Petition Tag - plastic

1. Stop the plastic “reusable bags" in Hawaii

On July 1 2015, the country applauded Hawaii for being the first state in the country to enforce a plastic bag ban.

The next day, some shoppers in the City and County of Honolulu — where nearly 70 percent of the state’s population lives — were given free “reusable bags,” like the one on picture, at checkout

If it looks like the bag is made of plastic, that’s because it is. And, according to experts, these thicker, “reusable” bags are actually worse for the environment than the flimsy, single-use bags used before the ban.

The City and County of Honolulu’s law allows “reusable bags” as an exception to the ban, defining them as “a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse” and is made of durable materials, “including plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick.”

Plastic in general is produced out of the raw material of oil. So if they're producing a thicker material versus a thinner, naturally, it’s going to take more of that resource than it did when they were making the thinner bags.

They were trying to target the most wasteful of all: plastic bags, but we need to redefine the term ‘reusable bag’ [in the ordinance] so that it does not include plastic.

2. REDMART: Please Help To Save The Environment

Do you realise that every time the Redmart delivery person offloads his trolley, he will hand you one plastic bag after another and another...and another?

Almost every item is packed in individual strong and large-sized plastic bags. Even items from the same category are often packed in separate bags when they can easily combined. For orders around $100, i can easily get 5 to 7 plastic bags.

Sometimes, they will even give you a box filled with plastic bags of goods. The delivery person does not accept the plastic bags to re-use as well.

We do not need to look far to find appalling facts on how the excessive use of plastics have irreversibly damaged our precious marine life and ecosystems.

3. Ban use of plastic bags in Singapore - Save the environment!

Situation:
- The use of plastic bags in supermarkets and malls in Singapore is appalling, to say the least.
- The use of disposable plates and cups is unprecedented

Complication:
- ~500billion- 1 trillion plastic bags are used per year (2 million bags per minute) leading to death of atleast 1 million sea birds and 100,000+ mammals EACH year
- There are other multiple adverse affects such as spread of diseases, floods, plastic ingestion amongst others
- The largest opposition to the ban of plastic bags comes from the petroleum and plastics industries, and ofcourse, consumers who don't want to change their habits

Resolution:
- BAN: France and some parts of India have recently banned the use of plastic bags and disposable bottles/cups/plates. Pros: Immediate effect, high compliance of laws in Singapore. Cons: Consumer mindset, high cost to set up the ban in the short run but there are long term benefits
- IMPOSE TAX: Countries like Ireland and Denmark impose a tax on plastic bags, In Denmark, the tax led to 60% reduction in usage of bags. Pros: Change seen at a consumer level, low cost. Cons: might face initial resistance as tax will be collected directly from the consumer
- BIODEGRADABLE BAGS: A few South American countries use biodegradable bags - can slowly start introducing these in the market, thereby cutting down the usage of plastic.

4. Coastal Cleanup Conservation: Deposit Return for plastic bottles

Hiking the coast of South Africa has provided damning evidence of the extent of marine debris, and in most cases in remote places inaccessible by vehicle. The majority being plastic bottles. Regular coastal cleanups take place but NOT everywhere.

5. STOP DUMPING PLASTIC IN OUR OCEANS

Of all the plastic we can see floating on the surface of the ocean it is only 5 percent of all the plastic trash dumped into the sea. The Ocean Conservancy, a US environmental nonprofit says that the other 95 percent is submerged beneath, where it strangles underwater creatures and wrecks the aquatic ecosystem. This is not okay.

