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sustainability

39 petitions

Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan, Diane Abbott, Meg Hillier, Jeanette Arnold, Phillip Glanville

London Ban - All Disposable / Single use plastic

No time to WASTE the FUTURE needs us!  Lets get London to the forefront of making a change for the PLANET. We must be an example to other places in the world, as California, France & India have, to name a few!    Ban All Disposable / Single use Plastic! There are so many alternatives, from reusable to biodegradable. Let's encourage consumers and companies to think about waste impact!  Of the 1.5m tonnes of recyclable plastic waste used by consumers, only 500,000 tonnes is recycled!  Plastics industry has just lobbied to lower recycling targets! Shocking news! Allowing producers of disposable plastic to do as they please.            REFUSE - REDUCE - REUSE - RECYCLE - REPURPOSE San Francisco enforced ban of plastic bags in 2007, which lead on to the rest of California following.   Irish plastic bag levy 2002 -  all money from the plastic bag tax goes directly to the environment ministry for use in enforcement and clean-up projects.  Dehli, India, ban of all disposable plastic items as of 2017!  France enforced law banning plastic bags in 2016 and by 2020 all cutlery, cups and plates.   UK introduce levy on plastic bags 2015   A simple introduction of 5p charge. UK usage of bags drop 85%             BAN  ALL PLASTIC BAGS & DISPOSABLE single use items.       The number of plastic bags handed out by supermarkets in England in 2014 rose to 7.64 billion - 200 million more than in 2013.   National plastic bag usage is on the DECLINE! This is positive! Imagine the IMPACT of the ban - if we start NOW!  It takes 100 years for plastic to breakdown Plastic is petroleum fossil fuel based Plastic is harmful to wildlife & it often ends up in the ocean Watch 'A Plastic Tide' if you have not already - plastic is strangling our oceans and entering the food chain. You can also join the Greenpeace Plastic Pledge   Please SIGN and SHARE the petition.  Thank you!

Erin Lally
12,735 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to UNESCO, United Nations, The British Council, CNN, BBC, Council of the European Union

Kenya's Kiondo Ownership

Meet Mama Rebecca, she started an all female run village in Kenya where she helps young women run away from FMG, abuse and all sorts. Only enlightened men are allowed in. The young women can have relationships outside of the village. They can bring their babies up inside the village and children from outside are welcomed in to be educated.The community survive from making handcrafted accessories to sell to tourist. The first time Mama Rebecca and I spoke she called me 'my daughter' , I was in tears because I needed her the last 6 years - as a young single mother in this sometimes very brutal world (despite the smile and crown I wear), I related, not just to the safety net, but to what Fashion and escaping in creativity meant to me    Before I became Miss Kenya and Miss East Africa UK. I had a dream to make it in the fashion industry and represent African Luxury. Before that, I was a little girl in Nairobi who got to see,touch and breath the magic sea of rural women who spent hours trailing to the city to sell or deliver accessories and handmade woven baskets. They take weeks to make. THE KIONDO:  is a social exchange among Kenyan's. We like to compare, compliment, tell stories about our pieces, because no one is the same. Isn't that the very language Luxury speaks? Current fashion trends are haunting me with woven baskets!  They originate from Kenya’s Kikuyu tribe. They wove huts in spiral cone shapes, signifying limitless connection in each layer. From the ground representing natural certainty, to the top, symbolic of spiritual and supernatural realities.  Traditionally made from stripping the Sisal plant, an extremely durable material that doesn’t need any pesticides, chemicals or fertilizers to grow. Kikuyu’s would dance and practice community rituals, socially organizing themselves to reflect the same shape as the Kiondo hut. Kikuyu women carry these as a chalice of complex symbolic, spiritual architype. It has kept their craft alive through local trade as Kenya’s national emblem, tailor made by rural women, SO NO ONE IS EVER THE SAME.  Now In the UK, I walk into high-street shops and pick up luxury handbags at department stores who are duplicating the Kiondo using leather and mass producing. But  I ask the representatives and search for labels hoping a leaflet falls out showing it was locally produced.  I was met with blank stares and  price tag nearly 500% more the price of an authentic Kiondo. The most expensive was approximately £1,700.  The Kiondo and The Kikoy (a traditional Kenyan cloth) are extremely popular and exported to western markets. My Issue is not brands re-designing the bag. My issue is not including the people, the heritage, the sacred techniques passed on for centuries which happen to be sustainable.  THIS IS DECIMATING LOCAL TRADE AND EXTREMELY TALENTED KENYAN ARTIST'S ARE HUNGRY!  The claim that a Japanese company has patented our old- age ancestral cloth the Kikoy is a controversial issue in Kenya. I found a British registered company The Kikoy Company which seems to have offices in Kenya. So many have ripped this cloth out of our hands and we have allowed it, see Louis Vuitton's version  Read this link: https://ipkenya.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/kiondos-kikoys-and-shukas-intellectual-property-protection-in-kenya/ HOPE FOR THE KIONDO.  Another British company tried to patent our old age basket and failed. But there does seem to be newly registered company 'Kiondo Limited' in April 2017. It is not clear what the company intends to trade.  That could make 2 of Kenya's national treasures, cultural heritage, possibly not owned by our people. We need to skill Kenyan creatives to compete globally and protect their innovations. Let's bring this conversation to the front, before it is too late.  Please sign the petition Kenyan's and lovers of Kenya. I've launched The Rural Retail Challenge: asking Fashion, Art and Luxury to include the stories, sustainable techniques and craftsmanship of native people, in design  Be the resolution. Support The Rural Retail:  www.theruralretail.com  Instagram @theruralretail   Thank you.   

