Replace plastic straws!

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500 million straws are thrown away each day, just in the US alone, continually ending up in our oceans and on the recreational beaches. Some people say that they do not contribute to this pollution because they do not dump their plastic into the ocean. Although you may not directly dump your plastic straws right into the ocean, your plastic waste does end up in the ocean when your plastic gets to the landfill. This constant dumping of plastic into our waterways is rapidly depleting the aquatic life in oceans. By the year of 2050, there is expected to be more plastic waste than fish in the ocean, according to Ellen MacArthur (a retired sailor & founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation). Plastic straws contain BPA (Bisphenol A), which is an industrial chemical that is colorless, and poorly soluble in water. When the fish are exposed to the toxins, they acquire them, then we eat the fish, taking in a much higher and stronger concentration of BPA via bio magnification. Aside from the dangers that this plastic poses to humans, the effects they have on aquatic life is detrimental. The straws are ingested by different species of sea life that then suffocate on the straws and killing the animals. Fish in the North Pacific Ocean alone ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year.

Currently, McDonald's is trying to change their ways. The sheer size of their company, 36,899 restaurants worldwide, puts a barrier between even making small changes in their policies like straws. That is no excuse. They can simply reduce the amount of straws that are given out. Not giving out straws and lids to the cups for the drive through will cause a major reduction in their plastic wastes. Straws and lids are not needed when dining in, so why not ban the use of them? McDonald's is one of the leading distributors of papers straws around the globe. McDonald's is striving to better their ways and to become more eco-friendly. The McDonald's in the UK are already banning the use of plastic straws in their 1,300 restaurants, which would reduce the 8.5 billion single-use straws that are used across the U.K. each year. Moving into the use of paper straws would create a huge difference because they require 68% fewer fossil fuel resources to produce than traditional plastic. Also, they would be able to decompose rather than proposing a threat to our environment, such as going into the noses of turtles and the guts of fish. Overall, these companies can make a difference and together we can work to change the old ways and help preserve our beautiful ecosystems. If we continue to use plastic straws and throw them away, this is what we are going to have to do to every animal that comes into contact with plastic straws. Please sign this petition and join our journey so we can get rid of plastic straws!