It takes a little bit of a lot, or a lot of a little bit, to effect change. While the big names out there who have an enormous, international following can do a lot more to create a better world, those of us who have a much (MUCH) smaller following—or even “just” a circle of family, friends, and people we see regularly in our daily lives—can effect change, through various tools, including but not limited to petitions.
The thing though is that many of us “little” people have to arise for the change to become large enough to tip the scales. For example, when it comes to the environment, it is so important that each one of us looks into our daily lives and make all the changes that we can to decrease our carbon footprints as much as possible.
My family and I have been working hard on decreasing our own carbon footprint, and I have come to realise how much my own efforts are limited by the way the system around me is set up. More specifically, there are certain things in the structures around me that limit what I can do for the environment. An example of this is that for the most part, plastic isn’t recycled anymore, but rather dumped into the trash by the recycling companies that pick it up.
We reached inward and have reduced our plastic use drastically in the last 10 years. But there are certain things that we do not have access to; for that, we have decided to start reaching outward.
In short, we are going to be running petitions to convince large companies to provide items that we regularly use in packaging that is fully compostable.
We are still working on our first petition! We are looking into a few options, including: mushrooms containers; David’s Tea pouches; bread bags; orange juice cartons, bottles, and jugs; and Styrofoam platters for meat. Rather than only calling on companies to stop using these products, we want to find specific alternatives, offer an idea of the costs, and request a timeline of action.
If you have any information that might help us in our endeavour, please drop a link below or email us! We are currently available at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in running one of these petitions, reach out to us, we would love to collaborate!