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Sonic Drive-In

Sonic Corp. is an American drive-in fast-food restaurant chain based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As of August 31, 2011, there were 3,561 restaurants in 43 U.S. states, serving approximately 3 million customers per day.


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Petitioning Clifford Hudson, Claudia San Pedro, John Budd, Eddie Saroch, Christi Woodworth, Sonic Drive-In, Tony Bartel, Lauren Hobart, Kathy Taylor, Jeffrey Schutz, J. Larry Nichols

Sonic Drive-In: Don’t Sell Food Made from Tortured Animals!

Sonic allows its suppliers to treat chickens in horrific ways that Burger King and others have banned for being too cruel. Please sign this petition asking them to stop! Our family lives in Tulsa, not far from Sonic’s Oklahoma City headquarters, so we’re very familiar with Sonic and the company’s message about “doing the right thing.” Well, Sonic, allowing your suppliers to shackle chickens upside down, dunk them in electrified water, and cut open their throats—often all while the birds are fully conscious—is doing the WRONG thing. And it turns out Sonic actually agrees. In 2010, Sonic said it would “challenge its poultry suppliers to convert to an animal welfare-friendly” alternative system. But seven years later, nothing has changed: Even though Burger King, Jack in the Box, Subway, and dozens of other companies have committed to banning live-shackle slaughter, Sonic has not. As the mom of a little girl who grew up with a turkey friend named Abner, it breaks my heart to think about millions of birds suffering for Sonic. The powers that be at Sonic can eliminate so much horrible cruelty just by making the same basic welfare commitments as their competitors. And if they truly care about doing the right thing, they will. Thank you for speaking up for animals! Debbie BVolunteer, Mercy For Animals 

Mercy For Animals
47,317 supporters
Petitioning Sonic Drive-In, Claudia San Pedro, Christina Vaughan, Paige Bass, E. Edward Saroch, Lori Abou Habib, Doug Cook, Corey Horsch, Michele Varian, Johnny jones

Convince Sonic Drive-In to stop using styrofoam

As new statistics about climate change and pollution come out almost daily, it is clear that we as humans need to take responsibility to make a change. We are putting our own lives and future on the line, as well as the futures of thousands of plants and animals on the brink of extinction. While significant changes need to be made, every person can make a change in the small choices they make every day, for example, using items that are reusable and/or easy to recycle.  Sonic Drive-In is a favorite of mine and many of my friends. Unfortunately, they continue to use styrofoam cups. Styrofoam is incredibly difficult to recycle, and there aren't many easily accessible recycling stations that accept it. That means that almost all of the cups sold at Sonic Drive-Ins across the country will end up in a landfill. We do not currently know how long it takes styrofoam to degrade if it ever does. Estimates say at least 500 years. Not only that, but trash in a landfill does not biodegrade naturally. Since the garbage is compacted so tightly and gets incredibly hot, there are not many microorganisms that can survive in that condition and break down our waste. Also, styrofoam can be incredibly toxic to make as it contains chemicals like benzene and styrene, which are carcinogenic (causing cancer) and have to potential to change one's chromosomal make-up. By continuing to use styrofoam cups, Sonic is showing support to the companies that put workers in these dangerous conditions. In the past, Sonic has claimed that part of the reason they would not change from styrofoam cups was due to consumer complaints about cups "sweating." This is not an acceptable reason, especially now that other large chains have already made changes to be more sustainable. McDonald's and Starbucks have both made changes to the cups they provide, and it's time for Sonic to follow suit.  Sonic Drive-In needs to switch to either plastic cups that can be easily recycled or paper cups that could be recycled or composted. I have also seen claims about how many trees would have to be cut down to provide paper cups, but this is ignoring the fact that paper can be made from other materials. Some alternatives include paper that has already been recycled, but also paper made from plants that grow much more quickly than trees like hemp, kenaf, bamboo, and cotton. Sonic could also take another hint from Starbucks and allow customers to purchase and bring back reusable cups. With all of these options available, there is simply no reason for a large chain company to continue to use harmful styrofoam cups when it has become apparent that we need to make changes before our planet and its environment is damaged beyond repair. The future of humanity, as well as a multitude of other species, depends on it.

Riley DuBois
381 supporters
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Petitioning Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee, Health Quality Subcommittee, Florida, Florida State Senate, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Rick Scott, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jeff Flake, Theodore Yoho,...

Ban Styrofoam! *** Have major food chains switch to a healthier, renewable resource.

