The Last Straw: Ban plastic straws from London businesses

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Борис Юркевич
3 years ago
Straws should be given only to people with disabilities.

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N A
3 years ago
So many of my friends & family mindlessly use plastic straws without knowing the damage they are doing to the environment! It’s a simple awareness issue that just needs to be shown to people how much hurt it’s causing!

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Shannon McCloy
3 years ago
I am writing every Governor, Senator, and State Representative, and 100 of the largest fast food chains. The current world situation regarding plastics is not urgent, rather it is dire. In the interest of public health, I am urging all 50 U.S. governors to declare a “State of Emergency.” As such, to require that the entire population bring their own cups, straws, and silverware to food establishments—single use plastic-ware banned effective immediately from food establishments and all retailers. Ban Styrofoam take out containers effective immediately. (This sounds shocking, but this is necessary until bioplastics are the norm. Further, it solicits needed public awareness of the global crisis threatening humanity.)

Every year, $15 billion in food packaging is sold in the US, including nearly 39 billion pieces of disposable cutlery, more than 113 billion disposable cups and nearly 29 billion disposable plates.

Additionally, we cannot live without a healthy ocean, as it provides 80% of oxygen and cools the earth’s temperature. The acidity of the oceans and death of the coral reef have brought the world to a crisis.

The Plastics Manufacturers are culpable for tainting the entire food chain. Microplastics are undeniably in the food, air, soil, filtered water, and within us—even newborns. That alone is the reason to stop the hemorrhaging of plastics with a tourniquet and declare a “State of Emergency” with a total ban on consumer use of single use plastic-ware and Styrofoam.


Here is some informative reading:
1) http://plastic-pollution.org
[Identifies what's happening]

2) www.ask.com How many tons of plastic are disposed each year? What is the weight of the entire human race?
[Identifies more of what's happening]

3) www.ask.com What's the difference between plastic and bioplastic?
[Distinguishes between toxic vs. non-toxic]

4) https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/
[Identifies specific numbers and figures]

5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29721401
[Identifies health problems]

6) https://biosciences.exeter.ac.uk/documents/Micro-and_Nano-plastics_and_Human_Health_Galloway.pdf
[Identifies health problems]

7) http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-3927_en.htm
[Europe is waking-up to the new world problem of "single use plastics"]

8) https://recyclingtechnologies.co.uk/2018/03/bbc-solving-worlds-plastic-problem/
[The output is largely overwhelming, making it difficult to recycle the total quantity. A total paradigm shift is needed towards eliminating "single use plastics"]

9) http://www.dw.com/en/g7-minus-two-leaders-agree-to-ocean-plastics-charter/a-44107774
[The world announces their concerns at the G7 meeting]

***10) https://onedrive.live.com/View.aspx?resid=771E4C103AC5CB57!134&app=Excel&authkey=!AEymTPj93-QHg_k
[A very important spreadsheet. Despite a lot of headlines about regulation, here's the reality in this spreadsheet. It shows the SPARCE legislative process globally. A lot of piecemeal legislation won't begin until 2030. Not good enough! Reveals the urgent pressure on corporations to self-regulate. And I mean next year! Not 3-12 years away.]


***11) https://www.designnews.com/materials-assembly/bioplastics-get-tougher-and-greener/152608211258669
[On the bright note, these concept products "could be" our future. A lack of time and a lack of change are the obstacles. Let's ban single use plastic items for the food industry as the first step.]

Let’s do more to educate an ignorant public as well as the media.
And finally, let's keep our eye on the emerging bioplastics field for changes in material sciences particularly surrounding "packaging." This includes Bioplastics News and Bioplastics Magazine.
12) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_largest_fast_food_restaurant_chains
reveals the thousands and thousands of number of locations of the top food chains. The impact of single use plastic-ware and Styrofoam is enormous.

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Shannon McCloy
3 years ago
Calling all lawyers: sue the Plastics Manufacturers like big tobacco! 1) They need to fund & coordinate STANDARDIZED INTERNATIONAL RECYLING to be separated by advanced robotics (& standardized curbside pick-up in developed countries); 2) They need to barcode 100% of ALL plastics world-wide; 3) They need to make 100% recycling a viable choice (which it isn't currently) prompted by a strict tax to consumers on ALL plastics (to go to a global trust fund); 4) Ban plastics that are inferior non-recyclables & switch to bioplastics (i.e. all packaging, food packaging, & produce bags); 5) Plastics Manufacturers need to be 100% capable of environmentally repurposing their recycled materials (so not burning or burying, nor producing too much); 6) They need to make biological products for consumers, distributors, and grocery chains at lower prices than synthetics--or move aside and go bankrupt allowing for better companies to innovate; 7) And, most important, Plastics Manufacturers need to pay for the clean-up of the oceans [open source public volunteers to sign-up online for community service hours as a world-wide effort. There are 7 billion of us and I would help give 7 hours. Just think what 7 billion people could do in 7 hours for “World Clean-Up Day.” But it should be ongoing 365 days per year.]. Know that if you test your blood and various organ tissues (such as liver, kidneys, pancreas, brain), you will find not only microplastic, but stored inside you and your family's tissues are numerous toxic chemicals and flame retardants that attaches to plastic, such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), perfluorinated compounds (PFC), plychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), BPA and many more. These are endocrine disruptors. It's in the filtered water, seafood, animals, dairy, salt, and fish oil. But microplastics are also in the rain, soil, honey, sugar, breast milk, the air, and accumulating within our body organs. How do we get out of this "human global crisis?" Start by suing Plastics Manufacturers for these immediate changes internationally. If you work for a corporation, ask yourself, could we use paper, metals, or glass instead--or newly invented biological plastics (not petroleum synthetics)? Could we tax 100% of ALL synthetic plastics prompting 100% recycling back to the manufacturers? Yes, of course, people will only recycle for a return of their money! (Visit https://star-board.blue/global-plastics-matrix/ for a view of world-wide efforts.) The entire human race weighs 300 million tons. 300+ million tons of plastics are produced annually, and 90% is not being recycled by the industry. 9 billion tons has been made since the 1960’s. 9 billion--that’s the entire human race multiplied by 30 times—not recycled. It's still here and everywhere microscopically. Please push for these changes. Please contact your state senators, state representatives, and state governor (or contact all 5,500 across the U.S.).

