Make Jacksonville, Florida a plastic straw free city!

Make Jacksonville, Florida a plastic straw free city!

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Donna Kelley started this petition to Mayor Lenny Curry

Plastic Straws. Most people use them every day without a second though.  But think about this, according to the National Park Service, Americans use between 390-500 million plastic straws every day!  That’s enough to fill up to 125 school buses.   That’s EVERY SINGLE DAY!  So what happens to all those straws?  They go right into the trash.  They end up in landfills, on our beaches and in our oceans.  Plastic straws are one of the top 5 trash items found in coastal cleanups.   Plastic is not biodegradable and much of it isn’t recyclable.  And it is killing our animals and oceans.  In 2015 National Geographic published an article with the results of a 4 year study of ocean trash.  5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris is estimated to be floating on the surface of the ocean. This is ingested by all types of animals, the numbers vary, but if you look at the low end 44% of sea birds and 30% of sea turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs.  This plastic leads to the death of many of these animals.  I worked in the area of animal rescue for many years and saw the devastating result of plastic trash many times.  Straws are just one aspect of the plastic problem we face, but it’s something we as a local community can do something about.  Numerous cities throughout the country have taken this extremely important step and I believe we should as well.  By becoming a plastic straw free city we can make a positive impact on the environment and set an example for other communities.  An example I believe is crucial to saving our precious environment.  Please consider signing and passing along this petition so Jacksonville can take this important step in helping our environment. 

 

 

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