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Plastic waste is now found in the most remote areas of the planet. It kills marine life and is doing major harm to communities that depend on fishing and tourism. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General UN
There are many reasons to reduce plastic pollution, and for me the most important reason is the pollution of our oceans and harm and death to creatures living in and near the oceans and waterways. Passage of the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act would reduce my stress indicating we can break free of plastic. I see and experience the extensive use of disposable plastic in my workplace. It would reduce my stress from knowing how much wildlife is harmed by our plastic waste. Charna Macfie, Qualicum Beach BC, Canada
Less production of plastics in the U.S. will benefit me in two ways. First, our seas are an interconnected whole and a significant reduction in free floating plastic will also contribute to cleaner seas in the global commons. Secondly, if plastic production can be downscaled and replaced with greener sustainable products this will also reduce global total greenhouse gas emissions, since the U.S. is a large emitter. Youri Moleman, Amsterdam, Noord Holland NL
Look at climate change. That’s a bigger problem than plastic, but we can’t all focus on that and forget about plastic – that isn’t how the world works. We can divide our attention across different things, using clean-up to strengthen prevention. . .. To truly rid the oceans of plastic, what we need to do is two things: One, we need to clean up the legacy pollution, the stuff that has been accumulating for decades and doesn’t go away by itself. But, two, we need to close the tap, which means preventing more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place. Boyan Slat, Delft NL
I do think we’re at a point in our history where almost all of the big, grand, challenges faced by the human race are those that demand a scientific solution: climate change; access to clean water; over-crowding; plastic waste. Hannah Fry, A Day in the Life of Earth, UK
Less single use plastic is good for the community and planet as well. We need to move forward from plastic packaging to clever bio-degradable designs that will break down in land fill and in the ocean. My walk along the beach would be much nicer if there were less single use plastic rubbish. Please pass into law the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act. Anthony Hardy, Camberwell London UK
We’re all aware of the huge plastic crisis and the effect it’s having on our planet. Fashion has a key role in that, but also there are ways we can deal with it. Stella McCartney is someone to look up to in that sense, she makes the bigger point in her collection that you can be sustainable and stylish. Lady Amelia Windsor, Cambridge UK
We can get rid of all the plastic bags and plastic straws in the world – and we need to – but nothing is going to get better until we can make the people at the top see that there are changes to be made. Oli Sykes, Bring Me the Horizon, Drop Dead Clothing, UK
I don’t let housekeeping in when I stay in hotels. It cuts down on all the caustic cleaning products and aggressive water usage, and I never use the little plastic bottles of toiletries they set out. KT Tunstall, Edinburgh UK
My obsession is plastic packaging. It makes me sick, all the waste. Everything about it disappoints me. Theo James, Four Eaton UK
The production of plastic is polluting our cities, country, rivers and oceans and causing the death of thousands of animals and birds. This has to stop. Every single living creature on this planet has microplastic material in our bodies. Plastic litters our shorelines and countryside. Remove the plastic and our lives will be enriched. Barrie Lloyd, Guildford England UK
Whales, dolphins and fish are injured and killed by large heavy plastic waste, or by plastic “masquerading” as food. Plastic waste in the Ocean does not respect national boundaries. It moves with the ebb and flow, all over the world. It is abraded, like pebbles into smaller and smaller pieces until bivalves and fish eat the microplastics. If we eat fish, we are surely eating microplastics too. Every positive action to reduce plastic pollution is a step in the right direction. Whatever our nationality we are all in this together as concerned citizens of the world, of Planet Earth. Margaret Beasley, London UK
On the face of it there is a pristine white sandy beach, but within an hour, around 100 of us can collect up to 250-300 kilos of rubbish. It’s mostly bits of plastic, fishing line, nylon, bottle caps. We’ve found everything. Ben Fogle, London UK
I hate the hand that comes out of a car and just drops litter in the street. I hate that! For some reason, it just fills me with fury! It’s just utter laziness, lack of interest in other people, lack of interest in the planet, in the hedgehog who might eat the plastic bag, it’s a lack of concern. Joanna Lumley, London UK
I’ll tell you what me scares me is plastic. Plastic bags and plastic bottles and these things. Why does my water have to be in a bloody plastic bottle? The landfill and the ocean. And I don’t know, I’m just terrified with the proliferation of plastic. Helen Mirren, London, UK
I get in a temper with inanimate objects. I can’t bear plastic. I do get in a complete rage with something that’s been shrink-wrapped. Sandi Toksvig, London UK
We are intimately dependent on our environment and its wellbeing, which includes its cleanliness, safety and beauty. The distressing amount of plastic production is seriously threatening, and already affecting, the safety of our environment, and hence our own wellbeing. Not to mention that of all other life we share the planet with. If we want to survive, thrive, and be responsible stewards of life, then we must urgently and sincerely tackle the issue of plastic pollution and its negative results.
This bill’s enactment would make me less afraid and cynical about the future of humanity and the planet; the planet that, as a 26-year-old, I will be inheriting from previous generations and passing on to the next. It is imperative that this place is inhabitable, and perhaps, even, enjoyable.
Passage of the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act would give me more faith and trust in the governing bodies, and those organizations who wield power, that they are capable of recognizing and acting upon the connection between plastic production, pollution and wellbeing. It is not only a practical virtue, but a moral and ethical one, to take responsibility and respond to environmental ills for the sake of all beings. Theo Young, Norfolk UK
I’m mad keen on recycling because I’m worried about the next generation and where all this waste we’re producing is going. It has to stop. I wash out my plastic containers and recycle envelopes, everything I possibly can. Cherie Lunghi, Newcastle UK