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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
354,544 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
168,748 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
340,571 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.
146,060 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
93,021 supporters
Petitioning Starbucks, John Hadden

Starbucks hayvanlara kafeslerde eziyet etme! Kafessiz sisteme geç.

Starbucks sıradan bir kahve zinciri değil. Tam tersine, birçok konuda duyarlı ve sürdürülebilirlik iddiasında olan; çağı yakalamaya çalıştığını söyleyen bir marka. Ancak Starbucks, Türkiye'de tedarik zincirindeki yumurtacı tavukların çektiği eziyete hiçbir duyarlılık göstermiyor. Starbucks’ın servis ettiği ürünlerin pek çoğunda (örneğin kekler, kurabiyeler ve hamur işlerinde) aslında eziyet gizli. Starbucks, hayvanları daracık ve pis kafeslere hapseden tesisler ile çalışmaya devam ediyor. Bu kafeslerdeki yaşamı hayal etmek bile insana acı veriyor. Her gün uyandığınızda yalın ayaklarınızın demir tellere bastığını hayal edin. Ayak parmaklarınızın tellerin arasına sıkışmaktan büzüldüğünü... Kafes o kadar dar ki ne kollarınızı açmak mümkün ne de yerde uzanmak. Sürekli tellere sürtünmekten cildiniz kızarmış, sızlıyor. Ömrünüzde bir nefes bile temiz hava soluyamıyorsunuz. Kafesinizdeki hayvanlar stresten sizi gagalamaya başlamış ve kaçacak hiçbir yeriniz yok. Size ayrılan alan, bir A4 kağıt boyutunda. Starbucks tedarik zincirindeki bir tavuk için "hayat" bundan ibaret. Starbucks da bu yaptığının yanlış olduğunu biliyor. Brezilya, Çin, Arjantin dahil dünyanın çoğu ülkesinde kafes sistemini terk edeceğini duyurdu. Ancak Türkiye'de kafes yumurtası kullanmaya devam ediyor; hayvan eziyetinin Türkiye'de yanına kar kalacağını düşünüyor. Oysa Türkiye'de pek çok şirket kafes yumurtasını kullanmayacağını duyurdu. Caffe Nero, Aslı Börek, Divan Grubu, Krispy Kreme ve hatta Burger King ve Popeyes Türkiye'de kafes sistemini terk ediyor. Gelişmiş ülkelerde neredeyse tüm restoran zincirleri %100 kafessiz sisteme dönüşümü başlattı. Starbucks ise Türkiye'de hayvan eziyetini desteklemekte ısrarcı. Starbucks’ın Türkiye’de 400’den fazla mağazası var. Bunların hepsi bulundukları şehirlerin en pahalı yerlerinde. Mağazaların dekorasyonuna çok özenildiği ve buna büyük kaynakların ayrıldığı ortada. Kendi kimliğini de bu doğrultuda çağdaş bir marka olarak anlatmaya çalışıyor. Ancak hayvan eziyetine göz yuman bir markanın çağın gerisinde olduğu açıktır. Starbucks kafes yumurtası kullanan tek zincir değil. Ama Starbucks, Çin ve Brezilya'da kafes sistemini terk edecekken, Türkiye'ye daha kötüsünü layık görmemeli. Benimsediği standartları Türkiye'de de uygulamalı. Kafessiz Türkiye olarak sadece Starbucks'ın değil, kafes yumurtası kullanan diğer firmaların kafes sistemini terk etmesini talep ediyor; onları tarihin doğru tarafında durmaya çağırıyoruz. Eğer siz de kafes eziyetini yanlış buluyorsanız lütfen imzalayın, paylaşın ve Starbucks’ın bu konuda adım atmasını sağlayın. Hep birlikte yüz binlerce hayvanın kanatlarını açabilmesini sağlayalım!

 Kafessiz Türkiye Kafessiz Türkiye

Kafessiz Türkiye
340,571 supporters
Petitioning Kevin Johnson, Starbucks

#UpTheCup: Starbucks Use A Recyclable Paper Cup!

