plastic waste

113 petitions

Update posted 5 days 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
5,336 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

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:

Plastic Free Tri-Cities
1,220 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

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: Make A Wave: We Can Change the World:

Rikki Witt
17 supporters