Ban the Use of Plastic Take-Out Containers in Restaurants

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Target: Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago

Goal: Ban the unnecessary use of plastic take-out containers in restaurants.

Decorative plastic containers are given to restaurant-goers in Chicago when they want to take their leftover food home. These plastic containers are used over biodegradable containers because their appearance but these containers simply end up in the trash anyway, where they take 500 to 1000 years to degrade. This is not environmentally friendly. We must take action to ban plastic take-out containers in Chicago.

The city of Chicago still stands as one of the largest “foodie” cities in the country. Visitors come from all over the world to dine in its many distinctive and delectable restaurants, enjoying fine food dispatched in outrageously renowned portions. This results in the majority of diners bringing the remainder of their uneaten food home with them. Unfortunately, many restaurant owners have taken competition to another level; it is no longer just the food, ambiance and craft cocktails, but every detail in between, down to the quality of their to-go containers, which are typically plastic.

Everyday in America, hundreds of thousands of pounds of plastic and plastic by-products are dropped into our oceans, cities and forests. It pollutes our earth, produces toxic chemicals that are absorbed into the human body, and is destroying marine life. It is time to call upon America’s major cities and demand that they take more proactive steps in eliminating plastic waste and production needs.

As it stands today, there is enough plastic waste on our planet to circle the earth four times. Steps need to be taken to encourage major cities in America to start utilizing other resources that are readily available to them. Plastic is unnecessary, it is toxic to humans, and it is killing our wildlife. Chicago is a huge contributor to this problem.

Please ask the Mayor of Chicago to be more proactive about the excessive use of plastic in Chicago by demanding a ban on plastic take-out containers in all restaurants.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Emanuel,

The overuse of plastic in America is threatening marine life; it is the primary cause of the high levels of BPA found in children today and it is clogging our sewers and washing up on our beautiful beaches. It is time for the city of Chicago to start taking stronger action against the unnecessary use of plastic and to become more proactive in encouraging alternative options that are safer for our children, our environment, and our wildlife.

Since a high percentage of Chicago’s waste is produced by the city’s booming restaurant industries, I am asking you take action for our environment and its wildlife by banning restaurants from handing out plastic take-out containers to guests and to require that biodegradable products be the primary packaging materials used.

Sincerely,

(Your Name Here)

Photo Credit: Gerald Simon

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