Styrofoam is extremely bad for not only our personal health but the health of our planet as a whole.        It is 2017 and we are supposed to be one of the worlds most progressive countries, it is absurd that we are still using such a harmful material on such a massive scale.        For the love of life, god, and future generations to come, please take a moment to read what I have prepared and consider the detrimental effects of a simple everyday action such as drinking from a styrofoam cup when multiplied by billions of consumers.                                     IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT   "Americans throw away an estimated 25 billion styrofoam cups a year (about 82 per person). The EPA stated that of the 3 million tons of polystyrene (the main chemical used to make styrofoam) produced in America each year, 2.3 ends up in landfills. Leaving us to wonder how much ends up in our waterways.           The technology to recycle styrofoam does exist but the cost of the process is far too high to make it worth it for collectors. As of 2001, the American Chemistry Council stated that one percent of polystyrene actually gets recycled in the U.S. -(Canada.com/life/forever/styrofoam+dilemma/1522634/story) Styrofoam is NON - BIODEGRADABLE,  this material appears to last forever taking hundreds of years to break down. When the particles do eventually break down it is predicted that many of the toxic chemicals used to make styrofoam will be released into our environment. Another factor is that styrofoam is so light, it, therefore floats meaning that over time a great deal of polystyrene has accumulated along coasts and waterways, causing all sorts of negative effects including various birds and marine life mistaking it as food, who knows the adverse effects this ripple in the food chain could have. The manufacturing process alone is terrible for our land air and water, to start, Styrofoam is made with petroleum which is a non-sustainable resource and creates heavy pollution in its own production process. The "National Bureau of Standards Center for Fire Research" noted 57 chemical byproducts released during the creation of styrofoam, not only polluting the air but also producing loads of solid and liquid waste that need disposal. Styrofoam is also manufactured using HFC's (HydroFlourideCarbons) which have been proven to have negative impacts on the atmosphere and O-zone layer. they are believed to be a significant contribution to global warming. -(http://www.earthresource.org/campaigns/capp/capp-styrofoam.html IMPACTS ON OUR PERSONAL HEALTH   Styrofoam is made from "Polystyrene" a petroleum based plastic, Styrene the fundamental ingredient used to make polystyrene and has been classified as a possible human carcinogen by the EPA (environmental protection agency). -(Cleanbayarea.com/recycling-environment/how-styrofoam-is-bad-for-the-environment)   Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) stated  - " As you drink your steaming coffee or spoon your soup out of a styrofoam cup you also take in doses of chemicals that leach from it, trace amounts of styrene as well as other chemical additives in polystyrene migrate into your food or beverage. This effect increases significantly with hot foods and beverages". She states "this is definitely a problem due to the fact that polystyrene is so commonly used as disposable packaging for hot food and beverages and has been for years!" -(Bottomlineinc.com/styrofoam-really-is-bad-for-your-health)  Imagine the effects of these small yet constant doses of toxins that the average American is taking in every day and we wonder why cancer is so common?! Not only is it unhealthy for the people using the product but workers in the manufacturing process take a much worse hit, exposure to chemicals such as styrene (which happens to be the main building block for many other materials such as plastics, rubbers, and resins) have been shown to cause acute health effects including irritation of the skin, eyes, and upper respiratory tract, as well as gastrointestinal effects. Not to mention, chronic exposure affects the central nervous system showing symptoms such as depression, headache, fatigue, weakness, and can cause minor effects on kidney function and blood.  The US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration UNSUCCESSFULLY (a federal court overturned the ruling in 1992) tried to limit the amount of worker exposure to styrene to 50 parts per million (ppm). According to the Styrene Information and Research Center (SIRC), they still encourage their member companies to comply with the 50 ppm exposure limit. WHAT WE CAN DO   There are many cheap and renewable resources that could easily replace this deadly material, including, but not limited to, Post-consumer recycled paper, Hemp, Bamboo and Corn plastics, just to name a few.       - Dear Common Citizens,                                                BoyCott Styrofoam! I know it's easier said than done but with a little bit of effort we can each make a big difference with our everyday choices, your dollar is your vote and when we support these corporations and establishments that use styrofoam we are directly enabling its production. PLEASE, remember to let your favorite restaurant or coffee shop know why you have stopped coming by! The more they see it directly affecting their business the more inclined they will be to make the switch to a recyclable and eco-friendly to-go container option. A very clever way to avoid using styrofoam and also enjoy eating out is to bring your own re-usable to-go go container out with you. Not only does this prevent your waste but it also raises awareness on the issue, as people see something out of the ordinary and proceed to give you a weird look, be sure to explain yourself, who knows? You might make a positive difference!       - Dear Politicians, C.E.O.s, and people in positions of power,    I hate to say it because I am sure you are already well aware and I truly hope that you would live up to the following statement but the current state of our planet shows me otherwise. It is in YOUR hands, more so than the average working class citizen, more so than the millions of newborn children, and more so than I,  to do WHATEVER it is in YOUR POWER to make a change. The FATE of the entire human race, generations to come, and the planet as a whole lay within the choices you make and what you choose to do with your time and money. PLEASE focus on what is important. money, there are things far more important, and if you don't believe me, I'm sure you will soon enough.      RESPONSIBILITY - the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.      Thank you for your time, and please consider signing this petition and doing anything in your personal power to help raise awareness for this cause and issue.                   With immense love and sincerity, Leonard Musselle III                   The Boycott Styrofoam movement, as well as myself, can be reached at - www.facebook.com/BoycottStyrofoam or Lmusselle@yahoo.com, please contact us for more information on how to get involved, or any ways that we can be more involved, we are looking to establish connections in different communities in order to spread awareness and truly make an effect.

