Down to the Last Straw: Stop Straw Use in Brantford, Ontario, Canada

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There are over 57,000,000 plastic straws thrown out daily in Canada. Not in a year, not in a week, every day. But you might say, "Who cares? I recycle them." But, in reality, straws are made of plastic that is too small and thin to be recycled and, therefore, ends up being thrown in the garbage, or worse, on the ground.

Each straw you use doesn't disappear. It either goes into a landfill, litters the ground, or makes it's way to bodies of water, such as lakes, and more notably, the oceans. These straws, along with other single-use plastics and waste products, are mistaken for food by aquatic life and birds and are ingested. Then, they sit in their stomachs until death. Plastics never decompose; they only break down into microscopic bits of plastic. This trail of micro-plastics is growing astronomically in the Earth's environment.

We need your help. Please sign this petition to help Brantford, Ontario ban the usage of straws and reduce the usage of other single-use plastics. We would like our local government to pass a bylaw that prohibits the commercial usage of the plastic straw.

We aren't the only ones doing this. Cities like Vancouver, New York City, and Seattle are proposing a ban on single-use straws and other plastics.

It's time to start saying 'so long' to straws and start sipping your drink the old fashioned way.

Besides signing this petition, you can help reduce single-use plastics by:

  • Call your city councilors- ask them to ban the straw.
  • Request 'no straw' when ordering a beverage.
  • Use reusable grocery bags.
  • Use a reusable water bottle.
  • Use a reusable and/or biodegradable straw.
  • Use plates and eating utensils that can be washed and re-used. 

 Please watch this video The Sea Turtle with a Straw in its Nostril - No To Single Use Plastics