Now is a crucial time in the fight against plastic pollution. Around the world, we’re becoming more and more aware of the horrific damage plastic has caused to the oceans and environment. We’re ready to take action, but we still need to make sure every country does its part -- starting with Switzerland.
Europe’s “recycling champion” is one of the continent’s biggest producers of plastic waste. And while the EU has put forth a potentially game-changing strategy to cut down on single-use plastic, Switzerland has refused to even consider similar regulations.
We want to push the Swiss government to address this plastic problem -- but we need your help to do it.
Will you chip in for ads in Swiss newspapers to draw attention to the country’s role in the plastic crisis?
Switzerland’s reputation as an environmental pioneer has blinded everyone to the reality of its plastic addiction. In fact, Switzerland produces far more plastic waste than the European average -- to the tune of 100kg per person per year -- and it recycles far less, only 35 percent.
Meanwhile, industry lobbyists thwarted the Swiss parliament’s proposed ban on microplastics in cosmetics last year. And they’ve convinced Switzerland’s economic minister that banning harmful single-use plastic products like straws and balloon sticks -- like the EU is currently considering -- would “interfere with economic freedom”.
But across Europe, including in Switzerland itself, people have been raising their voices en masse to say they value clean oceans, rivers and soil over the interests of plastic corporations. Hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members like you pushed the European Commission to tackle the issue at the end of last year -- and they listened. Now we just need to get our voices heard in Switzerland as well. Will you help us?
Please chip in for ads in Swiss newspapers to get the government to take action to stop the plastic flood.