Boycott Styrofoam
306 supporters
Petitioning Chick-Fil-A, Sonic Drive-In, Donald J. Trump

No more styrofoam

Although plastic is a huge problem for our environment, EPS (expanded polystyrene), also known by its brand name Styrofoam, is overlooked at as an evil to this world’s natural makeup. Unlike typical plastic which can take roughly 400 years to naturally decompose, styrofoam is completely non-biodegradable making it extremely harmful to our environment. Even when it is put into landfills, it can easily be swept away because it is so lightweight and be swallowed by not only land animals, but also sea animals when it is swept into the water. Due to it being absorbent it also carries other harmful pollutants. Not only is it bad for the environment but it is Can also be bad for our health. It contains strands of styrene — which in the final blend is not harmful when made into polystyrene (the main ingredient in styrofoam) — but when heated Can leak out and contaminate the food in the container which is then harmful. Benzene is also a key ingredient in styrofoam and in severe cases has been shown to lead to leukemia. Lastly, Styrofoam is made with petroleum which is a non sustainable resource and helps accelerate climate change. Many places have already switched to not using styrofoam and some even offer their customers the chance to but reusable cups like Starbucks; New York City has banned the use of styrofoam, now everyone else just needs to follow suit. Getting rid of EPS completely is unrealistic but diminishing the usage of it can help the environment and our health, no slush is worth harming our bodies and the environment. 

Catie Stacy
310 supporters
Petitioning Chick-Fil-A, Sonic Drive-In, Whataburger

CHICK-FIL-A, WHATABURGER, SONIC: Stop using styrofoam cups!

The movement against single-use plastic has taken the world by storm, as the Plastic Pollution Coalition predicts the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050. However, this movement has diverted deserved attention away from one horrific manufacturing material still used heavily in the fast-food industry: styrofoam. Fast-food chains such as Chick-Fil-A, Whataburger, and Sonic have relied on styrofoam cups for decades, but as our earth rots with the remnants of the non-recyclable and non-biodegradable pollutant, it is time for that to change.  America alone disposes of 25 billion styrofoam cups annually, and what’s worse is that all of these cups are non-biodegradable and non-recyclable; researchers estimate it takes over 500 years for styrofoam to decompose, and fills up 30% of the landfill. Additionally, when styrofoam is exposed to sunlight it releases toxic, ozone-depleting chemicals that can cause both environmental and respiratory issues. Styrofoam production is also environmentally damaging, with the styrofoam industry being the fifth largest producer of toxic waste in 1986, and exposes workers to a confirmed lab animal and possible human carcinogen.  The most readily available, viable alternative is paper, as it would be not only recyclable but also biodegradable; even if a paper cup did end up in a landfill it would decompose much faster than plastic or styrofoam without the risk of releasing toxic chemicals. McDonald’s switched to paper cups in 2014, and since then Wendy’s, Subway, and many others have joined them by switching from styrofoam to paper cups. Chick-Fil-A, Whataburger, and Sonic, it is your turn to do the same.   Sign the petition for Chick-Fil-A, Whataburger, and Sonic to stop using styrofoam cups and switch to paper. Our planet needs your help!

The Green Ref
193 supporters
Stop using Styrofoam cups

There is a great deal of information in the marketplace about what products are best for our environment, and we know there is no perfect product today. You will find debate around which product is most beneficial or most detrimental. For instance, while foam cups are recyclable, it can be a challenge to find centers that will accept them. On the other hand, paper packaging requires the harvesting of trees and generate about 181% more solid waste by weight than a comparable foam cup. Like many other restaurants, SONIC does use foam cups based on attributes customers desire, including lack of condensation or “sweating” and the superior ability to keep drinks cold or hot. We are always evaluating how we can be best serve our customers and on this topic consider such things as consumer preference, available supply, cost, environmental impact and public opinion. We appreciate your feedback and will consider it we consider packaging choices for our products.

5 years ago
Stop using Styrofoam cups

There is a great deal of information in the marketplace about what products are best for our environment, and we know there is no perfect product today. You will find debate around which product is greatest or most detrimental. For instance, while foam cups are recyclable, it can be a challenge to find centers that will accept them. On the other hand, paper packaging requires the harvesting of trees and generate about 181% more solid waste by weight than a comparable foam cup. Like many other restaurants, SONIC does use foam cups based on attributes customers desire, including lack of condensation or “sweating” and the superior ability to keep drinks cold or hot. We are always evaluating how we can be best serve our customers and on this topic consider such things as consumer preference, available supply, cost, environmental impact and public opinion. We appreciate your feedback and will consider it we consider packaging choices for our products.

5 years ago