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Update posted 5 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
14,867 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Nido R. Qubein

BAN single use plastic bottles from HPU kiosks

Last semester the ECO Team took a look inside trash bins around High Point University’s campus. The item that was most prominent was single-use plastic water bottles. When we say water bottles we are not talking about the aluminum, reusable ones sold in the book store. We’re talking about the bottles with purple labels found at kiosks outside around campus.  We are petitioning to ban, or at the very least reduce, the amount of these water bottles. These bottles are unnecessary because each building on campus has a water fountain and a station to refill a reusable water bottle. Every freshman is given a reusable HPU bottle included in tuition, so ideally this is a change that really should not have a negative impact on any of the students.  There is a time and place for single use plastics. The medical world needs single use plastics for sanitary reasons. Maybe High Point University needs single use plastics for the fall and spring concert or for guests touring the school on a hot day. High Point University does NOT need single use plastics every day. We are concerned with the mindset that having these easily accessible bottles of water plants in the minds of the students. It shapes the way someone thinks about single-use plastic and creates a dependency. One of the greatest things about saying no to single-use plastic is it forces one to be strategic and innovative. It also cultivates planning skills because to avoid single-use plastics, one has to think about all the forms single-use plastic takes throughout the day. Single-use plastics are also incredibly wasteful in terms of money. These water bottles must cost the university an inordinate amount of money and even reducing the amount purchased and distributed would mean a financial gain for the school.  Our plan is to completely take away these single use water bottles from all kiosks and encourage students to use the existing refill stations. There are many benefits that come along with using the water bottle refill stations. Cold water is available for anyone at any time, 24/7. In the past students who attend classes in the afternoon and evening did not have the luxury of kiosk water bottles anyway. High Point University would potentially save money in the long run. The zero-waste movement is being embraced by younger people. High Point University should promote its efforts in this area to show prospective students that we are taking steps to become more ECO friendly and show that we are a proactive university. Most importantly, banning these bottles from kiosks would greatly reduce our carbon footprint. Every year Americans consume 50 billion single use plastic bottles. Whether you like it or not this is a number that we are actively contributing to. As students, we ask that High Point University stops contributing to this number. Please take a stand to support this ban and protect our planet by signing this petition.

Olivia Waterman
788 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Target, Starbucks, Walmart, U.S Goverment

Help Us Ban Plastic, Bags, Straws, Etc.

You have probably heard this multiple times but here it is again, we NEED to make a change because by 2050 there will be more plastic waste than fish in the ocean! So here are some reasons why you should sign this petition.   Our planet is dying from all the plastic waste when you drink from plastic bottles or straws, the plastic can carry leachate which is toxic and can kill you also, plastic waste can be eaten by sea and land animals and when they eat the waste they think they're full when they are not and they starve to death and when we eat fish or any marine wildlife if the thing your eating once ate plastic then it could be toxic from the leachate But if all this is happening how can I help? You may ask well here are some ideas on how to help! You could: sign this petition to get more people to notice that we need to make a change use metal straws, paper straws, reusable bags, or paper bags, reusable water bottles, metal water bottles, Etc. and so many more! So if you're interested in saving our planet then research more about it. Still, don't believe me about all this? Then read this because this website is a known website and will give you a lot of info: Thank you to our inspiration Bye Bye Plastic Bags (BBPB) because you inspired us 10-year-olds to try and make a change and we believe we can! Thank you so much for reading this it truly means a lot so please with a few clicks sign this petition to help us achieve our goal. Thank you Image Source: Google Images

Owen Houser
383 supporters