Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, US Senate, US House of Representatives, EPA, Donald Trump, Stop&Shop, Walmart, Target, IGA, Ahold Delhaize, Costco, Kmart, PRICE CHOPPER, Big Y, Caraluzzi's , National Grocers Association, United Nations
Ban Plastic Bags in the US!
Every year, hundreds of plastic bags end up in landfills or the oceans. The plastic used in bags can take a 1000 years to decompose! These bags are wasteful and very harmful to the environment. Tell the US that plastic bags need to be banned. We can easily replace them with faster decomposing paper bags and reusable green bags. Here's what you can do: - Sign this petition - Use reusable bags - Write to your local grocery store chain and tell them to go paper - Write to your Senators and tell them to support a ban on plastic bags.
Petition to Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway
Ban Plastic Bags and Straws in Madison, WI
Support our City in banning harmful, unnecessary plastics!! We need to create a climate of change and gain control over our plastic usage!! Our environment is being overwhelmed by the use of unnecessary plastics and is literally drowning in them. It can take up to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose. Just take a look along our highways and cities in the Madison area. We would like to ban the distribution of single-use bags and plastic straws from restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, retail stores, and other small business establishments within the capital of Wisconsin. A lot of the pollution in Wisconsin is invisible and hard to see. We have microplastics and chemical particles that go into our lakes, streams, etc. that swallow up oxygen and kills the fish. The aquatic creatures may mistake these plastics as food which can clog up their digestive system-also leading to a rather unfortunate, yet preventable death. The plastics we use once are what effects the animal and plant life forever. There are safer alternatives that'll lead to a happy life for us and our environment. According to a rather recent post by National Geographic, only 9% of the plastic that's ever been produced has been recycled properly, meaning the rest is either in landfills, water sources, or littered throughout the natural environment where plastic doesn't belong. Our mass production era of plastics started only 6 decades ago, and we already have over 8 billion metric tons of plastic produced, and 91% of it not properly recycled. Our Earth's system cannot be prepared for this type of rapid increase, which is why it's seeping from waste systems into the oceans worldwide. 8 million tons of plastic gets dumped into the oceans annually. The average time span of plastic degradability takes 400 years, and most of it exists to this day. So far, 12% has incinerated from waste locations, meaning the vast majority ends up at the final stop-oceans. Due to our increase in plastic production, the environment can no longer manage the damage. But if we put limitations on the manufacturing, we will be able to grip control on plastic pollution along with other earth-friendly alternatives to plastic such as genetically modified corn plastic, polylactic acid that takes as little as 45 to 90 days to degrade.
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 European Commission
Sign this petition and tell the EU to ban microplastics in cosmetics!
It’s time for industry to clean up its act! In the coming months, the European Union will make a decision about regulating microplastics added to products. Please sign this petition to convince the European Union to ban all ‘intentionally added microplastics’ to cosmetics! Dear European Commission, As the leading body of governance in tackling the issue of single-use plastic, we urge you to consider a full ban on microplastic ingredients used in personal care products and cosmetics. Every time we shower or wash our hands or faces, an alarming number of microplastics are released into the environment. A recent test done on an anti-wrinkle cream from a popular brand, OLAZ, shows that a single 50ml jar contains up to 1.5 million particles of plastic. To put this into perspective, every time somebody uses this cream an estimated 90,000 plastic particles will end up on the skin and subsequently washed down the drain and into our ocean. Intentionally-added microplastics are widely used in shampoos, lotions, and make-up products and as such an obscene amount of plastic is released into the environment every day – and often with little or no consumer awareness about the impact of the products being used. This plastic epidemic is affecting all walks of life. There are now numerous studies that show that these small particles can travel up the food chain, meaning that from plankton to humans, everyone is consuming these tiny plastic particles. There is new evidence to show that the chemicals in plastic and plastic particles may cause cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, arthritis, impotency and might even harm the development of babies in the womb. We are worried that the implications could be much more severe than we can process right now, as new research continues to shine a light on the unexpected dangers of microplastics to the health of our world, but also to the health of human beings. We ask the European Union to be the pioneer in tackling the issue of ‘intentionally-added microplastics’ and lead this important movement by banning all micro- and nanoplastics in cosmetics & personal care products. As a leading governance body in the world you have the power to stop this growing threat to the health of our planet and ourselves. We hope that you will do the right thing. This petition is initiated by the BEAT THE MICROBEAD COALITION consisting 100 NGOs from around the world, powered by Plastic Soup Foundation.
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.
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
Petition to Walmart, Wegmans, Target, CVS Pharmacy, Rite-Aid
Help Us Bag the Plastic!
100 billion plastic bags. That's only how many plastic bags are used per year in the United States. We saw the horrible effects that plastic could do to our environment, and especially our nearby river, the Delaware River. We decided that we need to take action! We want to make a difference in our community, and help eliminate a source of plastic that is unnecessary: plastic bags. Help us tell some of our grocery vendors and pharmacies that we don't need plastic bags, and we can save millions of helpless animals.
Petition to Maggie Hassan, Jeanne Shaheen
Stop shipping container spills and prevent pollution
Right now, huge cargo ships are carrying five or six million shipping containers across the world’s oceans. These ships carry about ninety-five percent of the world’s consumer goods, and ninety-seven percent of all containers are made in China. About every hour, a container falls overboard and is never seen again. Ten percent of containers that go overboard are holding chemicals that are toxic to ocean life. Shipping containers can contain more than sixty thousand pounds of cargo and are filled with all types of items, like food, cars, clothes, or appliances. Most of these goods are made of plastic, packaged in plastic, and even the shipping container itself can be made from plastic. When a container falls off a ship, it eventually takes on enough water to sink to the seafloor, where it ruptures and releases the goods inside. Twenty-foot long containers can float up to fifty-seven days, while a forty-foot long container can float for three times as long. That gives companies enough time to go out and collect the container to prevent pollution. But shipping companies don’t clean them up. If these containers are not cleaned up, they cause a dangerous hazard to other ships and a danger to ocean life. In 1992, twenty thousand rubber ducks and other bath toys that were going from China to the U.S. fell into the ocean; the toys made it all the way to the Gulf of Maine. Shipping container pollution is what we are trying to prevent by making a law to make companies clean up the containers. The plastic that comes from shipping containers breaks up into tiny pieces and releases toxins into the water. The ocean’s plastic pollution problems come right back to us when debris washes up on beaches. This problem is not going away. On average, ten thousand of these shipping containers are lost each year, releasing even more plastic into our world’s oceans. Ten thousand missing containers represent millions in lost revenue for companies. Pollution is a huge issue and these lost shipping containers are contributing greatly to this issue. There are currently no laws holding shipping companies accountable for cargo spills (unless the spill is oil). Shipping companies leave the spilled goods to break down and pollute the ocean and do not get punished. Help us stop this issue by signing this petition to create a law that regulates how shipping companies secure their cargo and requires them to clean up spills. This petition was created by Zoe Gouin and Evelyn Wilkinson.