Petition to Dr Amy Khor
Anti-Plastic Petition, Singapore
Dear Dr Amy Khor Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, We issue this petition on World Environment Day with grave concern as to your recent comments regarding plastic bag usage, as reported in several news outlets including the Straits Times. We refer in particular to the absence of plans for a levy on plastic bags, or any meaningful legislation to curb the prodigious usage of them in our country. Singapore now stands with the ever-diminishing list of countries that avoid the critical issue of excessive plastic consumption. In this regard, we are sorry to say that Singapore stands on the wrong side of history. But this is something that you, in your role as Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, can address - not just for the good of your contemporaries, but also for all future generations. We face the prospect of a world weighed down by plastic - where the discovery of dead animals’ stomachs full of discarded plastic waste is the norm, not the exception. This is a world we cannot accept, and therefore which it is our responsibility to prevent. A plastic bag levy is a practical solution which will both draw attention to the often unthinking usage of multiple bags when fewer or none will do, whilst simultaneously generating revenue which can be used to develop alternative materials, recycling options, or even to promote other elements of the government’s environmental agenda. It makes little sense to avoid implementing a levy until an alternative material can be developed - this condemns our country and the surrounding region to potentially years more pollution on a vast scale, and is representative of nothing more than a policy void paired with permanent and harmful implications for the world. We must only look around us - to the many other countries in the world that have led from the front, for inspiring stories of how small changes can have powerful effects. In the UK, a 5 pence plastic bag levy led to an 83% drop in usage within one year. In Taiwan, an NT$1 charge for every plastic bag led to an 80% drop usage within a year. Australia achieved a 45% drop, Denmark a 60% drop - the list goes on, and on - and each example demonstrates that change is possible. Plastic bag usage is an addiction, and one that can be broken: For the good of all of us and all of the world around us. Dr Khor, you occupy a position of wisdom and responsibility within our government so we ask that you consider this when considering our petition. We ask that you look at not the short-term issues, but those of the long-term. In fifty years a generation will look back and wonder how people could so recklessly and persistently damage the world around them. And so we ask you to help us stand on the right side of history. This petition requests that you implement a levy on plastic bag usage, with a view to reducing overall usage of plastic bags in Singapore. We do not ask that you find an alternative, and thus we do not accept that a delay is necessary until an alternative can be found. Meaningful action can be taken now, and we ask that you take it. For those signing this petition, thank you for your action. Please leave your comments and stories below for Dr Amy Khor to read as well. Our voices must be heard. For more information on plastics, visit wwf.sg/uselessplastic Photo credit: National Geographic
Petition to Singapore Government, fairprice , Cold Storage, Giant, Corporations, RETAILERS, Supermarkets, groceries , lee hsien loong
Changing the distribution of Plastic bags to be more environmentally friendly
Problem : The Singapore Environment Council has released a study on plastic bag usage and wastage in the city-state. For a population of mere five million people, Singapore uses a staggering amount of three billion plastic bags a year. Effects of Plastic Bags on Environments : One of the greatest problems is that an estimated 300 million plastic bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone. These bags are very dangerous for sea life, especially those of the mammal variety. The environmental balance of the waterways is being thrown off by the rate of plastic bags finding their way into the mouths and intestinal tracts of sea mammals. Furthermore, the indefinite period of time that it takes for the average plastic bag to breakdown can be literally hundreds of years. We are facing a threat of global warming and the frightening fact that our oceans might collapse by 2048. That is in 31 years time. Solution : We want to propose to the mega corporations and stores that sells common goods such as Fairprice, giant , cold storage and even stores like Watson and guardian to take the same approach as IKEA to do away with disposable shopping bag -you have to either purchase a carrying bag or bring home the items without it. We understand that there will be concerns from people who will argue that they reuse their plastic bags as trash bags or to carry supplies. However, we'd like to raise the awareness that this does not reduce the damage that these disposable bags have on the environment. In fact, we want to propose the idea of bio-degradable trash bag to be mainstream in our society along with this solution. We acknowledge that this problem is multi-faceted and thus it is a complex issue to resolve but we do hope that by starting this petition, it will cause a ripple effect in our society to reconsider our decisions that could potentially harm our environment. Even though the solutions we propose might not seem possible at this rate, we want your support in order to alarm both the corporations and the government that the citizens of this green city are ready for a change to be a society that is more environmentally conscious and friendly. The change might be rash, even seen as impossible, but we believe that if we do not embrace change now, we are only heading towards the destruction of our own planet and species.
Petition to Wellcome , CitySuper , ParknShop
Wellcome: Stop Wrapping Our Produce In Plastic!
100,000 Signatures Needed! (+Cantonese)
The plastic pollution problem in Hong Kong and worldwide has reached horrendous levels, with our landfills coming close to capacity, our beaches being overrun with rubbish and our wildlife dying because of mistaking all of this waste for food. And this is just what we can see on the surface. Based on the research, it's pretty evident that our health is also being affected by the toxic nature of these plastics as it finds it's way into our soil and food chain. One of the biggest culprits to this epidemic is the unnecessary and harmful act of wrapping every single piece of produce in our Hong Kong grocery stores in some form of plastic. So many of us walk into these stores every single day and feel helpless because we DO NOT want to participate in the creation of more plastic waste, yet our resources for plastic-free produce, especially organic, are very limited. We are calling on the owner's of every single large grocery store chain in Hong Kong to stop the excessive and unnecessary use of plastic wrap and plastic containers for their produce. I know petitions like this have happened in the past, but we need to keep making our voices heard until change comes! Let's ROAR really loud with 100,000 signatures! I believe in you Hong Kong. We can make this happen together! 香港的塑料污染已達到一個非常嚴重的地步。 香港的堆填區快已填滿， 大部分的海灘被垃圾覆蓋和不同的野生動物都受到我們人類造成的影 響。但是，這只是在表面上來看。實際上，透過不同的研究， 我們發現原來塑料含有毒性的物質。 這樣會好大機會進入土壤和食物鏈，影響我們的大自然。 在香港裏，大部分的產品包裝都是利用不同形式的塑料， 這樣是導致塑料污染的最大元素。 好多人都是因為購物的時候會不知不覺的利用膠袋和看見塑料類的產 品。 但是我們是想採取不同的方法來減少塑料的用量和推薦用有機產品的 包裝。 我們希望香港大型雜貨連鎖店停止不必要和過度塑料的用量。 我們只需要十萬人的簽名， 希望可以透過這個機會來減輕現在污染問題。 我相信你們一斑有善和關心現在香港社會的市民。 我們一起來改變香港吧！
Petition to The Rt Hon Michael Gove
Top 10 UK retailers to switch to biodegradable packaging materials NOW!!!
