Last week, After a massive letter writing and social media blitz, The 5 Gyres Institute received word from Procter & Gamble’s Harald Schlatter, that Procter & Gamble will remove plastic micro-beads from their products by 2017. Though we applaud this move, The 5 Gyres Institute along with core campaign partners The Plastic Soup Foundation, Plastic Free Seas, and a coalition of nearly 100 NGOs worldwide believe this phase-out timeline is far too long. We have made demands with other manufacturers that all beads be removed by no later than January 1st, 2015 and wrote a letter a to this affect that went unanswered by Mr. Schlatter.
The ocean can’t afford trillions and trillions more of these beads entering our shared waters for 3.5 more years. When we first approached P&G alerting them to the problem, they largely ignored our concerns. With pressure, they responded. But 2017 is too long a timeframe. 5 Gyres presented evidence of these beads making their way into our watersheds and our scientific paper documenting our micro-bead findings in The Great Lakes has been submitted for publication and is currently under peer review. We need action now.
PLEASE TAKE JUST 30 SECONDS to tell P&G that their timeline is unacceptable. TAKE ACTION NOW!!
It takes just 30 seconds to sign our petition, send a letter to Procter & Gamble and Tweet and Facebook the campaign. We’ve already shown that we can win, let’s get a timeline that’s acceptable to our ocean and our community.