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Petition to Jeff Bezos, Jeff Bezos

Ban the use of non biodegradable plastics at Amazon

Non-biodegradable plastics pose a major threat to the environment and to public health when they are improperly disposed. These petroleum-based products contain toxins that can kill wildlife, and are leaching into our water supply and the air we breathe. Chemicals such as Bisphenol A, which is typically used as a resin for petroleum plastics, have been found to be carcinogenic,  recent necropsies performed on various marine life have led to the conclusion that close to a third had died after ingesting garbage that was mistaken for food. The overwhelming majority of this garbage, as evidenced by The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation earlier this year predicted there would be more plastic than fish   by 2050 unless urgent action was taken. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is so large you can see it from space. You, Jeff Bezos, must step up and be an example for our generation and future generations; our children and our grandchildren. I don't want to live in a world where the oceans are dead.  The spread of toxic chemicals from non-biodegradable plastics is killing animals all over the globe. A recent study found that among the 1.5 million Laysan albatrosses that inhabit the Pacific island of Midway, nearly a third of their chicks will die from ingesting plastic debris fed to them by their parents. In the ocean itself, these non-biodegradable plastics are being photodegraded instead into smaller and smaller pieces which are eventually consumed by zooplankton. Through these zooplankton, toxic chemicals from petroleum-based plastics then make their way up the food chain. Studies have also found that these floating, microscopic plastic particles can absorb organic pollutants from the seawater itself, thus trapping these pollutants in the food chain instead of allowing them to be expelled as they would naturally. Such pollutants, like DDT and various PCBs, can disrupt hormone functions  in marine life. Eventually, these numerous toxins will enter human bodies in the form of seafood dishes. They can also threaten human life by entering our water supply and the air around us. Consistent exposure to sunlight causes a process called outgassing, in which these various toxins are expelled into the air. If these plastics are located near local water supplies, these toxins can also make their way into surrounding soil and water. There are alternatives to using non-biodegradable plastics. Though some biodegradable alternatives like corn-based plastics have been found to produce hefty doses of methane as they degrade, there are other options. Hemp-based products, for example, actually trap dangerous greenhouse gases in their cells as they are cultivated. Whatever the solution may be, we certainly cannot continue using non-biodegradable plastics. I urge you to ban the use of non-biodegradable plastics for all products in the United States.    

Michelle Rivet
1,497 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Jim Wurm

Insinkerator: Please Take Back Your Garbage Disposal

When I bought my house, it came with an Insinkerator Badger 100, which worked well for about a year. Then, the motor broke. Since Insinkerator had their name all over it, I figured they wanted it back, but their customer service representative Jim told me to throw it in the garbage. I guess this means Insinkerator’s disposals are garbage. Garbage disposals are expensive, and I don’t think it’s fair of Insinkerator to charge people all that money for something they don’t even want themselves. So I asked Jim why Insinkerator doesn’t take back its disposals after they stop working, and he said he doesn’t know of any other manufacturer that does. I guess that means Insinkerator isn’t any different from its competitors. Every garbage disposal I’ve ever used has been an Insinkerator, starting with the one in my parents’ house when I was a kid. I always thought they were the industry leader, but it seems like they don’t do anything unless another company does it first. So I asked Jim how to get Insinkerator to stand by its products and take them back to refurbish or recycle. He said that a lot of consumers would have to ask them to do it. If you have a kitchen sink, you could be an Insinkerator customer. But why buy something that’s just going to stop working from a company that manufactures garbage? Don’t you want to buy from a responsible company that cares enough to create cradle-to-cradle products instead of stripping the planet of natural resources then piling more and more junk into landfills? Jim said that he would have to talk to people higher up than him to make something like this happen. So I found another Jim online--Jim Wurm--who is Insinkerator’s vice president and director of marketing, strategy, business and product development. That sounds pretty high up. Jim Wurm is a “dynamic, results-driven leader” and an “expert in discovering and launching new... markets and product lines,” as well as being “a visionary leader with a history of building winning teams that deliver innovative solutions to customers.” I want results. I want Insinkerator to discover a new market and launch a new product line. I want a visionary leader to deliver an innovative solution to us customers. If anybody can help with this, it has to be Jim Wurm! Please ask Jim Wurm to take back Insinkerator’s garbage disposal.

Erich Eilenberger
19 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Temple University, Endri Baduni, Aramark

Make Temple's Morgan Dining Hall More Eco-Friendly

Temple University can be proud of a lot-- Bob Saget went here, we have the coolest students, and were ranked #115 in National University’s Best College report-- but we definitely can’t brag about being a waste free campus. In Morgan Dining Hall, students are served single use plastic utensils, plates and cups. Temple University students and the members of Temple University’s Student for Environmental Action are looking for something to brag about. We are asking Aramark and Endri Baduni (Resident District Manager of Temple Dining Services) to find alternative solutions to single use plastics in Morgan Dining Hall. We know that these solutions are possible on campus because of sustainable dining practices available at Johnson and Hardwick's Esposito Dining Hall. Johnson and Hardwick composts all food waste produced in the dining hall: both pre- and post-consumer waste. Because Morgan Dining Hall only composts pre-consumer waste, hundreds of pounds of food waste mixed with plastic cutlery and china are being sent to the landfills. Temple University students prefer the eco-friendly options that J and H has to offer. We believe that Morgan Hall has the potential to be just as eco-friendly. Through this petition we are proving that this is an issue that Temple students are concerned and disappointed about, so sign below!   Interested in staying updated? Follow us on Facebook at

Temple University SEA
843 supporters