ONE SMALL CHANGE
What does The Plastic Letters Project do?
The Plastic Letters Project emails large polluters asking them to change their ways and suggesting product redesigns that reduce or eliminate plastic.
FEEL FREE TO JOIN IN!
This site is an archive of all the letters that have been posted and all the responses I get. Please join me: simply copy and paste the letter (you can change it at will) into an email and use the email addresses provided to add your voice to the growing number of consumers who are #sickofplastic.
ALSO FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER WHERE I’LL BE TWEETING COMPANIES TOO.
A bit of background:
Single-use plastic pollution is one of the devastating environmental catastrophes of our time.
We’ve all heard the figures:
8 million metric tonnes of plastics end up in the oceans each year.
The Great Pacific garbage patch is anywhere between 700,000 square kilometres and 15,000,000 square kilometres and is denser than we thought.
Less than 10% of the 6 BILLION metric tonnes of plastics produced since the 1950s has been recycled.
Yet the global packaging industry is booming and predicts expanding until it is worth $261 billion by 2025.
As consumers, we are surrounded by the message that we are to blame and that we have to make better choices. Meanwhile, companies like Coca Cola can continue to pump out 1 billion pieces of virgin plastic each year and hide behind recycling initiatives and beach cleans where virtuous citizens volunteer to pick up their trash. Governments are willing to take small steps, like banning microbeads or plastic cutlery, but they’re not willing to harm their lobbyists by hitting them in the pocket until they change their ways and invest a fraction of their billions of profit in materials research and development.
It’s time to start naming and shaming the companies who are causing so much harm.
But it’s also time to do something positive.
I discovered how impossible it was to make plastic-free choices when I undertook a month-long No Plastic Challenge living experiment in 2016.
I’m tired of the consumer-shaming. I have a limited amount of time, energy and money and I want the real culprits to have to do something about this problem. Growing numbers of people are waking up to the urgent necessity to curb the use of single-use plastic, but governments are backing big business and refusing to take action.
I’M #SICKOFPLASTIC. WE NEED A CHANGE.