6. Ban Plastic Bags in India

In many countries of the world, there has been a phase-out of lightweight plastic bags. Single-use plastic shopping bags, commonly made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, have traditionally been given free to customers by stores when purchasing goods—a popular method considered a strong, cheap, and hygienic way of transporting items. Problems associated with plastic bags include use of non-renewable resources (such as crude oil, gas and coal), disposal, and environmental impacts.
Governments all over the world have taken action to ban the sale of lightweight bags, charge customers for lightweight bags and/or generate taxes from the stores who sell them. The Bangladesh government was the first to do so in 2002, imposing a total ban on the bag. Such a ban has also been applied in countries such as Rwanda, China, Taiwan and Macedonia. Some countries in Western Europe impose a fee per bag. Bans, partial bans, and fees have been enacted by some local jurisdictions in North America, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Myanmar. Concurrently with the reduction in lightweight plastic bags, shops have introduced reusable non plastic shopping bags. Even when disposed of properly, they take many years to decompose and break down, generating large amounts of garbage over long periods of time. If not disposed of properly the bags can pollute waterways, clog sewers and have been found in oceans affecting the habitat of animals and marine creatures.
Petroleum is used to produce plastic bags. A car would be able to drive 11 metres on the amount of petroleum used to make a plastic bag. Two primary kinds of direct damage to wildlife are entanglement and ingestion. Wildlife animals or birds can become entangled. When the animals or birds are entangled they drown or cannot fly due to entanglement. In India our landfills are choked with plastic bags creating a crunch for more space for dumping grounds. Our storm water drains are threatened to explode during heavy monsoons due to plastic bags blocking the drainage system. We need to get our Government to ban plastic bags in India totally and put a fine on any one using plastic bags.

7. Ban Dangerous Microplastics

We are asking for a ban on micro plastics. While there is a United States ban on micro beads, micro plastics are still used in products like synthetic fleece. Micro plastics are a house hold item.

Micro plastics are linked to Cancer, Brain Deterioration, Type Two Diabetes, and Obesity. More than a quarter of fish have micro plastics in them, causing people and animals that eat fish, to get sick or harmed. The cycle starts when people put micro plastics into the ocean, then the zooplankton eats the micro plastics. After that, the bigger fish would eat the smaller fish that ate the zooplankton, then humans eat the big fish. Then that is the end of the cycle until we put more micro plastics into the ocean. Cancer is the second leading cause of death and Diabetes is the seventh leading cause, which means that micro plastics caused some of these deaths.

Written By Parkway School's Robotics Club

Information found at the following cites:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/04/pesky-plastic-the-true-harm-of-microplastics-in-the-oceans/

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/microplastics-microbeads-ocean-sea-serious-health-risks-united-nations-warns-a7041036.html

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

8. Greener Starbucks and Happier Customers

Take initiative.

Starbucks: the extremely well-known coffee company.


Starbucks is always there to help you stay up in the morning or night by lending you a delightful cup of coffee. It's always there for you if you're in need for a place to hold a meeting. Or to even have study sessions. It's there if you plainly need a pleasant break from work. Starbucks is an excellent company. Though it still does have some flaws. Flaws that, unfortunately, are affecting other forms of life besides humans.

As many of you know, the amazing Starbucks' drinks come in two types of cups: plastic and paper. You may think, "Yup, and they're both recyclable!" Though, the problem is this: Only the plastic cups are recyclable. The paper cups tell a different story.



Have you ever wondered how the paper cups don't leak? Or how it doesn't burn your hand while holding the hot content? How is this possible considering the cups are made of paper?


The inside of a Starbucks paper cup is covered with plastic, which allows it to hold in liquid and not have any sort of leakage. It also helps to not burn your hand, the plastic lining acting as a protective barrier. You may think, "Great! It kills 2 birds with 1 stone!", but this is where the problem comes along. In only a handful of cities will the paper cups be accepted for recycling for the same plastic lining.



The plastic can gum up the recycling machines. This being said, most recycling companies won’t process the cups at all to avoid the time and trouble. So what does happen to all those millions of plastic-lined coffee cups that are in the recycling bins in the Starbucks' stores? They will be separated from the other recyclable materials and sent to a landfill. What happens to all those cups that don't even end up in a trash can? They can pollute our water, be ingested by animals, etc.

