Help make Changi Airport straw-free!

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Let’s ban plastic straws in Changi Airport, and replace them with reusable/ paper straws that can be provided upon request.

With enough signatories, we may be able to convince Changi!

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Think about the last time you used a plastic straw. How long did you use it for before tossing it?

Regardless of what your answer is, it will pale in comparison to the lifetime of plastic straws: FOREVER.

This is because plastic does not biodegrade—It breaks down into smaller pieces called ‘micro-plastics’. Made from fossil fuels, plastic straws are almost never recycled because they're too small and could be made from several different types of plastic. They simply contribute to the massive problem of plastic pollution; eight million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year

Our excessive use of plastic straws is doing enormous damage to the environment, and specifically our oceans. Water is being polluted and aquatic life is being injured and killed off on a large scale due to the volume of plastic in the ocean.

According to StrawlessOcean.org around 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs and if plastic is ingested, marine life has just a 50% chance of survival.

Every year about 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans and in 2025, the annual input is estimated to be about twice that.

At this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.

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How does Changi Airport come into play?

In 2017, a record-breaking 62.2 million passengers were handled by Changi Airport. That amounts to a humongous amount of footfall in the 140 F&B outlets within the 4 terminals.

Imagine—even if only 10% of passengers used a plastic straw, that is still 6.22 million people using these useless one-use items.

The absentminded usage of plastic straws is an unnecessary habit that can be kicked. Most of us don’t actually need straws—we’re just accustomed to their ubiquitous presence in our lives.

We can drink hot coffee in a mug so why can’t we go straw-free with iced?

If enough of us decide to make this tiny, effortless change in our lives, the benefit to our oceans will be mammoth.

Changi Airport is the world’s best.

But we can make it better.

Let’s ban plastic straws in Changi Airport, and replace them with reusable/ paper straws that can be provided upon request.

We’ll show the world that Changi Airport takes ownership in caring for our only planet.



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