Johnson & Johnson and other companies: Remove microplastics from your products, Petition

Today I was sent this from the Story of Stuff Project‘ .

It regards the use Microplastics buy Johnson & Johnson (and others) that are polluting us and our oceans. This practice needs to be stopped! Theres convincing evidence toxins in some health products and food are causing massive increases in cancers! Why do we  obviously let companies continue to poison us those close to us. We will never achieve anything like sustainability with these big influential companies continuing to pollute and destroy out planet to make profit. We don’t need microplastics in out products! Until people stand up and tell companies like Johnson & Johnson we don’t want this, they will continue to pollute our ecosystem! If we tell these companies we want sustainably and environmentally friendly products they will continue on as there are.  They are selling them to us and we buy them, if people say no and don’t buy them they will have to stop it’s that simple!

Please sign today, thanks! 

Our oceans are choking with plasticreducing vast parts of the seas to toxic gyres of swirling trash that will last for thousands of years. Now, personal product conglomerates like Johnson & Johnson and others have unleashed “microbeads” — tiny shards of plastic used as exfoliants in beauty products — designed to be washed down the drain where they flow right past clean-up systems out to sea.

These plastic pellets chemically attract and absorb toxins in the sewage, and are often mistaken for food by fish that gobble them up, allowing the pellets and the toxins along for the ride to work their way up the food chain. Many microbeads are so tiny that they show up in the bloodstreams of the animals that eat them, where they’ll be lodged in the host until it dies.

Tell Johnson & Johnson to remove microbeads from its products now!

(C) Story of Stuff Project

(C) Story of Stuff Project

Microbeads are being dumped into our oceans in huge quantities: Neutrogena’s “Deep Clean” facial cleanser contains over 350,000 microbeads in each tube alone. Companies that package and pack their products full of pollutants try to blame us for the problem. They say that any time their trash ends up in the ocean, it’s our responsibility, part of a long line of using “personal responsibility” to shift all the blame to the consumer. But a clean future is our collective responsibility, and we have to fight for it on every level.

Johnson & Johnson has said that it would take two years to phase out microbeads, but the company is asking to be given four years, in a non-binding pledge. Companies want to get away with making non-binding pledges that they don’t have to live up to until years into the future, hoping that we will forget before they have to fulfill them. But legislatures are catching on. Earlier this week, the New York State Assembly voted 108-0 to ban microbead products, and California and Illinois will soon vote on similar bills. The companies that profit from these pollutants are lobbying intensely to keep up their “freedom” to trash the ocean, but if J&J can become a leader in cleaning up its products, it will push other companies to come along.

Tell Johnson & Johnson to ditch ocean-trashing microbeads!

That’s why we’re working with partners at 5 Gyres, which first raised the problem of microbeads after finding them bobbing around the Great Lakes.Currently, companies like J&J are caught up in The Story of Stuff — they are so focused on pumping out more products that they feel like they can ignore the impact that they are having on the environment, or at best kick the can down the road. That is why we have to band together to make this an issue right now. If companies like Johnson & Johnson hear from thousands of their customers from around the world, they will realize that cleaning up their dirty brands should be a top priority. Join us today in rewriting the Story by telling J&J to ditch microbeads today.

Sign here !

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More information:

5Gyres’ information on microbeads

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