SO THIS IS WHAT STARBUCKS NEEDS TO DO.

Starbucks has tried offering inexpensive reusable cups for customers who don't bring their own mug AND reward customers who DO bring their own mug. But the company’s efforts have never been strong enough to move coffee drinkers. A discount of 10 cents is not going to get many people participating. They need to raise the discount and inform about the discount on social media (at least once a week )!

They need to persuade more people into bringing their own mugs. This can be done by publicly announcing through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at the stores about the discount more often. Starbucks also needs to think of ways people WILL WANT to bring a cup. In other words, a 10 cent discount will most likely not do. Once a number of people start bringing their own mugs, a chain reaction will occur, the less amount of paper cups will need to be created and the environment will benefit.

9. Ban Plastic Bags in Mississippi

Plastic not only litters our beaches and makes for a lot of clean up, it also harms our environment and wildlife. Plastic bags contain materials that are toxic to the environment and take a long period of time to biodegrade.

Plastic bags can also entangle or choke fish, turtles, birds, and other animals that mistake plastic for food. Their lack of re-usability creates excessive waste of valuable materials such as natural gas and petroleum.

By banning single-use disposable plastic bags from being distributed by businesses, Mississippi can promote the reduction of plastic waste, endorsing environmental conservation, not only helping our wildlife, but helping our beaches stay beautiful!

10. Say NO to plastic bags

I am sure you all know about Dry July, but do you know about Plastic Free July?

11. @PortofHamburg @bmub -Stop the plastic threat in the north sea

Whales that starve with a full stomach because they have eaten indigestible plastic sheeting, seabirds strangled in the steep walls of Heligoland, seals with centimeter deep wounds by plastic waste, which cut them deeper and deeper into the flesh.

Plastic is durable, but in the course of time it is porous and disintegrates into smaller and smaller fragments. In addition micro plastic from cosmetics and cleaning products, via the sewage flows into rivers and oceans. The often invisible, tiny plastic parts swim long since in almost all waters and they attract toxins.

Micro plastics are entering the food chain. Researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute have an inventory of the Baltic and North Sea: In the North Sea already there are plastic carpets from microscopic particles. And they find their way into fish and crabs. The micro plastic thus enters the food chain and therefore place humans at risk.

Often plastic waste is so small that you can see it only under a microscope. From the sea, the so-called micro plastic spreads through the food chain and through the air to man. Scientists are alarmed: "We can assume that micro Plastics are now to be found everywhere in the atmosphere," says Emeritus Professor Gerd love life of the Carl-von-Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. The expert for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine has been detecting microscopically small plastic balls in honey and rainwater.

The Federal Environmental Agency defines plastic parts with a size of less than five millimeters as micro plastic. It comes from several sources: In the sea of discarded plastic garbage decomposes over decades and even centuries often in microscopic parts.

One problem is also fishing nets made ​​of plastic that are left behind in the water. Some manufacturers use plastic beads in personal care products, such as shower gels, scrubs and toothpastes.

Most are grinding and abrasive particles to ensure a better cleaning. Many textiles, such as fleece jackets are made ​​of plastic - usually made ​​from recycled PET bottles. Per wash is about 2,000 plastic fibers are replacing, estimates the environmental group WWF. micro plastic absorbs harmful substances from the sea, for example, traces of fire protection products, insecticides, dyes and organic chlorine compounds. Many of the substances are suspected to be carcinogenic or hormonal effects.

"This is a ticking time bomb," says Rolf Buschmann from the federal government for environmental and nature conservation (BUND). Scientific evidence for diseases caused by micro plastic humans did not exist. Experiments on mussels have shown that the particles become embedded in the tissue. This causes inflammation.

12. Ban Glass Bottles in Bristol Bars and Clubs

On the 27th of July 2014 at around 2am in a bar on Park Street in Bristol called Antix, Sean Finnegan was hit around the side of his face with glass bottle in an unprovoked attack which has left him blinded in his left eye and scars to his face. If the bottle had hit lower it would have cut his throat and he would not be here today.

