Closed petition Stop schools selling or giving students single-use plastic water bottles

We are pleading for the Government to stop schools across England from selling single-use plastic water bottles, or giving these to students.

We're saying no to single-use plastic water bottles in school. Please help support us in our mission.

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We know that producing plastic bottles is bad for the planet. As a family, we spend a lot of time going around litter picking, we are keen to protect nature, we want to help protect and keep plastic-free for us and future generations. That’s why we want the Government to think of the environment and stop schools selling single-use plastic water bottles, or giving these to students.

Please help us to raise awareness of this issue by signing our petition, and hopefully, the Government will hear our collective voices and consider making a change.

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MPs call for ban on all plastic waste exports

MPs on the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee have called for a ban on the export of all plastic waste from the UK by 2027 to reduce the country's contribution to global plastic waste pollution. 

Read a summary of the Committee's report on plastic waste

Report on ending the impact of plastic waste

Earlier this month, the Committee published a report on the impact of plastic waste and ways of reducing it. In their report, MPs called on the Government to restrict the amount of plastic that can be exported from the UK. They also called on the Government to step up the enforcement of existing rules to prevent criminal gangs illegally exporting and dumping UK-produced waste. 

The report follows a series of evidence sessions earlier this year, where the Committee questions representatives from charities, environmental campaigners and commercial trade experts. At these sessions the Committee explored:

  • whether the Government’s current ambitions to reduce plastic waste were enough
  • how alternatives to plastic consumption can be identified and supported
  • how England's current plastic exports impact other countries.

Find out more about the Committee's inquiry into plastic waste and read oral evidence from the Committee's inquiry.

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To inform the debate, she would like to hear your insights and ideas on the topic. She may quote your contribution directly during her debate. 

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