Keep our National Parks Single-use Plastic Free!
Americans overwhelmingly support ending the sale and distribution of single-use plastics inside national parks. Urge your U.S. Representative and Senators to sponsor the Reducing Waste in National Parks Act!
Earlier this year, nearly 70,000 citizens petitioned the Department of Interior to eliminate the sale and distribution of single-use plastics throughout the National Park Service, an initiative that is supported by over 80% of voting Americans.
Plastic pollution can be found virtually everywhere.
From the deep ocean to remote mountain wildernesses, from our table salt to our tap water, plastic pollution poses an alarming threat to human health and the environment. In fact, it’s estimated that the average person is eating a credit card’s worth of microplastic every week.
The best way to manage plastic waste is to stop generating it.
Nearly 40% of the plastic produced annually is for single-use plastics and packaging — materials that are made to last forever but designed to be used briefly and thrown away. The plastics industry expects annual production to triple by 2050, greatly compounding the problem since a meager 6% of all the plastic waste ever generated has been recycled.
Our National Parks have long led the way in protection of the environment, and they deserve special protection from plastic waste that lasts for generations. With the National Park Service managing an average of nearly 70 million pounds of waste every year, we need to take action! If passed, the bill would phase out the sale and distribution of single-use plastic products — including plastic beverage bottles, plastic bags, plastic foodware, and plastic foam items — across all national parks and national parks properties.
Our national parks were once home to Native People who for thousands of years were the original stewards of these lands. The Reducing Waste in National Parks Act represents a small but important step we can take to create a new beginning of co-existing with Mother Earth, giving nature the right to not only survive, but thrive. We must honor the legacy of Indigenous stewardship to ensure that generations to come will inherit a just, healthier, and more sustainable future.
Urge your U.S. Representative and Senators to sponsor the Reducing Waste in National Parks Act (S.2960/H.R.5533)!