Many venues in Bristol and around the UK only sell plastic bottles, and most bars and clubs in Bristol have plastic glasses, in order to prevent such attacks. All bars and clubs in Bristol should only sell plastic bottles, and if this was the case on the 27th of July, Sean would still have sight in both eyes.

Please sign this petition that urges the Bristol City Council to step forward and ban glass bottles from being sold in clubs and bars in Bristol so another person doesn’t have to go through the life changing injuries that Sean has been forced to.

Take action today.

13. Ban the Bottle SAHS April 4, 2014

Plastic water bottles cause harm to human and environmental health. First of all, human health is affected from plastic chemicals that leach into the water which are known to cause cancer.

Also, environmental health is affected when plastic water bottles are not recycled. In fact, five out of six plastic water bottles are not properly recycled which find their way into landfills or the ocean. Ocean garbage patches have been a result of this problem which are impossible to clean up and the plastic toxins find its way into the food chain.

There is a countless list of problems surrounding plastic water bottles, the worst part is that companies have tricked you into thinking that consuming their water is “cleaner” and more “pure” than water that comes from the tap. The truth is, many bottled water companies simply bottle tap water. That means you're paying for something that you already have for free. Other companies are pumping natural spring water which is already a limited resource.

In some cases plastic water bottles have provided relief to people who lack access to clean water or have suffered from a natural disaster, which is important, but the over consumption of plastic water bottles in everyday life is unnecessary.

Tap water is a safe, healthy choice closely regulated by the EPA and purified by your local water treatment facility. The quality and safety of the water is thoroughly tested many times per day and is virtually free. Drinking tap water and using a reusable bottle is better for your health and is environmentally sustainable. Keep plastic out of our landfills and oceans, cut down on your carbon footprint and choose against the privatizing of our water resources by banning the disposable water bottle from you life, and especially on April 4th.

14. Ban Single use plastic bags in Barbados

15. Help regulate Cosmetic Surgery

Did you know -

To become a Plastic surgeon, you need to have, not only completed a medical degree, but an additional 8-10 years in post-graduate surgical training. Two to five of these years are spent in general surgical training and a further four years in specialty plastic and cosmetic surgery training.

This in-depth and lengthy training in Plastic surgery culminates in a qualification called the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).

It is important to know that only qualified Plastic Surgeons can then become a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).

Becoming a cosmetic surgeon -

In order to call yourself a cosmetic surgeon, all you need to do is to have a basic medical degree. There are no legal requirements for doctors to train in surgery and call themselves a’ surgeon’, and there are many untrained doctors performing breast operations, and liposuction.

The general public have the right to be treated by only the most qualified of Plastic Surgeons. Regulation needs to happen NOW!

16. Reduce our usage of Plastic!

Plastic has become an increasing problem in the US over the past decade. Since 2007, Americans have been using 5 pounds of plastic everyday. All of this plastic waste is overwhelming our earth. In fact, 90% of the ocean floor is covered with plastic.

The Great Garbage Patch, (a floating mass of trash in the Pacific Ocean) is 25% plastic - that's 46,000 pounds of debris. There is so much plastic in the ocean that it outweighs the amount of plankton by 6:1.

Plastic pollution needs to be stopped before it does any more damage to the environment.

17. Get water bottle companies to publish their bottled water quality and detailed info about their sources

Many water bottle companies make profits by selling their water bottles. The reason: people think that they are more pure than water that comes from the tap and it has the impression that it is better.

However, studies have shown that water bottles can have traces of bacteria and arsenic. Many bottled water companies fail to have a bottled water company report in order for the general public to see what their water is really like.

We should also enforce water bottle companies to publish their sources. Some water bottle companies like Dasani and Aquafina take tap water and purify it. It is a waste of money to buy water that is essentially the same as it is from your kitchen sink.