Starbucks produces 4 billion single-use paper cups each year. Unfortunately, they are not recyclable in most places. Despite bold sustainable packaging commitments in 2008 - nearly 13 years ago now - Starbucks has yet to implement a truly recyclable solution. SEAL Impact Team presents UpTheCup, a campaign dedicated to clear up the misconception surrounding the sustainability of Starbucks Cups and paper cups in general.  One of the major drivers of climate change is the greenhouse gas emissions emitted by landfills, which contributes to nearly 15% of the methane emissions in the US. One of the most effective ways to reduce the GHG emissions from the use of paper cups is through recycling. When paper cups are effectively recycled, it can cut around 54% of their GHG emission from each cup's total life cycle. The current design of most cups makes them incapable of being recycled. The paper cups Starbucks currently uses contain a plastic lining, which prevents the cups from being effectively recycled in most places since it gums up the machines and forces workers to manually pull the obstruction from the machine and then send the waste to the landfill. LIMITED AWARENESS OF PAPER CUP PROBLEM There is very little awareness in the US that paper cups are not recyclable. A key goal of the #UpTheCup campaign is to spark awareness within the US like what the “War on Waste” documentary series achieved internationally.   A US-wide consumer survey (sample size of 1,000) conducted by SEAL: Showed that 83% of Starbucks consumers believe their paper cups are recyclable.  Nearly 60% of consumers indicated that news of Starbucks paper cups being non-recyclable would affect their purchasing behavior going forward, thus representing a key business risk. 84% of consumers would like to see a fully recyclable option. 72% showed a strong willingness to pay an extra $0.25 per cup to fund this shift. DEMANDS FOR STARBUCKS' CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER When first investigating the issue of paper cup sustainability further, the SEAL Impact Team was surprised to learn that fully recyclable paper cups are widely in use globally.  These existing recyclable cup options: At production scale, the change in coating is cost neutral Have been proven to be 100% recyclable. Most significantly, this technology has already been adopted internationally (Canada, European Union, South America, and United Kingdom) and at scale by large cup manufacturers  (DetPak, Huhtamaki, Lavazza) and clients (United Airlines, Burger King Australia)  We are requesting that Starbucks implements truly recyclable cups within the next 6 months.  WHAT CAN YOU DO? To support the #UpTheCup campaign, please sign our petition at as the fight to #UpTheCup can only be possible with collective and uniform efforts.  Join us in our cause by using #UpTheCup on all our social media platforms:  Twitter Instagram Facebook LinkedIn Use reusable cupware and dishware when eating out publicly to reduce waste.  

SEAL Awards
71,347 supporters
Petitioning Starbucks, Costa coffee, Cafe Nero

For Starbucks, Costa and Cafe Nero to add baby change facilities in the men's toilets.

I love being a dad but one of the things that frustrates me is that whenever I go out and about it’s often so hard to find a place to change my baby’s nappy. In many places I try, I am told that the only facilities were in the female toilet and that I couldn't use them. The lack of changing facilities in men's toilets means that I have sometimes had to think twice about where I went out with my baby alone. I have been forced to change my baby's nappy in dirty toilets without a clean surface and publicly on restaurant tables, picnic benches and even in the boot of my car.  Three years ago I decided to try and change things and launched a campaign calling for change and we won -- Strada, the Italian restaurant, pledged to add a baby changing unit for everyone (not just mums), in every one of their UK branches! Sadly no-one else followed in their footsteps so everyday dads who want to look after their kids have to make the choice of leaving their child in a dirty nappy, asking a stranger to change their nappy or trying to change in an unsafe way. I’ve created a community of dads called TheDadsnet and we hear, all the time that others haven’t had access to safe and clean places to change their baby’s nappy when out and about in public, including some of the world's biggest coffee shops. Here’s an example: “When we arrived at the hospital my son needed a nappy change. I checked the men’s and disabled toilets for changing facilities to find none. I asked at the information desk where baby changing was and was told it was only in the ladies. I asked where dads were expected to change their babies and was told to ask a nurse to use a side room but not to bank on them allowing it. I ended up changing my son’s nappy on the floor in a corridor.” Dadsnet Member. This isn’t OK - it’s 2019! It’s time for other big companies to follow in Strada’s footsteps and do the right thing - by making gender-neutral changing facilities in every public restaurant, coffee shop, shopping centre, cinema, cafe, pub, sports centre. I’ve created this petition to start with four of the coffee shop giants to install a baby-changing unit in every one of their male toilets across the UK. Please join me….

Al Ferguson
70,001 supporters