Pledge to say no to single use plastics
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Pledge to say no to single-use plastics. Do your part to save the planet from drowning in plastic waste.

Change starts with you. When you pledge to reduce the amount of plastic you buy and use, you are making a commitment to help save the planet from suffocating in plastics. When you consciously make an effort to avoid plastic products, you can help the Earth. Add your name now to do your part and give our planet a chance to recover from the plastic overload.

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ADD YOUR NAME TO PLEDGE TO SAY NO TO SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans each year.1

Plastic pollution is suffocating our planet and the human race. Since the convenience culture has risen over the past 25 years, more and more plastic continues to be produced, bought and used. The main problem with plastic is that it is cheap, accessible, waterproof and lasts forever – this also means once it gets dumped, it never goes away.

Animals are choking on plastic and fish stomachs are becoming filled with microplastics. Even turtles are swallowing more plastic bags than actual jellyfish for food. A 2015 study estimated that 90% of the world’s seabirds and 25% of fish contain plastic in their stomachs.2 By 2050 we expect to see more plastic in our oceans than fish.2

Humans are dying from the chemicals released from burning plastic and developing a range of diseases like cancer because of plastic pollution.

Now is the time to take action by doing your part in the fight against single-use plastics and their impact on the earth and us.

Fast Facts

  • 40% of plastics are single-use only and then disposed of, often ending up in landfill or the ocean.1

  • If we continue to use plastic at the current rate, production is set to increase by 3.8% every year through to 2030. 4

  • Plastic is not only harming the planet and our oceans, but people too. It is estimated that every 30 seconds someone dies from plastic pollution and rubbish in developing countries.5

  • 400 million tonnes of GHG’s are emitted each year from plastic production.6

  • An average person could be ingesting approximately 5 grams of plastic every week.7

The Solution

Reduce – Your single-use plastic consumption and use of plastics in general. By reducing your consumption, you can help save the oceans from drowning in plastic and encourage others to do the same.

Refuse – By refusing to accept plastic bags, straws, takeaway cups, and containers you can help reduce the amount of plastic produced every year. No Demand = No Production.

Reuse – Where possible try to reuse your containers, shopping bags and plastic bottles for cleaning multiple times, just re-fill instead of buying new.

Recycle – 91% of plastics are not recycled.8 Which means making even more of an effort to recycle properly is key. Research your local waste removal companies and what they will accept in recycling bins. You might be surprised what you haven’t been recycling this whole time!

Your Pledge

You can count on me to do my part to stop the planet being swallowed by plastic:

  • I will reduce my consumption of single-use plastics and other plastic items.

  • I will reuse utensils, to-go containers, bottles, bags, and other everyday items.

  • I will choose glass, paper, stainless steel, wood, ceramic and bamboo over plastic.

  • I will refuse single use plastic items like straws, plastic bags, water bottles and more.

  • I will recycle properly through first educating myself about what can be recycled in my local area.

  • I will bring my own re-usable container, shopping bags and coffee cups.

  • I will stand with ItAllCounts and help end the drowning of our oceans in plastic and improve the health of humans as a result.

Sources:
1 https://singleuseplastics.plasticpollutioncoalitionresources.org/
2 https://www.lessplastic.org.uk/why-less-plastic/
3 https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/
4 https://singleuseplastics.plasticpollutioncoalitionresources.org/
5 https://learn.tearfund.org/-/media/learn/resources/reports/2019-tearfund-consortium-no-time-to-waste-en.pdf
6 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/21655979.2020.1718471
7 https://d2ouvy59p0dg6k.cloudfront.net/downloads/plastic_ingestion_web_spreads.pdf
8 https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/07/plastic-produced-recycling-waste-ocean-trash-debris-environment/
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Pledge to say no to single-use plastics.

I pledge to say no to single-use plastics. Do my part to save the planet from drowning in plastic waste.