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Shannon McCloy
3 years ago
Calling all lawyers: sue the Plastics Manufacturers like big tobacco! 1) They need to fund & coordinate STANDARDIZED INTERNATIONAL RECYLING to be separated by advanced robotics (& standardized curbside pick-up in developed countries); 2) They need to barcode 100% of ALL plastics world-wide; 3) They need to make 100% recycling a viable choice (which it isn't currently) prompted by a strict tax to consumers on ALL plastics (to go to a global trust fund); 4) Ban plastics that are inferior non-recyclables & switch to bioplastics (i.e. all packaging, food packaging, & produce bags); 5) Plastics Manufacturers need to be 100% capable of environmentally repurposing their recycled materials (so not burning or burying, nor producing too much); 6) They need to make biological products for consumers, distributors, and grocery chains at lower prices than synthetics--or move aside and go bankrupt allowing for better companies to innovate; 7) And, most important, Plastics Manufacturers need to pay for the clean-up of the oceans [open source public volunteers to sign-up online for community service hours as a world-wide effort. There are 7 billion of us and I would help give 7 hours. Just think what 7 billion people could do in 7 hours for “World Clean-Up Day.” But it should be ongoing 365 days per year.]. Know that if you test your blood and various organ tissues (such as liver, kidneys, pancreas, brain), you will find not only microplastic, but stored inside you and your family's tissues are numerous toxic chemicals and flame retardants that attaches to plastic, such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), perfluorinated compounds (PFC), plychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), BPA and many more. These are endocrine disruptors. It's in the filtered water, seafood, animals, dairy, salt, and fish oil. But microplastics are also in the rain, soil, honey, sugar, breast milk, the air, and accumulating within our body organs. How do we get out of this "human global crisis?" Start by suing Plastics Manufacturers for these immediate changes internationally. If you work for a corporation, ask yourself, could we use paper, metals, or glass instead--or newly invented biological plastics (not petroleum synthetics)? Could we tax 100% of ALL synthetic plastics prompting 100% recycling back to the manufacturers? Yes, of course, people will only recycle for a return of their money! (Visit https://star-board.blue/global-plastics-matrix/ for a view of world-wide efforts.) The entire human race weighs 300 million tons. 300+ million tons of plastics are produced annually, and 90% is not being recycled by the industry. 9 billion tons has been made since the 1960’s. 9 billion--that’s the entire human race multiplied by 30 times—not recycled. It's still here and everywhere microscopically. Please push for these changes. Please contact your state senators, state representatives, and state governor (or contact all 5,500 across the U.S.).

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Emmy Boucher
3 years ago
We must all work together and stop using plastic to save our planet!

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Shannon McCloy
3 years ago
Calling all lawyers: sue the Plastics Manufacturers like big tobacco! They need to make biological products for consumers, distributors, and grocery chains; they need to fund & coordinate standardized international recycling to be separated by advanced robotics; they need to barcode ALL plastics; they need to make 100% recycling a viable choice (which it isn't currently) prompted by a tax to consumers on ALL plastics (my co-workers only recycle for profit). Ban non-recyclables. And Plastics Manufacturers need to pay for the clean-up of the oceans. If you test your blood and various organ tissues (such as liver,kidneys, pancreas, brain), you will find not only microplastic, but stored inside you and your family's tissues are numerous toxic chemicals and flame retardants that attaches to plastic, such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), perfluorinated compounds (PFC), plychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), and many more. These are endocrine disruptors. It's in the water, seafood, animals, rain, soil, honey, sugar, salt, fish oil, and God help us--in our bodies and the air. How do get out of this "human global crisis?" Start by suing Plastics Manufacturers for these immediate changes. If you work for a corporation, ask yourself, could we use paper, metals, or glass instead? Could we tax ALL plastics prompting recycling back to the manufacturers? Yes, of course, people will recycle for a return of their money!

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Julia Pilkington
3 years ago
We all know that creatures suffer terrible injuries caused by humans leaving plastic rubbish around all the time so the least we can do is try to minimise this by banning plastic. We cause the problems so we need to end it. It can be done. Ban all plastic drinking straws.

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Theresa Venn
3 years ago
I see the plastic washed up on the beach on a daily basis. We need to do everything we can to stop the use of plastic straws as well as all other single use plastic - knives, forks, spoons provided by M&S, Waitrose and Pret amongst others.

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Michele du Moulin
4 years ago
We don't need no stinkin' straws. Neither do the turtles and stingrays.