plastic waste

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Petition to Jeff Bezos, Jeff Bezos

Ban the use of non biodegradable plastics at Amazon

Non-biodegradable plastics pose very real threats to the environment and to public health. These petroleum-based products contain toxins that kill wildlife, leach into our water supplies, and are released into the air we breathe. Chemicals such as Bisphenol A, which is used in the form of a resin for most petroleum plastics, have been found to be carcinogenic. Moreover, recent necropsies performed on various marine life have determined that close to a third of them had died after ingesting garbage that was mistaken for food. The overwhelming majority of this garbage, as evidenced by The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation earlier this year predicted there would be more plastic than fish by 2050 unless urgent action was taken. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is so large you can see it from space. You,  Jeff Bezos, must step up and be an example for our generation and the future for your kids. I don't want to live in a world were our oceans are dead.  The spread of toxic chemicals from non-biodegradable plastics is killing animals all over the globe. A recent study found that among the 1.5 million Laysan albatrosses that inhabit the Pacific island of Midway, nearly a third of their chicks will die from ingesting plastic debris fed to them by their parents. In the ocean itself, these non-biodegradable plastics are being photodegraded instead into smaller and smaller pieces which are eventually consumed by zooplankton. Through these zooplankton, toxic chemicals from petroleum-based plastics then make their way up the food chain. Studies have also found that these floating, microscopic plastic particles can absorb organic pollutants from the seawater itself, thus trapping these pollutants in the food chain instead of allowing them to be expelled as they would be naturally. Such pollutants, like DDT and various PCBs, can disrupt hormone functioning in marine life. Eventually, these numerous toxins will enter human bodies in the form of seafood dishes. They can also threaten human life by entering our water supplies and the air around us. Consistent exposure to sunlight causes a process called outgassing, in which these various toxins are expelled into the air. If these plastics are located near local water supplies, these toxins can also make their way into surrounding soil and water. There are alternatives to using non-biodegradable plastics. Though some biodegradable alternatives like corn-based plastics have been found to produce hefty doses of methane as they degrade, there are other options. Hemp-based products, for example, actually trap dangerous greenhouse gases in their cells as they are cultivated. Whatever the solution may be, we certainly cannot continue using non-biodegradable plastics. You have needs to ban the use of non-biodegradable plastics for all products in the United States. PETITION LETTER: Dear Jeff Bezos  Non-biodegradable plastics are harming the environment and public health. The havoc these products wreak on wildlife eventually makes its way up the food chain to humans as well. Moreover, the toxins that harm animals are also being released into our water supplies and into the air we breathe. It’s time we ban non-biodegradable plastics to protect animals and to protect ourselves. There are real alternatives to non-biodegradable plastics. The excuse offered by many companies, that these alternatives are too expensive, does not hold up. Putting profit over the environment and public health should not be acceptable any longer. We need to change the way we think about industry when it comes to the environment and public health. Since 2009, Amazon customers have submitted 33 million packaging-related comments, ratings, and photographs to the company, according to the New York Times about the excess use in plastics and concerns for the environment.  Sixty four percent of Americans have Prime. You could significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste. The overwhelming majority of this garbage, as evidenced by The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation earlier this year predicted there would be more plastic than fish by 2050 unless urgent action was taken. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is so large you can see it from space. You, Jeff Bezos, must step up and be an example for our generation and the future for your kids. I don't want to live in a world were our oceans are dead.  I urge you to step up for environmental safety and public health by banning the use of non-biodegradable plastics for all or your products and shipping. Sincerely, The Future

Michelle Rivet
1,398 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Josh Frydenberg MP

Ban Plastic Straws in Australia - The Last Straw

"Every piece of plastic created still exists in the world today." Without our planet, we as a species would not exist today. Without our planet in the future we will cease to exist. "Plastic waste in the ocean is responsible for the death of over 100,000 sea mammals and one million seabirds every year. Not to mention plastic waste leads to the contamination of fish used for human consumption through the ingestion of micro plastics and toxins." - Under The Ocean Over 10 millions plastic straws are used in Australia each and every day, contributing to the estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic in our oceans today. By 2050 experts estimate there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Plastic Straws, much like plastic bags that have already been banned, have viable alternatives that are eco-friendly and do not harm the planet and ocean.  We have all experienced that moment where we sit down at a restaurant and out comes a glass of water with a plastic straw in it. Why!? In most hospitality venues we enter in Australia, we are given a straw without any thought attached to it.  It is time to make a CHANGE, take a stand and BAN plastic straws from our country altogether. WHAT YOU CAN DO:  Please do your part as an individual, sign the petition and SHARE with your friends requesting they do the same. We need to collectively take action to make an impact. Say "No plastic" when you are at a restaurant. Refuse to use plastic straws and spread awareness.  This petition was created by Alexander Waters - an everyday Australian who is fighting for change.  

Alexander Waters
376 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Francesca DeBiase


First, I want to start by saying that I'm aware McDonald's Corp. has a plan of action to recycle in all stores by 2025 (Thank you!). I understand that recycling is a systemic, operational issue, full of logistics when implemented on this scale- and will take a long while. This is why I think the solution of biodegradable cup lids are a solution that can be utilized right away, and should be. Plastic. It's killing the ocean, pure and simple. A google search will provide you with more information that you can possibly ingest in the meager time you have and I'm sure you are aware of it.  As the  Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, you've done an amazing job of organizing a recycling plan. While sipping a hot drink at a hotel chain recently, I looked down and noticed the lid. And it spawned this idea. I was surprised that the concept of the use of hot drink lids on cold drinks hasn't been considered.  You may be aware of a product called Ecolid. I'm sure it is one of several viable alternatives to the typical plastic lid. What may not have been considered is that it is also a viable alternative to the plastic straw. In the case of both hot and cold drinks, with the possible exception of milkshakes, the renewable, compostable EcoLid® is all you need.  This lid, or another like it could drastically cut down on plastic waste, as well as fulfilling three inventory product purchases with one product (hot drink/cold drink lids and straws), reducing cost of operation as well as reducing waste in several areas besides recycling. In addition, if someone really needs a straw, one can be inserted in the opening on the lid. Due to the sheer size of McDonalds, your company should be able to manage a price point on these lids that makes them profitable to use, especially when you factor in the drastic reduction in straws and lids purchased and used. Your example of using such a lid could signal a benchmark to other restaurant chains. They degrade, so no matter what consumers do with them, they will eventually go away. That is the goal- to reduce plastic waste. I think the Ecolid is a viable solution. There is another material being utilized in six-pack rings that is edible by sea creatures in the event it makes its way to the ocean. It's another option. I am asking you to consider it, and more than that:  I am asking you to figure out how to make it work. McDonalds has considerable buying power, and can make a huge difference based on the sheer number of drinks purchased by customers on any given day. If the numbers don't work at first glance, please figure out how to make them work. Negotiate, use leverage. I don't work for that company, and have nothing to gain except a happier ocean. If there is another lid that does the same job and is more feasible to use, I'm for that too.  Together, McDonalds and its customers can make a difference. The ocean can't wait 7 years. 1. 2.

Marlena Montaney
161 supporters