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To: Kwasi Kwarteng : secretary of state for business, energy & Industrial strategy. And George Eustice: secretary of state for environment, food & rural affairs
NO MORE NEW PLASTIC
We have been producing plastic for 115 years. Most of that plastic will not degenerate to be reabsorbed into the earth. It sits on it. We have 115 years of plastic in landfill sites, in our seas and rivers. When we've run out of local space to dump it we send it abroad to mostly undeveloped countries that have no means of recycling, to pollute their countryside. Forever. There is too much plastic in the world. There is 115 years worth of plastic.
WE SHOULD LEGISLATE TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO MANUFACTURE NEW PLASTIC
This would ensure that it is in everyone's interest NOT to dump plastic, but to send it to be recycled. Plastic would be recovered from landfill sites, seas, rivers and would be taken back from overseas forests. The continuous recycling and reuse of plastic would mean we will never have more plastic in the world than we have now, and none of it would be dumped.
Prior to 1907 plastic didn't exist. We used glass bottles, paper bags, cardboard boxes, wood, steel, rubber. We used string and fabric bags to do our shopping. We rarely threw anything away. We can do this again.
Lets lead the world in returning to old ways to make a better future. We can use natural products; wood, paper, cardboard, bamboo, hemp, which naturally compost and do not pollute.
Lets lead the world in making it illegal to manufacture new plastic.
NO MORE NEW PLASTIC. WE HAVE ENOUGH ALREADY.
Why is this important?
We need to clean up our planet before it is too late. Our seas, rivers, landfill sites and overseas forests are full of our waste plastic. If we keep manufacturing more new plastic this problem will continue to grow. At what point do we look at it and say " STOP, THIS IS ENOUGH NOW!"?
If we stop the manufacturing of new plastic, and only utilise what we already have (115 years of plastic manufacturing!), we can encourage recycling and the reclamation of the plastic already dumped. We don't want to be without plastic, it has many uses. But we do not need more of it polluting our world. Lets reclaim and reuse that which we already have.