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Starbucks, we know you can make a #BetterCup

Our names are Mya and Eve and we are 11-year old students in Grade 6 attending school in Calgary. A science project of ours on single-use disposable cups revealed shocking facts and we think it’s time to act. We surveyed 167 people from different backgrounds to know how many single-use cups they throw away. Our findings indicate that on average, 155 cups get thrown in the trash per person, per year. We also did some research and found that 430 billion single-use disposable cups are thrown in the trash each year around the world, this is about 140,000 each second. We also found that every year, Starbucks distributes over 4 billion single-use cups to customers, which means that 1 million trees are cut down to provide the paper. Most people think that these cups are recyclable, but that’s not always true. In Canada alone, over 1.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away each year. These numbers are extremely concerning to us. The waste adds to the landfill and much of it gets incinerated which contributes to climate change. We asked people to bring their own reusable mugs; however, when we look around, many people are still purchasing their coffees without bringing their own mugs. We urge Starbucks to lead the way towards a more sustainable future. We know you can do this! We join other organizations, including Stand Earth, and citizens from around the world, to ask you to: Recommit to 100% recyclable cups. In 2008, you had the goal to serve a recyclable cup by 2015. That did not happen and today, billions of your cups still go straight to the garbage. The plastic lining inside your cups makes it almost impossible to recycle with regular paper. We ask you to please develop a cup that can be recycled across North America and around the world with the existing technology in recycling facilities. Recommit to 25% reusable cups. Reusable cups are the most responsible approach, but currently, we have found that you serve less than 2% of your hot drinks in reusable mugs. Please create more incentives and engage more people in this project. Commit to 100% recycled. Currently, 90% of the paper in each Starbucks cup is made from trees that are cut, used once, and then thrown away. We know you can change this. On the path toward 100% recycled/tree-free cups, Starbucks has the opportunity to be a leader and shift toward more sustainable fiber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Please sign this petition to support our initiative.  For the sake of our forests, our climate, and the only planet we have, it’s time to #BreakFreeFromPlastic and make a #BetterCup. We love our earth, our home. Thank you!

Gina Ko
347,038 supporters
Petitioning Starbucks, McDonald's, Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP, Ed Miliband, Claire Perry MP, Margot James MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Sadiq Khan, Subway, Michael Gove, Greg Clark MP

Ban plastic cutlery and straws in fast-food chains to protect our oceans and marine life.

Globally, we throw away 500 million straws a day and according to, we dump 8 million tonnes of single-use plastic in our oceans yearly. Plastic cutlery and straws have an incredibly short usage time, yet take several 100 years to break down and decompose when they end up in our oceans. No marine species are safe from the toxic impact of the plastic that is heavily polluting our oceans. Straws and cutlery often end up in the digestive systems and in the noses and throats of our marine life, ultimately killing them and contributing to the depletion of already struggling species of fish and marine mammals. Multiple studies have also shown that we too are consuming the plastic fragments ingested by fish. Starbucks, McDonald's and Subway are giants in their fields. They have the power to lead the way in industry-wide change when it comes to the wasteful and toxic throwing away of hundreds of millions of pieces of single-use plastic DAILY. When they make the change, others will be encouraged to follow. If smaller, independent coffee and fast-food stores are able to use paper straws and biodegradable alternatives to plastic cutlery, huge companies like Starbucks and McDonald's most definitely can too. It is thought that if we continue on our current trajectory, by 2050 our oceans could hold more plastic than they do fish. We have to make a change NOW. 

Kirstie Brittain
169,458 supporters
Petitioning Starbucks

Stop Supporting Factory Farm Cruelty

Starbucks is supposed to stand for something more than coffee. They even have an animal welfare policy that claims to opposed cruelty to animals. So why is Starbucks supporting intensive confinement of animals? Battery cage farms cram egg-laying hens into tiny wire cages. With less room than a sheet of computer paper to live in for virtually their entire lives, these poor animals are unable to spread their wings or engage in any of their natural behaviors. This outdated agricultural practice is so cruel that it is already illegal in the entire European Union and several states in the US. Thankfully, we've also seen lots of movement away from battery cages in the private sector, too. In the last few years, some of the worlds largest restaurant chains and food service providers—places like Aramark, Sodexo, McDonalds, and more—have made commitments to phase out this horrible practice from their supply chain. Despite this progress, Starbucks sources the vast majority of their eggs from cruel battery cage farms. Please, sign our petition and let Starbucks know that consumers do not want to be supporting this kind of extreme animal cruelty with their dining dollars. It's time for Starbucks to do the right thing and end their support of farms that still use outdated battery cage systems.