Water bottled companies should be more controlled, the citizens of the U.S.A have a right to know!

18. Ban Plastic Bags in La Jolla!

Help raise awareness of plastic and how it effects our environment!

Los Angeles County has been the first county in California to ban plastic bags, so why can't San Diego or specifically La Jolla?

We live in such a BEAUTIFUL beach community and it's sad to see our local markets using plastic bags!

Help the oceans and ban plastic bags!

19. Stop Allowing Schools to Purchase Plastic Water Bottles & insert Hydration Refill Stations

By signing this petition you would be helping the city of St.Louis save thousands of plastic bottles per month per school from being used.

Here's why thats important:
-Plastic bottles hurt the environment
-Up to 70% of plastic bottles go to the landfill and do not get recycled
-Alot of plastic bottles end up in our streams and oceans
-Several studies have been done where plastics have been found in the digestive tracts of sea creatures
-Americans consume enough plastic bottles in one year to circle the globe 5 times
-Schools that have inserted hydration stations have saved up to 7 thousand bottles from being purchased in one month

St.Louis has been named one of the top cities in the United States with clean, good tasting tap water. By stop the selling of plastic bottles in schools and inserting hydration stations you will be benefiting the schools, the children and the community from excess waste.

I believe that if the schools supplied bottles for sale for the hydration stations that the station will eventually pay for itself.

20. Stop Unwanted Unnecessary Packaging

Do you find that when you go to the supermarkets and shops that packaging could be minimised?

Bananas in packed in plastic bags for instance, or Herbal tea bags individually wrapped, fruit wrapped in cardboard and hard plastic (special (posh?) packs of 2 or 4 fruits) Tetra packs!

And so many more unnecessary packages, I am just naming a few.

21. Make biodegradable plastic bags mandatory

Plastic bags are a heavily consumed product of the non-renewable resource petroleum, when they break down they pollute the sea, the earth, the crops and the animals. Animals can think they are food and choke and die, or have them trapped in their digestive system. It is far from a painless death.

Plastic bags take many years to biodegrade, they are a danger to the health of humans and animals alike. Sign to keep the Canadian environment pristine, beautiful and safe for all life.

We need to get rid of these harmful plastic bags that fill up our precious landscape with landfills. It would make a very significant, positive difference to make biodegradable plastic bags mandatory.

22. Ban the use of plastic bags on O'ahu

In the amount of time it will take to read this petition 60,000 bags are used in the United States alone.
All over the world countries and states are adopting the ban of plastic bags.

If this ban is not put in place we can look forward to:

1) More toxins being leaked from the bags into the ground water and oceans.

2) Our beaches and streets filling up with more litter.

3) An estimated 12,000,000 barrels of non-renewable petroleum oil used in the production of the plastic bags.

4) $500,000,000 USD wasted on bags which could be used towards green energy or public schools.

5) The 10 million ton great pacific garbage patch increasing as the bags are broken up into nodules and float in our oceans.

6) Over 100,000 marine animals dead from mistaken consumption.

A great alternative option could be compostable bags and reusable totes.

A ban in O'ahu would not only be great for the environment but O'ahu would be a shining example for other states to look at and adopt the same policy.

Please help O'ahu and its ocean.

23. Say NO to Plastic Bags in Singapore

Plastic last forever and it's KILLS!

Used plastic bags, bottles and similar are finding their ways to our drains, rivers, sea, beaches and the big oceans.

These products made from plastic will never decomposed but will only broken into smaller pieces to be mistakenly consumed by the marine creatures...

The marine life are either choke or stave them to death by these mistaken food... or its find their ways into our food chain...

With the ever increasing of the population tag with the current consumers' habits, the volume of discarded plastic bags, bottles or others will increased to an alarming situation that will be beyond our ability to clean it up...

There are already numerous reports about garbage patches found in our oceans and more than 80% of the contents are plastics. These plastics are destroying and killing the marine life directly and indirectly, and we humans will be affected...

