Over 500 million plastic straws are produced in the US alone every single day, only to be used for a few minutes before being thrown in the bin or littered. Eventually, millions of these straws end up in our oceans, harming our sea life - as seen in a cringe-inducing video that's gone viral, where a team of scientists pull an entire plastic straw from the nostril of a sea turtle whilst it winces in pain and bleeds.
Whilst our fast food restaurants like Mcdonalds and Wetherspoons are being called on, Tesco is the market leader of supermarkets in the UK and are responsible for selling huge amounts of plastic straws. They've already taken positive steps to combat plastic waste; this year announcing they would switch their plastic cotton bud stems to paper - now it's time for us to tell Tesco to lead the way again and switch out plastic straws to one of the many alternative and environmentally friendly options.
Whilst straws are a necessity to some people, there are several alternatives to plastic straws that can be sold in our supermarkets instead, such as paper, bamboo or metal straws which can be reused or recycled, and don't end up in our oceans and landfill as plastic waste. It is said, there are enough plastic straws to wrap around the earth's circumference 2.5 times a day, and if we don't act fast enough, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. Tesco hold the power in their hands to step up and lead the way as the market leader of supermarkets.
Please sign this petition to tell Tesco to stop selling disposable plastic straws and instead offer an environmentally friendly alternative and start saving wildlife. Let's put the pressure on and make them ditch the plastic!