The Humane League
134,926 supporters
Petitioning Starbucks

Replace Plastic Straws with Biodegradable Paper Straws

Plastic straws are one of the most pervasive forms of plastic waste, and incredibly destructive to our oceans and environment. So why are stores like Starbucks giving out straws which get used once, only to end up lodged in a sea turtle’s throat? We live in South Florida and for a recent school project, Davis (13-years-old) and I (Davis’ mom) volunteered on a beach clean up where we saw just how devastating plastic waste is on our shores. In the last 25 years, over 6 million straws and stirrers were removed from beaches during annual cleaning events. We’re asking Starbucks to lead the way and transition away from single use plastic straws. Starbucks has built its reputation as a company concerned about its environmental impact. They recently invested $10 million in designing a more environmentally-friendly cup, and now straws seem like the next logical step. As one of the largest fast-food companies worldwide, it could lead the industry in protecting our oceans. If it's expense that's keeping the company from doing what's right, then we’re sure their customers would be happy to pay an extra 5 cents to ensure that their plastic straw doesn't end up lodged in a sea turtle's throat. During our beach clean up, it seemed like the sandy trash was endless. We need to take better care of our planet to leave a home for future generations – and we’re asking for Starbucks’ help.

Diana and Davis R.
147,373 supporters
Petitioning Starbucks

Starbucks: Stop Supporting Chicken Abuse!

Starbucks is supposed to stand for more than just coffee. It claims to care deeply about its community and social issues. Yet Starbucks doesn’t extend this care to the millions of egg-laying hens suffering in its global supply chain. Starbucks refuses to end its support of farms that confine hens in tiny, filthy cages. These cages are so small and packed with birds that the hens can’t do anything that is natural or important to them. Often, their body parts are caught in the caging, which results in fractured or broken bones, deformities, and severe feather loss. Some hens, exhausted or unable to move, are trampled to death by their cage mates. Hundreds of companies around the world are ditching cages. Global commitments to end cruel cages are being made by some of the largest companies in the world, including General Mills, Unilever, Nestle, Lidl,  Aldi, Wyndham Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels, Aramark, Sodexo, Mondelez, and Compass Group. Even low-end fast food companies and US prisons are moving away from this horrible practice. Starbucks, however, has failed to join this movement towards better treatment of animals globally. In its mission statement, Starbucks states: “Now we see that our responsibility – and our potential for good – is even larger. The world is looking to Starbucks to set the new standard, yet again. We will lead.” Starbucks has fallen behind on animal welfare. The world is now looking to Starbucks to meet basic animal welfare standards and to lead the global restaurant industry in abolishing some of the worst factory farm abuses. Please sign this petition to tell Starbucks that you won’t be purchasing any of its products as until it stops supporting this egregious animal abuse.

The Humane League
196,298 supporters
Petitioning NIKE

Tell These Companies: It's Time To Dump Trump!

Donald Trump's brand is bigoted bullying. His commentary has been increasingly reckless and racially charged -- and his conduct has been exposed as predatory. For example: Trump bragged about sexual assaulting women, claiming that he can get away anything because of his celebrity. Trump attacked Mexicans, calling them "murderers" and "rapists." Trump endorsed and encouraged violence against Black Lives Matter as well as other anti-Trump demonstrators Attacked female critics in the media by suggesting that they were having their period or by explicitly calling them ugly. Said that he would seriously look into getting rid of all the Muslims in the United States. Several weeks after saying that, he put out an official policy that called for banning all Muslims from entering the United States. Trump's conduct has gotten so extreme that even mainstream and venerable news outlets have started comparing his conduct to fascism. Many of Trump's major business already cut ties with him. NBC and Macy's as well as many other companies that do business with Trump ended their relationship over the summer. It's a good start. But there's more work to do. This petition is targeting remaining Trump business associations: 1) Did you know that many of the Trump buildings are not actually owned by Trump? They're actually owned by other property companies and they pay Donald Trump to license his name and put it on the building. These companies should stop paying Trump to use his name and remove his name from their buildings. 2) Over the years, Donald Trump has bragged many times that Gucci and Nike placed their flagship stores in Trump buildings. He's very proud of these stores and these business deals. Donald Trump uses Gucci and Nike's brand recognition to legitimize his bigoted bullying. Gucci and Nike should no longer allow for Trump to do this. They should reconsider their business deals with Donald Trump and begin exploring relocating their flagship stores. 3) Starbucks has coffee shops in Trump properties. Trump's brand is wildly inconsistent with Starbucks' brand. Not only that, but recently Trump actually called for a boycott of Starbucks, claiming that Starbucks was engaging in a war on Christmas. Starbucks should reconsider its business arrangements with Trump and pursue relocating those stores, 4) Kitchen Aid is the named sponsor of the PGA Senior Golf Championship. Donald Trump spent many years lobbying for a major golf tournament and was awarded the 2017 Kitchen Aid PGA Senior Golf Championship. Trump is very proud of this. Kitchen Aid should not allow for Donald Trump's dangerous bigoted bullying to be rewarded. Accordingly, they should push to move the tournament to another location (as many less prestigious golf events have already done). Follow The #DumpTrump Effort On Facebook:

Angelo Carusone
93,413 supporters
Petitioning The Hon Melissa Price MP, Gabrielle Upton MP, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Ltd, Starbucks, McDonalds, 7-Eleven

Warnings on takeaway coffee cups

Over a billion single-use coffee cups end up in landfill each year in Australia and most of the cups that don’t make it into landfill, end up in our environment. Landfill’s greenhouse gases are one of the major factors for climate change and global warming. Coffee cups which don’t make it to landfill end up in our oceans, killing fragile marine life like turtles, dolphins and even whales -- washing up on shore dead with stomachs full of plastic waste. Our waste situation is in crisis and if we don’t do anything about it, it’s only going to get worse. The trouble is that most coffee cups are not recyclable due to a plastic waterproof lining and there is mass confusion about what to do with them. The first option is to avoid this altogether by bringing our own keep cups. Many cafes have signed up to offering a discount if you bring your own cup. But take away coffee cups (and other single-use cups) still persist everywhere. We need clear warnings on these 'so-called' disposable cups. Warning of the danger to the environment, like you see on cigarette packets about cigarettes endangering our health. Warnings on cigarette packaging have worked very well in reducing the rate of smoking which is not considered cool any more. We need the same for takeaway coffee cups. Please, let's have appropriate labelling on takeaway coffee cups now, to inform our behaviour before it’s too late!

Anna Warren
52,761 supporters
Petitioning Starbucks

Starbucks: produziert einen nachhaltigen Kaffeebecher! #BetterCup

Unsere Namen sind Mya und Eve und wir sind 11-jährige Schülerinnen der 6. Klasse einer Schule in Calgary/Kanada. Ein wissenschaftliches Projekt von uns über Einwegbecher zeigte schockierende Fakten und wir denken, dass es Zeit ist zu handeln. Wir haben 167 Menschen mit unterschiedlichem Hintergrund befragt, um herauszufinden, wieviele Einwegbecher sie wegwerfen. Unsere Ergebnisse zeigen, dass durchschnittlich 155 Becher pro Jahr in den Müll geworfen werden. Wir haben außerdem einige Nachforschungen betrieben und festgestellt, dass jedes Jahr 430 Milliarden Einwegbecher in den Müll geworfen werden. Das sind etwa 140.000 pro Sekunde. Weiterhin haben wir festgestellt, dass Starbucks jedes Jahr mehr als 4 Milliarden Einwegbecher an ihre Kund*innen verteilt, was bedeutet, dass 1 Million Bäume zur Bereitstellung des Papiers gefällt werden. Die meisten Leute denken, dass diese Becher recycelbar sind, aber das stimmt nicht immer. Allein in Kanada werden jährlich über 1,5 Milliarden Einwegbecher weggeworfen. Diese Zahlen erscheinen uns ziemlich beunruhigend. Der Abfall wird auf die Deponie gebracht und ein großer Teil davon wird verbrannt, was zum Klimawandel beiträgt. Wir haben Leute gebeten, ihre eigenen wiederverwendbaren Becher mitzubringen. Wenn wir uns jedoch umsehen, kaufen viele immer noch ihren Kaffee, ohne ihre eigenen Becher zu verwenden. Wir fordern Starbucks auf, den Weg in eine nachhaltigere Zukunft zu weisen. - Wir wissen, dass ihr das könnt! Wir schließen uns mit anderen Organisationen, wie etwa Stand Earth, und Bürger*innen aus der ganzen Welt zusammen, um euch zu bitten: Verpflichtet euch zu 100% recycelbaren Bechern. 2008 hattet ihr das Ziel, bis 2015 einen recycelbaren Becher zu servieren. Das ist nicht geschehen und heute gehen Milliarden eurer Becher noch immer direkt in den Müll. Die Kunststoffauskleidung in euren Bechern macht es nahezu unmöglich, sie mit normalem Papier zu recyceln. Wir bitten euch, einen Becher zu entwickeln, der mit der vorhandenen Technologie in Recyclinganlagen in Nordamerika und auf der ganzen Welt recycelt werden kann. Verpflichtet euch zu 25% wiederverwendbaren Bechern. Wiederverwendbare Becher sind der verantwortungsvollste Ansatz, aber derzeit haben wir festgestellt, dass ihr weniger als 2% eurer heißen Getränke in wiederverwendbaren Bechern serviert. Bitte schafft mehr Anreize und involviert mehr Menschen in dieses Projekt. Verpflichtet euch zu 100% Recycling. Gegenwärtig werden 90% des Papiers in jedem Starbucks-Becher aus Bäumen hergestellt, die gefällt, einmal verwendet und dann weggeworfen werden. Wir wissen, dass ihr das ändern könnt! Auf dem Weg zu 100% recycelten/baumfreien Bechern hat Starbucks die Möglichkeit, führend zu sein und sich auf nachhaltigere Fasern zu konzentrieren, die vom Forest Stewardship Council zertifiziert wurden. Bitte unterschreiben Sie diese Petition, um unsere Initiative zu unterstützen. Für unsere Wälder, unser Klima und den einzigen Planeten, den wir haben, ist es Zeit, nachhaltige Becher zu produzieren. Wir lieben unsere Erde, unser Zuhause. Vielen Dank! #BetterCup 

