Save Our Ocean Life from Plastic Waste: Ban Single-Use Plastics

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Follow the lead of the U.K. and the BBC by enacting regulations to ban single-use plastics and reduce the waste that is killing our oceans.

The BBC has announced that it will ban single-use plastics by 2020, taking the lead in critical efforts to save the world’s oceans from the dangerous and unnecessary plastic waste that is choking our marine life and habitats. The U.S. must follow this example and enact similar regulations.

The BBC’s move was inspired by the documentary series Blue Planet II. It illustrates the dangers of plastic waste. Sea birds and marine creatures become entangled in plastic, or mistake it for food, allowing it to wreak havoc on their digestive systems and even kill them. A pilot whale calf is believed to have died from drinking its mother’s milk, which was contaminated with toxic chemicals from plastic. The narrator of the series David Attenborough states, “Unless the flow of plastics into the world’s oceans is reduced, marine life will be poisoned by them for many centuries to come.”

Over eight million tons of plastic enter the sea every year, the majority of which is not biodegradable. Of all the plastic produced every year, 40% is single-use (used only once before getting thrown away). As Lord Hall of the BBC says, “I was shocked to see the avoidable waste and harm created by single-use plastic. We all need to do our bit to tackle this problem, and I want the BBC to lead the way. Scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery is the first step, and with our plan I hope we can have a BBC free of single-use plastic altogether.” Sign below to demand that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency follow this example and enact regulations to help eliminate plastic waste.


Dear Administrator Pruitt,

The eight million tons of plastic waste that are dumped into our oceans are killing our environment and our marine life. The harm this waste causes is long lasting; it affects sea life for generations as it entraps them, makes them sick, and kills them and their young. It is also entirely avoidable. As the U.K. and the BBC have illustrated, it is entirely feasible to take steps to eliminate unnecessary plastic waste across the country. The BBC has committed to banning single-use plastics by 2020; Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042; and the Scottish Parliament announced plans to do away with all plastic straws.

It is critical that the U.S. follow their lead. By transitioning away from single-use plastics in favor of reusable glassware, we could cut eradicate millions of tons of plastic waste. About 40% of the plastic made every year is used only once before it is thrown away—an entirely avoidable waste. I urge you to emulate the example of the BBC and cut out single-use plastics in the U.S. Please ensure that regulations are put in place to reduce the plastic waste in our oceans.


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Photo Credit: Emilian Robert Vicol

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  1. Plastic is every countries problem. Why do polluters don’t get it? No fish No food! No environment! In the Age of Information stupidity is the greatest crime!

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