Everyday we buy products packed in materials that are not biodegradable or recyclable. Packaging like this can only be tossed in the bin, and it ends up in landfills or in oceans. This waste is slowly poisoning the Earths underground and overground water channels, the soil, the air, plants and animals and us too. We are creating an impending disaster for ourselves by polluting the very environment we depend on for life! The retail giants that are responsible for creating the most waste need to step up and change their packaging to sustainable and biodegradable materials first, with others to follow. These biodegradable materials are already being produced and are readily available so why aren't they being used on a large scale ? The UK government needs to make laws to BAN retailers from using plastic and other packaging which is not biodegradable or recyclable. The actions we take now will determine our very immediate future, WE NEED TO MAKE THIS CHANGE NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!
Petition to LUSH, Mark Constantine
Lush to bring more of there Naked products to UK stores
I would like Lush to bring there naked products to the UK. Such as there cleansers like Herbalism, etc without pot, the deodorants, the new solid scrubs, naked dry shampoo and much more. I try to be create as little waste as I can and I try to use Lush’s Naked Products but some my routine as plastic in it. And I was appalled to see Lush has these products without packing but they are only available in Milan and Berlin in 2 exclusive stores. If Lush claims to be creating a plastic free resolution, then why are they only allowing these products to some people.
Petition to European, European Commission, HM Government
Ban plastic can yokes/collars from across Europe
Version française ci-dessousOur seas and hedges are full of discarded plastic. Too many animals are suffering due to the plastic yokes used to hold drinks containers together. There are numerous petitions calling for the end of plastic packaging, but some have already been rejected by HM Government. This petition specifically calls for the European Commission and HM Government to ban plastic yokes because of the harm and suffering that they are causing, and for manufacturers to use recyclable cardboard when packaging or selling multiples of more than one item. Every time that the Recycling wheelie bins are put out and the wind blows, we end up with plastic being scattered everywhere. Every time that a dustcart tips a wheelie bin when the wind is blowing, we end up with plastic being blown against kerbs, fences and hedges. Most windblown plastic ends up in ditches and hedges, or the sea. Bottles and containers might breakdown over time, but these yokes snare and harm animals. www.chickerell.info/unseen-litter Nos mers et haies sont pleines de plastique mis au rebut. Trop d'animaux souffrent en raison des colliers en plastique utilisés pour maintenir les canettes ensemble. Il y a de nombreuses pétitions demandant la fin des emballages en plastique, mais certaines ont déjà été rejetées par le gouvernement du Royaume Uni. Cette pétition demande en particulier à la Commission Européenne et au Gouvernement Britannique d'interdire les colliers en plastique en raison des dommages et des souffrances qu'ils provoquent, et de demander aux fabricants d'utiliser des cartons recyclable pour emballer et vendre des multiples d'un article. Chaque fois que les poubelles de recyclage sont sorties et que le vent souffle, il y a le plastique dispersé partout. Chaque fois qu'un camion du service de nettoiement fait basculer une poubelle à roulettes lorsque le vent souffle, nous finissons par souffler du plastique contre les bordures, les clôtures et les haies. La plupart des plastiques soufflés par le vent finissent dans les fossés et les haies, ou dans la mer. Les bouteilles et les contenants peuvent se détériorer au fil du temps, mais ces carcasses piègent et nuisent aux animaux. www.chickerell.info/unseen-litter
Petition to Starbucks
Stop Starbucks promoting/advertising their seasonal throwaway Red Cups for indoor use.
Starbucks has issued their 'Red Cup' seasonal graphics for reward customers. The images have been sent to reward card or app users which demonstrates the use of their 'Red Cup' being used inside. The images show three different settings of customers using red paper cups inside with the plastic lid on top.This causes a huge concern as #plasticpollution is one of the most important environmental issues our world is facing. The new Greenpeace report stated that between 1950-2015 only 9% of the world's plastic was recycled and single use of plastic is increasing each year. Greenpeace also projects plastic use will quadruple by 2050 if we continue as we are. https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/pictures-plastic-pollution-pandemic/ Starbucks is a huge influential brand and it is irresponsible to issue these images and promote single-use plastic and paper waste for the sake of Christmas promotion. Starbucks have issued Christmas reusable cups which would create traffic into their stores. Please stop promoting this single use economy! If you feel the same as I do, please sign the petition :)!
Petition to Theresa May MP, Arcadia group
Reduction of plastics in clothes and excessive packaging
Having bought things online I’ve found excessive amounts of packaging which are simply unnecessary particulalry because the product already negatitively impacts the environment due to the air miles and fuel consumption it requires for shipping. Further more, too many clothes are made from plastics despite their advantages such as being flexible and durable, surely the warnings from the un explaining that we only have 12 years until global warming kicks in proves that we shouldn’t carry on consuming plastic.