7-Eleven We Believe That You Can #MakeADifference

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Our names are Salma and Amanda, we are 12-year-old girls in grade 7, who are concerned about our environment and we are asking 7-Eleven to make all their cups completely recyclable and compostable.


There are about 60 000 7-Eleven stores spread all across the world. So, 7-Eleven is clearly, one of the largest international chains of convenience stores out there. In the western world, North America alone has about 10,900 stores. While in the East they brag about having more than 9 400 stores just in Thailand. But that’s not even the end of it. In Between the East and the West,7-Eleven has popped up in 18 different countries. That is why we think by trying to make their cups completely recoverable it will have a large effect on the ecosystem and motivate other companies to become more environmentally friendly.


After some research, we have found out some troubling information. Each year, an average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic and drinks 44 gallons of Slurpee. 7-Eleven’s largest cup holds 44 ounces of Slurpee. So, after some math, we have found that around 22% of an American’s waste is from 7-Eleven Slurpees, and remember that's without straws included.


7-Eleven sells around 70 million coffee cups each year and 20 million trees are cut down each year for coffee cups all over the world. By making 7-Eleven’s coffee cups recoverable that number can be reduced.

 

By making completely recoverable Slurpee cups 22% of America's plastic waste will be gone. Imagine how much that will help reduce global warming, climate change, deaths of animals and our health.

 

You would think that because 7-Eleven’s coffee cups are made of paper that they would be recyclable, but you thought wrong. 7-Eleven’s coffee cups are lined with plastic or wax to prevent liquid from seeping through which unfortunately prevents the cups from being recycled everywhere around the world. While the cups are technically recyclable in Canada and the USA other recycling facilities around the world don’t have advanced enough technology to recycle the cups.


This waste is affecting our world negatively and is contributing to climate change. While 7-Eleven has a  day in the year where you can bring your own cup or container and fill it up for $1.50, which is a great start, and they also give an amazing discount to those who bring their own reusable coffee cups, but we  think that they can make it even better by making a discount to people who bring a reusable cup for Slurpees.

 

About 1.1 million cups of coffee leave 7-Eleven stores every day along with plastic bags, straws, forks, Slurpees and other packaged products. Our planet won’t be able to take much more plastic and we urge 7-Eleven to try to make a difference. For us and for future generations.


We are asking 7-Eleven to make all their cups completely recoverable.


Please support us by signing our petition to #MakeADifference, for the sake of the environment and for the next generations to come. We know that you can do it!

-Salma Ahmed and Amanda Ruy-Perez