Gina Ko
347,038 supporters
Petitioning Starbucks, Kevin Johnson

Starbucks, sabemos que puedes hacerlo mejor. Fomenta las tazas reutilizables #BetterCup

Somos Eve y Mya, dos niñas de 11 años de Calgary (Canadá). Tras hacer un proyecto de ciencias sobre tazas desechables, creemos que es hora de actuar. En nuestro proyecto encuestamos a 167 personas y descubrimos que, al año, se tiran a la basura 155 tazas por persona. Y que desechamos 140.000 tazas por segundo. Concretamente Starbucks distribuye 4 billones de tazas desechables cada año. Casi todo el mundo piensa que estas tazas son reciclables, pero no siempre lo son. Para conseguir el papel con el que se hacen esas tazas, se talan 1 millón de árboles cada año. Estas cifras nos preocupan mucho. Los desechos se llevan al vertedero y gran parte se incinera, con lo que eso supone para el cambio climático. Firma para pedirle a Starbucks que lidere el camino hacia un futuro más sostenible y fomente en sus establecimientos el uso de las tazas reutilizables. Starbucks, ¡sabemos que tú puedes hacerlo! Starbucks, nos hemos unido a otras organizaciones como  Stand Earth, así como a ciudadanos de todo el mundo, y queremos pedirte lo siguiente: Cumple tu compromiso de hacer reciclables el 100% de tus tazas de un solo uso. En 2008 dijiste que todas tus tazas desechables se podrían reciclar antes de 2015, pero nunca llegaste a cumplirlo. Hoy, billones de tazas siguen yendo directamente a la basura. El forro de plástico que tienen dentro no permite reciclarlas con papel normal. Por favor, usa tazas que sí se puedan reciclar. Comprométete a que el 25% de tus tazas sean reutilizables. Si no todas las tazas pueden ser reutilizables, que al menos lo sean una de cada cuatro. Y que el resto por lo menos se puedan reciclar, como decíamos antes. Hemos descubierto que actualmente sirves menos del 2% de tus bebidas calientes en tazas reutilizables. Por favor, comprométete a llegar al 25%. Comprométete con el reciclaje 100%. Actualmente, el 90% del papel de las tazas de Starbucks está hecho con árboles talados para ello. Y son tazas de usar y tirar. Sabemos que esto puede cambiar. Mientras que trabajas para que tus tazas sean 100% reciclables, cambia el actual material por una fibra más sostenible. Por favor, firma para pedir a Starbucks que se comprometa con nuestra iniciativa y fomente así la seguridad de nuestros bosques, nuestro clima y nuestro planeta, el único que tenemos. Es el momento de crear una #BetterCup (una taza mejor). Queremos a nuestro planeta, es nuestro hogar. ¡Gracias!

Gina Ko
347,038 supporters
Petitioning Starbucks, CEO Howard Schultz and COO Kevin Johnson

Starbucks: Give paid parental leave to dads

I am so disappointed to learn that Starbucks doesn’t offer dads any paid parental leave. Starbucks offers 6 weeks paid parental leave to new moms as well as to adoptive parents - but leaves out birth dads. That doesn’t make any sense!  I'm a new dad, and I love Starbucks. After my son was born, we spent countless afternoons cruising our neighborhood together. We have a regular route, and it always starts with dad getting a little treat at the nearby Starbucks. The staff were always so nice to us, and it was a warm and welcoming environment for a new dad who was often in a sleepless haze.I am asking Starbucks to update its policy to catch up with the modern standard for paid parental leave and include dads.I think of Starbucks as a forward-thinking and modern company - one that would recognize that all parents should be able to be there when a new child arrives. As a father, I know that taking time to bond with a new child is critical for families.As one of the largest employers in the country, I’m asking that Starbucks update their paid parental leave policy to include dads - because it’s good for families, and they’re a great business who has a chance to be even better.If you want to read more about the paid family leave practices at the largest employers in the country, check out the new report by PL+US.

Matt and PL+US
48,421 supporters