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pollution

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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
14,245 supporters