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Hey, McDonald's, please buy only biodegradable straws and save turtles from going extinct!

A major problem in today’s world is our plastic usage. Plastic never biodegrades. This means that it will stay forever. It also makes 100-500 million pounds of carbon emissions. Plastic straws are one of the biggest ways that we use plastic. We use more than 500 million straws every single day in the U.S. alone! Fast food stores are the main source of straw. For example, McDonalds contributes to 12% of all the plastic straws. I had an idea that if McDonald’s would only use biodegradable, it would cut down on a lot of that plastic trash. Other chains will follow the lead and one by one we can convert all plastic straw to biodegradable straw.  Plastic straws hurt the environment and wildlife. Straws just pile up in landfills and in the oceans. There are places where you can actually walk on the ocean because of the enormous amount of plastic piled up. It also hurts wildlife. Birds can think that plastic straws look like worms. Turtles can think that straws look like stretched out shrimp. When they eat them, they die from the toxins in the oil that the straws were made from. It also hurts underprivileged kids who don't have proper housing. They can wander about on shores, but all the plastic can make them sick. Why do we do this? We are ruining the planet!!! Think about your own kids and grandchildren. Is this the type of planet that you want to leave for them! Do you want children to worry about eating seafood because of the amount of plastic trash in our fish? Do you want us to not be able to go to the beach because of the amount of trash? Why are you leaving us children a planet of plastic and trash??? There is a solution though. If McDonald's and other franchises stopped using plastic straws, a lot of plastic trash would be avoided. If people still need straws, they can get biodegradable straws. The biodegradable straws would biodegrade and wouldn't hurt the environment. So join me! Join in saving the world for your children! Please sign the petition, and support the idea that McDonald's should get only biodegradable straws!!    

Earth Hero
16,266 supporters
Petitioning Powerade

Coca-Cola's Powerade: Stop the use of controversial chemical BVO

I live north of Atlanta the home of the Coca-Cola Company, so I am local and it’s crazy to know that every time I see a delivery truck at a gas station or supermarket, bottles of potentially harmful chemicals are lining the shelves. It’s crazy to know that I have to be paranoid and check every sports drink and soda to make sure I’m not putting any toxins in my body, when I shouldn’t have to do this nor anyone else because there shouldn’t be harmful chemicals in a drink to begin with.  Me personally, I already have a health condition of my own that I’m battling with. Luckily I’m at a lower stage, but at the end of the fall of 2012 I was diagnosed with cancer and don’t want to put anything in my body that will do nothing but harm it rather than help. It’s troubling to see the how they promote this stuff on commercials, they have athletes drinking it, telling you and our youth it’s the best thing when replacing what your body loses during a workout; it’s even better than water they say, but when a toxin is in the drink, I highly doubt it. This is important for the same reason Sarah Kavanagh's petition was important. As she stated prior, BVO is a flame retardant and no one should be ingesting such chemicals. Children drink this after sports games all of the time, not just adults. It's important to get familiar with what companies are putting in our food. You can visit this link from Coke, and it clearly shows the use of BVO in their POWERADE Fruit Punch. But the good news is some of the flavors don't use it. Apparently, there are substitutes that can be used, so why not use them?  For those of you not familiar, a flame retardant is a chemical and key component used to help prevent items from becoming flammable and it’s commonly used on textiles and plastics, so why are we drinking it? If you visit the American Chemistry Council website or just Google, there’s a list of items flame retardants are used on such as televisions, washers & dryers, roofing, carpets, telephone/ cell phones, and the list goes on, so again why would any company put this stuff in something that everyday people like you and I consume? The American Chemistry Council's website even says "Brominated compounds are used for a number of purposes, but the major use is as flame retardants. Bromine interacts with the fire cycle in the gas phase to stop the chemical chain reaction that leads to flame formation and a self-sustaining fire. In essence, brominated flame retardants either prevent a fire from starting in the first place, or significantly slow a fire down." Whether or not it's the exact same BVO as what's in Powerade, that still seems pretty ridiculous to me. BVO is very controversial due to the health effects it can have on people and animals…yes that does include our furry little friends. I noticed Sarah’s story on “Today” and they mentioned that the right amount of BVO isn’t harmful; however, they turned around and said it simply needed more research, so I’m puzzled as to why they’re using ingredients and chemicals that they haven’t fully researched yet in the first place. Plus, Gatorade, Vitamin Water, and other companies won't be using BVO thanks to consumer pressure, so why is Powerade ignoring this feedback? It’s scary to know that something like this is being used in the US without fully knowing both positive and negative effects (especially because it's banned in Europe and Japan). Thanks to Sarah's courageous actions PepsiCo made the change for Gatorade and it can happen here too with Coca-Cola and Powerade listening to common sense. Please help me and let’s continue to help Sarah make a change for the better. I appreciate the support.   

Aveyca Dortch
59,082 supporters
Petitioning General Mills, Kellogg, Coca-Cola, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo,, eBay, Walmart, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Walgreens, NIKE, Adidas, Dean Foods, Dole Food, Land O'Lakes, Kroge...

Urge Companies to Ditch Plastic and Find Alternatives

Plastic is the number one trash problem we have been faced with in our generation. It is in our oceans, landfills, lakes, it blows around our land and is being found in almost all living creatures. It is nearly impossible to go shopping and not buy plastic of some sort. It is time for things to change on a corporate level, it is time for companies to start switching over to other alternatives. There is technology that exists that give us alternatives and it is time for these large companies to start utilizing these technologies. In signing this petition you are making a stand to demand that companies find new solutions and stop being part of the problem. You are also stating that you yourself are going to look for alternatives to plastic and try to work toward a solution as well. We are all affected by the over use of plastic in our world. In a study commissioned by data journalism outlet Orb, 83% of tap water samples collected from over a dozen countries on five continents tested positive for microplastic. In a US study they found microplastic in 94% of tap water.  There are about 300 million tons of plastic produced annually. There are studies that are researching the effect on marine life and birds like this one, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. They said "So much plastic trash is flowing into the oceans that 90 percent of seabirds eat it now and virtually every one will be consuming it by 2050." In 1960 plastic was found in only 5% of birds. During this study the plastic found inside birds includes bags, bottle caps, synthetic fibers from clothing, and tiny rice-sized bits that have been broken down by the sun and waves. Tipa is an Israeli company that produce plastic alternative packaging. Nature works a company in Nebraska creates a plastic alternative made from corn. Biome Bioplastics is one of the UK’s leading developers of natural plastics. We are demanding change! Big companies, its time to get on board and ditch the plastic!  

keila theiss
7,387 supporters