I agree that all manufacturing businesses must be required by law, when proposing to use toxic or non-biodegradable materials in the manufacturing of any goods of any kind, that they must first apply for a license to use those materials, and prove during this application process, that there are no viable alternative eco-friendly materials; ALSO that economic viability of their product in the market-place has no part in that definition of "viability", AND that they must agree to take lifetime responsibility for all materials used, since the general public & our social systems have proven incapable of preventing these materials from doing damage to the environment, by ending up in waterways, lakes & oceans, or landfill.
Companies should be required in the cases that they are allowed to use such materials (after going through this process), to show that they have a plan for preventing these materials ending up in waterways & landfills for the lifetime of the materials.
I additionally ask that where foreign countries do not sign up to this change in regulation, that import of products from those countries suffer heavy tariffs or complete bans, in order to both protect our environment, and pay for damage done in the case that they do make it into our country ... this last measure will ensure that local business who have these measures enforced on them, will not have to compete with foreign products that do not adhere to the same standard ... and in line with this measure, I also register my vote & opinion, that free-trade agreements which are attempted to be used as excuses to get around this requirement, should be null & void, as they do not represent my interests, that of my children, my friends & family, and they certainly do not represent the interests of the environment that sustains me.
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All measures taken to date have failed to stop our land & waterways being the repositories for increasing quantities of wastes year after year ... many of these wastes can kill creatures that...
All measures taken to date have failed to stop our land & waterways being the repositories for increasing quantities of wastes year after year ... many of these wastes can kill creatures that encounter them via strangulation, choking, or toxic poisoning ... and many of them, as they break down, introduce dangerous chemicals into the environment & food chain.
It is an untenable position that we continue to allow the almost completely unregulated use of materials in manufacturing with no requirement for business to prove that it has no viable alternative material choices, and with no responsibility for what happens to those materials after manufacturing.
If you don't want your food poisoned, and if you don't want the landscape & waterways to degrade even more than they have, then we are left with little choice as a species than to make this shift ... let us tell our politicians, all around the world, that we expect better results, and the decisions that will actually make such results more likely.