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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
169,354 supporters
Petitioning Subway

Subway: Help End Plastic Pollution, Adopt a "Straw Upon Request" Policy

When I first saw the viral video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril and throat, I was speechless. I had known that plastic waste was a problem, but never so deeply understood the harm it causes to those around us. Inspired, I started a petition with my school's environmental club asking my state to adopt a “straw upon request” policy. But soon I realized that wasn’t enough: we need the restaurant industry to do its part in controlling the plastic waste that plagues our oceans. Marine experts say that if we don't curb plastic waste, the majority of which is made up up single-use straws, by 2050 there might be more plastic in our oceans than fish. That’s unacceptable. Restaurant's like Ted's Montana Grill and Bon Appetit have ended their use of plastic straws, and just this month shareholders at McDonald's considered a ban on plastic straws in their restaurants. It’s time that Subway Restaurants, one of the largest fast-food chains in the U.S. and an environmental leader in the fast-food industry, follow suit. With nearly 45,000 locations in the U.S. alone, their ability to make a dent in curbing plastic waste is tremendous. Subway has already taken steps to reduce their waste: their napkins are made with 100% recycled fiber, their salad bowls were redesigned to remove 2.62 million pounds of plastic from their waste stream, and they have changed the design of their cup carriers to save thousands of trees per year. It's clear the restaurant chain wants to be known for its environmental sustainability ― but their use of plastic straws is still an issue. As one of the most influential restaurant chains in America, the number of plastic straws they use ― and the number that end up in our oceans, swallowed by sea turtles ― is concerning. Why not take a bold step and implement a "straw upon request" policy in their stores? With this policy, the use of straws are still available to those who require it to drink, such as children or those with physical disabilities. This subtle change would not greatly reduce the unnecessary use of straws, but also bring attention to the urgency of the battle against plastic pollution. Please urge Subway to help end plastic straw waste by implementing a plastic "straw upon request" policy.

Chelsea Chan
143,248 supporters
Petitioning Subway

Subway: Stop supporting cruelty to chickens!

For quite some time, Subway’s footlongs have been a regular lunch time go-to for myself and many others. As a busy student, it’s important for me to have access to food that works for my budget as well as my health. Until now I was under the impression that Subway was the solution. Unfortunately, I will no longer be eating at Subway. The reason I have chosen to boycott Subway is because I recently found out that the chickens in its supply chain endure horrific abuse and cruelty. Chickens raised for Subway's supply chain spend the majority of their lives crammed inside filthy, windowless sheds by the tens of thousands. They are bred to grow grotesquely large at an unnaturally fast rate and are violently shackled, electrocuted, and slit at their throats while fully conscious. These abuses are not what you’d expect from a restaurant chain that prides itself on food quality, but they’re the sad reality for chickens raised for Subway’s supply chain. Fortunately, several major restaurant chains have released comprehensive chicken welfare policies to address the myriad forms of cruelty to chickens in their supply chains. Some of these companies include Quiznos, Chipotle, Shake Shack, and Starbucks. Until Subway joins its competitors and commits to addressing the cruelty in its supply chain, I hope you will join me in boycotting Subway! It’s time for Subway to release a policy to provide birds with more space and a clean, naturally lit environment, shift away from fast-growing breeds of birds, and eliminate live-shackle slaughter methods. Please, sign my petition and let Subway know that you won’t be dining with them until they adopt a meaningful animal welfare policy that spares birds from the worst abuses they currently endure in its supply chain.

Lia Hyman & The Humane League
53,310 supporters
Petitioning Subway

Subway: Queremos um Sanduíche Vegano!

Subway: incluam sanduíches veganos no cardápio! Meu nome é Mônica Buava, desde cedo gosto muito de frango, porco e boi, porém, vivos e livres! Aos 16 anos, descobri as crueldades da indústria da carne e me tornei vegetariana, aos 19, percebi que a situação era a mesma com a indústria de ovos e laticínios, por isso, decidi me tornar vegana! Há anos atrás, era muito difícil encontrar opções para comer, porém, a tendência ao vegetarianismo e veganismo fizeram com que os restaurantes, bares e lanchonetes passassem a oferecer opções sem carne, leite e ovos. Precisamos que a rede Subway adote essa medida e crie opções veganas! Já somos cerca de 7 milhões de veganos e queremos que uma das maiores redes de lanchonetes nos respeite e lembrem de nós. As opções são simples: ou o Subway lança as opções veganas, ou ficará atrasado e excluirá parte da população. Vale lembrar que muitos de nós são intolerantes à lactose e o sanduíche “vegetariano” leva queijo! Tudo o que estamos pedindo é que essa crescente fatia da população, da qual faço parte, tenha uma boa opção para comer quando vai a uma das centenas unidades do Subway espalhadas pelo Brasil. Assine e divulgue para mostrar que você se importa com os animais - e com o nosso direito a ter o que comer quando vamos a uma lanchonete! Esta é uma luta conjunta da Sociedade Vegetariana, Portal Vista-se e Vegetarirango. Petição vinculada: Giraffas: incluam opções veganas no cardápio!