24. 2012 Plastic-Bag-Free Olympics

Greener Upon Thames is a community-driven campaign to reduce plastic bag use in the London Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston, make London and the 2012 Olympics plastic-bag-free, and pressure our Government for a ban or levy on single-use plastic bags.

Backed by politicians, schools, local community organisations and more than 500 shops and thousands of residents, we campaign to break the bag habits of millions in London and beyond by producing and distributing literature and infomercials, organising local events and liaising with international plastic-bag-free campaigns to raise awareness about the impact of plastic bags, excess packaging and waste plastic on the environment and future generations.

London 2012: Shouldn't we be plastic-bag-free? Bagging Boris from Greener Upon Thames on Vimeo.



Greener school competition entry from Andrea Craig on Vimeo.

25. Plastic Bag Free Torquay

In 2010, a small group of people from the community of Torquay/Jan Juc commenced a campaign to ban single use shopping bags from retail outlets in our town.

Litter from single use plastic shopping bags poses a significant threat to our environment, particularly our oceans.

As a coastal community, the people of the Torquay/Jan Juc region recognise the importance of the health of our oceans. Removing single use shopping bags from retail outlets will result in a significant reduction of waste in our landfill and also our ocean.

The petition is two-fold: to garner quantitative data relating to the support for the proposal from the local community; and to request the State Government of Victoria to consider legislative change to ban single use shopping bags throughout Victoria.

26. Stop Packaging Local Fruit in Plastic

During the 2010 growing season, local Ontario fruit was packaged for sale at Loblaw Companies stores in single-use clamshell plastic containers. Plastic garbage has a well-documented negative impact on the environment and our health. Recycling of plastic also has negative environmental effects and is not a sustainable solution. Plastic packaging of locally grown fruit should be stopped.

As consumers, we can use this petition to voice our concerns and ask that the fruit producers and retailers review their decision and stop using plastic packages.

After signing with your NAME and LOCATION, please circulate the petition to others in Ontario.

27. Ellen DeGeneres, Please Cancel Your Bottled Water Advertising Contracts

We love Ellen DeGeneres. But we hate that she is lending her personality to advertisements for bottled water--an industry that is damaging to people, animals, and the planet.

28. Cure Phuket's Plastic Addiction

Phuket is an island in the Andaman sea, its is a small island and much of its income is dependent on tourists flocking to Phuket because of its pristine beaches and natural beauty, not to mention its fantastic nightlife.

But with Phuket's current plastic addiction every day tonnes of plastic waste is being sent Phukets landfill and the incinerator at its maximum the problem is only getting worse with each passing day.

It is up to Phuket citizens and students to join together and help reduce plastic consumption in Phuket.

29. Ban Plastic Bags in FL and U.S.A.

“Data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency shows that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.”

-National Geographic News September 2, 2003

“Plastic bags account for over 10 percent of the debris washed up on the U.S. coastline.”

-National Marine Debris Monitoring Program

If just 1 out of 5 people in our country used a Bio bag we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags over our life time.

A study in 1975, showed oceangoing vessels together dumped 8 million pounds of plastic annually. The real reason that the world's landfills weren't overflowing with plastic was because most of it ended up in an ocean-fill.

Ireland took the lead in Europe, taxing plastic bags in 2002 and have now reduced plastic bag consumption by 90%

- BBC News August 20, 2002

China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year due to their ban of free plastic bags

- CNN.com/asia January 9, 2008

Reducing plastic bags will decrease foreign oil dependency.

Bangladesh, China, Ireland, Rwanda, Israel, western India, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Taiwan, and Singapore have also banned or are moving toward banning the plastic bag.

- PlanetSave.com February 16, 2008

30. END plastic utensil delivery excess

At some point, probably way too often, each of you have received an overabundance of plastic utensils with a delivery order.

This excess is often not considered and leads to an insane amount of waste.

Do your part to help end this thoughtlessness by creating a new standard or practice.