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plastics waste

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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan, Mike Brown

Transport for London…Water for London!

Dear Sadiq Khan, Mayor for London and Mike Brown, Commissioner, Transport for London (TfL), We, the undersigned request that free, easily accessible and well promoted water bottle re-fill stations are installed across the TfL public transport network, including all TfL operated tube, train, Thames Clipper, bus and tram stations.  Free water bottle re-fill stations would have multiple benefits to London, including: - Promote healthier lifestyles by allowing passengers access to free drinking water, supporting existing summer overheating campaigns. - Save Londoners money that may otherwise be spent purchasing bottled water. - Normalise the culture of re-use and refilling of water bottles, reducing the proliferation of single-use plastic bottled water and associated pollution.   Single use plastic is wasteful, environmentally damaging and a growing problem - in particular, concerning London: - London consumes the greatest amount of plastic bottled water per capita compared to any other English region and London also has the worst recycling rates in the UK (London Assembly Environment Committee Report, April 2017). - 10% of all waste found in the Thames is plastic drink bottles and lids (Thames 21, 2017). - Tonnes of avoidable plastic waste is produced on a daily basis that needs to cleaned up, collected and disposed off, costing TfL and London Boroughs significant amounts of money. - Improving access to tap water across the TfL network is a key recommendation of the London Assembly Environment Committee report (April 2017), and a recommendation of the Keep Britain Tidy and Center for Social Innovation Research Report (April 2017) is to ‘Work with transport providers and hubs to improve access to free drinking water for the public when travelling’. - 65% of UK adults would not buy bottled water if tap water were freely available (Centre for Social innovation and Keep Britain Tidy, 2017)   We recognise that installation and maintenance of water bottle re-fill stations would come with a cost however we believe the potential money saving (for TfL, London Boroughs and Londoners) as well as the environmental and social benefits would make this a smart use of TfL resources. We look forward to hearing your response to this request and seeing water bottle re-fill stations appearing across the TfL network soon.    Notes: As noted in the Draft London Environment Strategy (August 2017 - currently out for consultation until 17th November 2017) ‘Plastic packaging not only litters London streets, but often finds its way into waterways and oceans, releasing toxic chemicals before breaking down – a process that can take centuries. London needs to reduce, reuse and recycle more… and to reduce London’s increasing waste bill as the city grows.’    This petition should also be considered as part of the response to the consultation to the strategy, showing the level of public support for refill stations to cut single use plastic use in London - specifically proposal 7.1.1b ‘The Mayor will support campaigns and initiatives to cut the use of single use packaging, including working with the GLA group to reduce plastic bottle sales and improve access to tap water on all our premises.’   Links & References: - Centre for Social Innovation Research & Keep Britain Tidy Report (April 2017): Understanding provision, usage and perceptions of free drinking water to the public in the UK   - London Assembly Environment Committee Report (April 2017): Bottled Water  - Draft London Environment Strategy (August 2017) consultation - #oneless campaign - Thames 21, Litter Monitoring Results 

William Routh
3,097 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Philip Morris International, Inc., Heineken, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Unilever PLC, Tyson Foods, Inc.

Reduce, Reuse, Reverse Amazon Prime Now Recycling Program - Demand it!

The Problem: Plastic. Our leftovers and waste are piling up in landfills around the world, harming not only ourselves, but all life on the planet. The Inspiration: A Facebook post by Olivia Jury, shared by Hannah Davis, that showed up on my feed -- but the real inspiration is this beautiful bird suffering inside of a plastic bag. It’s both heartbreaking and sickening. The Theory: While regulations and worldly awakenings will eventually make their way into every boardroom and kitchen...this will take too much time unless we can make recycling easy, prioritized, and collectively enacted in our society. Think about it, most modern communities are spoiled. We have same day, front door delivery on nearly anything we could ever want, all ordered and delivered with the push of a button or a single voice command. That said, does anyone think the upcoming generations, who are on a trajectory to be the most dependent on technology and convenience, are going to recycle if it requires a lot of effort? Sadly, we all know the answer is no. Why? Because we're not even doing a good job now. You and me, we can do this right now. We can make a difference on our Earth today so that other important aspects of change can become the topics of conversation and action for politicians, lawmakers, environmentalists, and social activists. Together we can change the world. The Path Forward: Get Amazon on board. This shouldn’t be too hard; they are a great company always looking to make a difference. They just need to see that we care enough to make a change. How do we do that? You can do your part by signing this petition!What does Amazon need to do? (a) Prime Now drivers and other Prime delivery carriers (where possible) start picking up small containers of recyclables each time they drop off packages. Drivers then turn these Amazon-branded bins in to the distribution center when picking up more packages. (b) Establish partnerships between Prime distribution centers and recycling centers to organize the larger recycling drop-offs and collections. (Wildcard: Maybe Amazon could even get into the recycling business?) (c) Determine the cost of everything up to this point and seek financial backing and support from larger corporations that are open to doing the right thing if it's easy enough. If we are unable to get the support of other businesses, this plan can still work because Amazon customers alone make up a demographic of 310 million people who buy and act! (d) Tell customers the story of Amazon’s commitment to recycling and ask that the members add a small price bump to the annual membership which will now include recycle bin pickup with Prime package delivery (or use another pricing model that the brains at Amazon figure out). Get the word out about the program and give the brands who stepped up to fund this great program all the credit they deserve! Publicize it everywhere. Prime memberships will climb, as will the reputation of some of the larger, supporting brands. Over time, we make a continuous difference for the global environment. Plastic and trash become less of an impact on our planet so that petitions like this are never needed for our future generations. Is anyone with me? Should Amazon make the biggest change to recycling yet?

Steven Gurley
27 supporters