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Legislators and Voters :
use your power

BEING A DECISION MAKER IS CHALLENGING

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BUT CHANGING EVERYONE'S FUTURE FOR THE BEST IS REWARDING

Reduce

the influence of the Plastic Industry

The Plastic Industry Association has been increasing its campaign contributions every cycle. Many individual companies including PepsiCo and Coca Cola are spending millions to ensure that representatives take no action to reduce plastic consumption.

  • Learn to recognize "greenwashing" from organizations that seem to promote eco-friendly programs, but are actually working to ensure the continued use of single use plastics. Here are some examples: ​​

 

https://www.recyclingfacts.com/  

https://www.coca-colacompany.com/news/packaging-sustainability-in-united-states

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/power-of-optimism/faq

These three companies promote plastic recycling when in fact, plastic recycling doesn't work. 

  • Identify who is taking contributions from the Plastic Industry:

https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/exxon-mobil/recipients?id=d000000129

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Reform

the current system to create a more sustainable planet

  • Get inspired by legislations that are already in place:

 

https://sfenvironment.org/reduceplastic

https://www.smgov.net/Departments/OSE/Business/Disposable_Food_Service_Ware_Ordinance.aspx

  • Get behind upcoming legislations:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5845 (https://www.merkley.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/BFFPPA%20Section%20By%20Section%20Summary.pdf)

  • Contact experts like us to help educate and empower yourself and your community.

Replace

the legislators who refuse to act

To fix our broken plastic recycling systems, waste management and pollution crisis, we need new laws. Legislators' jobs are to protect and represent us. We must stop paying the price for unsustainable systems. Let's give the tasks, and our money, to the legislators who care. When the obstructions are coming from inside the house, it's time to vote them out. 

  • Encourage voter registration, not just in your district, but in districts of opposition:

https://vote.gov/ 

  • Find others who care and help them replace the opposition:

https://votesaveamerica.com/save-america/

https://act.represent.us/call/tell-congress-for-the-people/?source=wp-web-pdf-20210308-action-page

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/support-the-break-free-from-plastic-pollution-act-2/

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Time to write your own story

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Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful,
committed citizens
can change the world;
indeed it’s the only
thing that ever has.

– Margaret Mead