Plastic pollution is one of the major problems we face today. Chemicals and small plastic particles are found everywhere – in the ocean, soil, placentas, animal stomachs and human organs. Plastic is killing our planet and those who live on it, and we need to tackle plastic pollution. Many people have started doing this in their own lives by switching to reusable alternatives to single-use plastic and being more aware of the waste they create. While this is amazing, the problem will not be resolved until companies are held accountable.
A recent study found that only 20 companies are responsible for 55% of plastic waste worldwide. These companies are headquartered in different countries around the world, with ExxonMobil of the United States being the absolute worst. Some of the others companies include Dow, Sinopec and Indorama Ventures. The report also highlighted investors and banks that fund plastics producers including Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America.
The problem is even worse than one might imagine. While many people see fossil fuels and plastic pollution as two separate issues, they are actually intrinsically linked. Because most plastics are made of oil and gas, all of these companies produce fossil fuels, petrochemicals, or both. Thus, it is not only plastic waste that is involved, but also its creation. Experts believe that 5-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions will come from plastics over the next 30 years. These companies created the problem, now they have to solve it. Sign this petition to demand that these 20 companies instead turn to the production of ecological and biodegradable options!
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