Most people would agree that plastic pollution is a huge issue that needs to be dealt with immediately. Microplastics have been found on Mount Everest, in seafood, soil, human and marine animal organs, and human placentas. Furthermore, there are countless videos and studies that show how larger pieces of plastic from fishing gear and single-use items have wreaked havoc on marine environments. Many individuals have been making changes in their own lives, such as swapping out single-use plastic items for their reusable alternatives, however, it’s vital to keep the pressure on large corporations that are responsible for the majority of plastic pollution on the planet.
Corporations love to create recycling and environmental campaigns that place the responsibility of our plastic waste issue on the consumer; however, this is manipulative and ineffective. Plastic that is sent to recycling facilities by consumers often doesn’t end up actually getting recycled. Even when it does, it is the economic responsibility of taxpayers. Ironically, the large corporations that create plastic and push it onto consumers get large subsidies.
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The large corporations that create plastic need to be the ones who deal with it. They cannot keep harming our planet for profit without taking any responsibility for the damage that they cause. Fortunately, states across the U.S. — including California, Colorado, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington state — are trying to pass bills known as “extended producer responsibility” laws to put the responsibility for the plastic waste that corporations create back onto the corporations themselves. Not only will these laws force them to take accountability and clean up our planet, but they will hopefully also push them to be more sustainable rather than resorting to greenwashing.
Sign this petition to demand that U.S. state governments force plastic-producing corporations to pay for the costs they’ve inflicted on our environment! They made the mess. Now they should shoulder responsibility for cleaning it up.
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Hold Large Companies Accountable For Their Plastic Pollution
- Ban Single-Use Plastics to Save Our Oceans and Marine Animals
- Ban Single-Use Plastic; Microplastics Have Now Been Found in Antarctica
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