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Ban the use of plastic packaging for all non-food items

Submitted by Daniel Papworth on Wednesday 13th January 2021

Published on Tuesday 16th February 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Monday 16th August 2021

Current Signatures: 2,664
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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2020 ~ Children ~ Economy ~ environment ~ Essential ~ It ~ Marine ~ Paper ~ plastic ~ plastic waste ~ pregnant ~ sense ~ UK ~ US

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Ban the use of plastic packaging for all non-food items

Petition Details

Plastic packaging is a global issue. Too many items are sold in non-recyclable, non-compostable plastic packaging. Alternatives such as paper and cardboard are perfectly viable for such items as children’s toys, tools, office equipment, mobile devices, clothes, electrical goods and so on.

Additional Information

Plastic waste is both a public health and environmental issue. Wind-blown microplastics have been found in the placentas of pregnant mothers. The UK has a huge amount of coastline affected by plastic waste. On both counts it makes sense for us to give a lead globally. Plastic bans have proved effective in other countries. It is essential that we drastically reduce the production of new plastics and work towards an efficient, circular economy.

Microplastics in placentas:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/22/microplastics-revealed-in-placentas-unborn-babies

Marine Conservation Society on plastics on UK Coast:
https://www.mcsuk.org/clean-seas/microplastics


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