Vicky Ngari-Wilson
2,881 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Lindsay Baker

Help make WeWork plastic free by the end of 2018

WeWork has made repeated public promises to use "zero plastic" yet their offices are filled with single-use plastic cups for water and beer.  WeWork’s website claims that they have already introduced compostable cups, but we spoke to over 50 WeWork members across the UK and Ireland and almost everyone reported that plastic cups are in use at their WeWork location. WeWork currently has over 250,000 global members across 21 countries. If each member uses just one cup per day, this means that over 3,500,000 plastic cups are being used at WeWork offices around the world each month. The story doesn’t stop there. According to WeWork’s own growth estimates, they will have 765,000 members by the end of 2022. If WeWork practices go unchanged, more members means a lot more plastic. If they grow at this projected rate while relying on single-use materials, then by 2022 WeWorkers would use 153,000,000 plastic cups per year.  WeWork has managed to innovate and grow at an incredible pace. The company was founded at a single location in New York in 2008 under the name Green Desk, but they quickly shed their environmental focus and prioritised fast growth and low costs. Today WeWork has offices in 90 cities and is valued at over $16 billion - the 11th most valuable start-up in the world. We believe that if WeWork is serious about their commitment to zero plastic, they have the resources and logistical firepower to eliminate plastic cups from their workspaces in a matter of weeks.  Sign the petition to help make WeWork plastic free by the end of 2018.  If new companies with young, educated customers don't lead the way, then who will? This campaign is being run by the #plasticpromises collaborative, a team of people working together to help businesses eliminate their plastic use.   *This is a very conservative estimate which is supported by the data collected when we surveyed over 50 London based WeWork members.**Photos were taken at WeWork Aldgate Tower, WeWork Tower Bridge and WeWork Southbank Central April - June 2018.

Plastic Promises Collaborative
778 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Manufacturers, Welsh Government, Supermarkets

Ban plastic carrier bags in Wales by 2020

Petitioning Welsh Parliament and Government to:Ban use of plastic bags in Wales by 2020 - why not lead the way for a change! Sue Hay, South Wales, United Kingdom Every single piece of plastic ever made, still exists. An extremely large amount of plastic bags will inevitably end up in our oceans, littering the floors and branches of our forests, killing both mammal and marine life alike. Plastic bags are responsible for the decline and extinction of thousands of species Worldwide. It is hard to recycle plastic bags.  By banning plastic bags we will be setting a global standard and example for the rest of this planet and leading from the front for a change! FACT: we never used plastic bags until 1960's. Plastic bags do not degrade in the marine environment. Plastic bags photo-degrade, meaning they break down into smaller and smaller bits of plastic but never completely go away. Marine animals, such as turtles, and seabirds - even some fish see these micro plastic particles floating in the water and think that it’s food. Plastic cannot be digested; thus the plastic blocks the digestive track and the turtle or bird dies from starvation because their food can’t be digested. It is estimated that over 267 species of seabirds have plastic in their bodies. Numerous studies have proven this fact. FACT: Plastic bags also kill our land animals in huge numbers. This means that no matter how far from the ocean that you live, an improperly disposed of plastic bag will eventually reach the ocean through our rivers or by the wind.  “Over 46,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating on every square mile of ocean today. In the Central Pacific, there are up to 6 pounds of marine litter to every pound of plankton”. That was in 2006, 11 years ago; imagine what the statistics are now. FACT: The introduction of he 5p charge in Wales in 2011 has reduced useage by 71% but it's not enough. FACT: There are other options. Plant based starch bags, or strong paper brown bag manufacturers offer an affordable, bio-degradable and environmentally friendly option to all. I am urging the Welsh Government, leading plastic bag distributors, and supermarkets to take action towards this disaster and stop it while we can. Thanks.  This petition will be delivered to: Welsh Government on reaching 10,000 signatures to Downing Street to be debated in parliament. I agree with this cause and believe Welsh Government is conscience enough to make this happen. Share with Facebook friends please to be part of the solution and not the problem!  

Thrive Magazine
28,808 supporters