Mônica Buava, com a Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira
68,165 supporters
Petitioning Subway

Subway - Stop Using King's Hawaiian Bread That Contains Azodicarbonamide

Hi there, this is Stephanie from The Food for Thought. I recently discovered that Subway is now using a bread that contains extremely harmful additives that are not used – and in some cases banned – in other countries. That bread is an iconic American brand: Hawaiian Kings Bread. Hawaiian Kings Bread US contains ingredients we typically wouldn’t find in bread: calcium silicate (which is typically used as an insulation material), calcium stearate (the main component of soap scum), and monocalcium phosphate (commonly used in fertilizers). They all are GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the FDA, but it’s still unsettling that the same additives we’re eating are being used in these non-food applications. These types of products go against Subway’s “Fresh Now” pledge. As part of this pledge, the fresh vegetable display case was installed in certain locations behind the sandwich line. “Five decades of slicing vegetables in-house didn’t resonate until customers could see it.” This is not the first time Subway is using bread with toxic additives. The Food Babe called upon Subway to stop using dangerous chemicals in its bread in 2013.   It’s time we demand Subway uphold its pledge “We care about food. Where it comes from and how it nourishes us is just as important as how it tastes." That's why I'm petitioning Subway to stop serving King’s Hawaiian Bread that includes dangerous and unhealthy additives. Here are the reasons I'm asking Subway to stop using King’s Hawaiian Bread for its sandwiches. Contains Azodicarbonamide: > The exact same ingredient the Food Babe petitioned Subway to stop using because it’s the same chemical used to make yoga mats and shoe rubber Contains trans-fats: > Which Subway states clearly they provide nutritionally balanced sandwiches Free of artificial trans fat-free (no partially-hydrogenated oil).> Unfortunately, there is an FDA loophole when it comes to trans-fats. If the amount of trans-fat in a product is less than half a gram per serving, manufacturers can round it down to 0.> But even 0.49 grams of trans-fat is bad for you. Contains Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Monoglycerides: > This is a dough conditioner used to improve volume and uniformity in breads. DATEM is considered safe by the FDA, but a study on rats showed “heart muscle fibrosis and adrenal overgrowth.” Contains glycerides: > Mono and diglycerides are commonly used in processed foods to maintain stability in liquid products and "improve" quality in baked goods. > These glycerides could be created using both hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils or animal fats. In theory, this may transfer a small amount of trans fats into the product. The glycerides are synthesized into phosphates by reacting with phosphorus pentoxide, a potential environmental hazard. But that's only part of the problem . . . > The presence of mono and diglycerides should discourage you from buying a product for more than just these reasons: their inclusion in a product indicates that it is industrially processed. Contains calcium stearate (the main component of soap scum): > Require a warning label in other countries outside the US. > Have been banned in countries like Norway and Austria (and are being phased out in the UK). > Cause an increase in hyperactivity in children. > Have a negative impact on children’s ability to learn. > Have been linked to long-term health problems such as asthma, skin rashes, and migraines. > Add absolutely no nutritional value to the foods we are eating and are solely used for aesthetic purposes only.   Everyone deserves to know the truth. Subway was endorsed by the former First Lady of the United States saying every single item on the kid’s menu met the “highest nutrition standards.” If Subway upholds their nutritional and safety pledge to customers, this could inspire other chains across the US to finally eliminate products that included dangerous and unhealthy ingredients once and for all. Join me now and sign this petition.  Together we can make a difference. King’s Hawaiin Bread Honey Wheat Dinner RollsIngredientsPer roll (28 g): 100 calories, 2 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 90 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (1 g fibre, 6 g sugar), 3 g protein King’s Hawaiian Hamburger Buns Per 1 bun (46 g): 150 calories, 3.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (1 g fibre, 9 g sugar), 4 g protein Who should get the award for worst bread? The King’s Hawaiian bakers or their food scientists? These buns are a conglomerate of nearly 50 chemicals, additives, and preservatives. Sugar, liquid sugar, honey, and invert syrup all contribute to a high sugar content, and there are weight-loss-stifling ingredients like mono- and diglycerides, along with ingredients we typically wouldn’t find in bread: calcium silicate (which is typically used as an insulation material), calcium stearate (the main component of soap scum), and monocalcium phosphate (commonly used in fertilizers). They all are GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the FDA, but it’s still unsettling that the same additives we’re eating are being used in these non-food applications.   News & Sources

Stephanie Davies
2,238 supporters