Company to reinstate the 'Friends for Change' initiative and to remake such songs as "Send It On", "Make A Wave", "We Can Change the World" with the original Disney 'Friends for Change' representatives in order to raise money for contemporary environmental issues that are within the scope of the original mission of the 'Friends for Change' initiative. Such issues include the reduction of plastics in the world's oceans, deforestation, reducing carbon emissions, and the protection of endangered species. We suggest that such iconic stars as the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, as well as others who sang in the original versions of these songs and participated in the original efforts of 'Friends for Change' reprise their roles both as singers and as role models for collective action. The issue of environmental action is more vital and more pressing than ever as time goes on and sea levels continue to rise. The voices of these celebrities have the power to make concrete, impactful change in the effort to reverse the choices we've made as a global community that have led to planet-wide climate change. Thank you for your time and attention and we hope that you will join us in asking Disney's 'Friends for Change' to reunite in the name of planet Earth. Send It On: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZhblJRs8Gs Make A Wave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP-VolAWP9s We Can Change the World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e8EQupSaiY