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plastic waste

123 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

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

Dear Panda Express: Stop Giving Out 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
15,259 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line, Plastic Straws Pollute Our Oceans. Stop Using Them on Your Ships!

These days, you are much more likely to find plastic on the beach than a message in a bottle. Plastic is clogging our oceans at an alarming rate. In fact, the problem is so big that according to some studies, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Many plastic products like the plastic straw — a largely unnecessary drink accessory — are used just once before they are sent to the dumps or end up in our seas. But more and more, companies are trying to do something to cut down on plastic waste. After Carnival, P&O Cruises, and Cunard all banned plastic straws, Royal Caribbean did the same. The cruise line became the latest company to say #strawssuck. The company has pledged to be plastic straw free by the end of the year. Additionally, they will also stop using other plastic items such as bags, cups and condiment packets by 2019. Now that nearly all of the major cruise lines have decided to say "bon voyage" to single-use plastic items, those of us that are concerned with our environment are asking, when will Disney Cruise Line (DCL) do the same? Small steps made by many companies can have a big impact. When market leaders decide to take a stand against plastic it can help encourage others in the industry to do the same. In order to tackle plastic pollution, we must all play our part. It's time for DCL to play theirs. Please sign the petition and ask Disney Cruise Lines to stop using plastic straws and other single-use plastic items on their cruises.                                               Can you chip in $5 to get this petition on the agenda?Within an hour, this petition could have thousands more supporters if everyone chipped in the price of a coffee. Can you help reach this petition’s signature goal?Yes, I’ll chip in $5 or moreNo, I’ll share instead

Save The Earth
2,837 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Trader Joe's

TRADER JOE'S, Please Stop Using Plastic in Produce Packaging

Hi, Trader Joe's, Please stop using plastic for your produce (vegetables and fruits).  Our Earth has become a more polluted place. The problems that plastic adds to all life and our planet are countless. There are already over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans, which is the equivalent to one garbage truck worth of plastic entering the ocean every minute. Even on land, animals can die by having too much plastic in their bodies. The more plastic we put on the ground and in our bodies of water, the worse it is for all life on this planet. There are so many videos proving this, such as the turtle with the plastic straw in its nose, or the birds stuck in floating fishing nets, or the seal who had a plastic bottle in its mouth. These animals were saved because of the people who cared about them, but at some point, the number of animals in this position will overwhelm the people who save them to where they won't be able to save all of the animals in need. Plastic pollution is destroying our oceans. Plastic pollution is harming turtles, whales, fish, and every part of the ocean food chain. We are proud of the commitment you have made, but we want you to stop using plastic in all of your produce packagings. We feel that is a goal that is achievable by your company in a relatively short amount of time, since produce are typically sourced from local farmers and have a shorter shelf life. Because of this shorter shelf life, people buy them faster, which removes the need for wrapping the produce in plastic in the first place.   This article voices other's opinions: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/enterthefray/la-ol-trader-joes-plastic-packaging-20190411-story.html   Please join the cause by minimizing your usage of plastic and switching to a healthier alternative. Help us achieve a cleaner and safer planet.    Thank you,   Swaraag Sistla

Swaraag Sistla
355 supporters