Topic

ocean protection

3 petitions

Started 4 months ago

Petition to RIU Hotels & Resorts

Stop Single Use Plastic Straws in RIU Resorts

Within our society exotic destinations are a 5 hour flight away. It is incredible to wake up to snow and go to sleep to sand. However, the impact that all inclusive vacations have on the ecological system within these beautiful resorts is devastating.  Especially as these amazing all inclusive vacations rely on the use of single use plastic straws. Consider this: if 1 vacationer got 5 drinks per day, and there are 1000 vacationers per week, that is a minimum of 35,000 single use straws being dumped into the ocean (please forgive me if the math is bad).   Out of these 35,000 straws it it possible to understand how 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. All for the all inclusive mojitos! I appreciated that Riu has transitioned into reusable plastic cups, from what I could see, however there is still a major issue of these single use plastic straws.  As a major contributor within the all inclusive vacation getaway and resorts, the RIU Hotels & Resorts have the ability to transition into an environmentally friendly organization. This petition is not asking them to alter their strategic goals, simply amend their policies to protect these stunning areas and its wildlife.   This petition it to ask the RIU Hotels & Resorts to begin a “no straw” or "paper straw" policy across their 105 hotels across 19 countries. The impact of single use non-compostable plastic straws is detrimental to the environment, marine, and wildlife. 500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone. That’s 175 Billion a year filtering into landfills (environment) and littering our waterways and oceans (https://thelastplasticstraw.org)   This is because most plastic straws are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorter. They drop through sorting screens and mix with other materials and are too small to separate, contaminating recycling loads or getting disposed as garbage https://www.strawlessocean.org/faq/  The best way to really determine the impact of single use plastic is to take a walk up the beach on your next all inclusive vacation, just past the rows of perfectly manicured beaches and palm trees. Once you "hit the end of the road" you will see that the natural landscape is being used as a dumping ground for hotels, meaning that plastic straw is meters away from the ocean just waiting for a strong wind to blow it in the path of a turtle.  Dear Rui, I love your resorts, but please become a leader in the all inclusive vacation community and transition away from single use plastic! If Starbucks can do it, so can the Riu! 

Christina Motruk
811 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Environment and Climate Change Canada, Foodora , Uber Eats

Save Our Oceans: Say NO to Plastic Utensils

SAVE THE OCEANS: LET'S REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE ONE STEP AT A TIME! Did you know that every year SIX MILLION TONS of Single-Use Plastics get thrown out? Sadly, most of the plastic waste, if it's not sent to recycling centers, end up in landfills and in our beautiful oceans. These plastics end up taking space around 700 marine species in danger of extinction due to the threat of that plastic poses to them from entanglement, pollution, and ingestion. Every year, 300 million tons of plastic materials come into circulation - be it in the form of plastic packaging, utensils, containers, bags, or even clothing. In fact, 85 percent of the world's plastic is not recycled. That means it's to landfills. But that's not where it stays. Where does it end up? The ocean. A recent study found that as much as 80 percent of the trash that ends up in the oceans comes from land-based sources and nearly 90 percent of that is plastic. This totals out to 8.8 million shades of plastic that make them away to the water every single year. Seems like recycling may not be the answer to the unsustainable recycling conundrum; rather, a major reduction of our consumption must happen ... now. Plastic forks, knives and spoons may be convenient, but they are wreaking havoc on our oceans. In fact, six million tons of non-durable plastics are discarded every year. "Unsustainable" means that the plastic has a useful life of fewer than three years. Other examples of non-durable plastics include plastic packaging, trash bags, cups, and more.  That's a whole lot of waste for something that we have to POWER to fix, together! Here's How You Can Stop This Waste How many times did you eat a plastic-wrapped packet of plastic utensils? (Say that five times fast!) Or you brought your lunch to work (high five!) But left your handy dandy metal utensils at home, so you're forced to use the plastic forks and knives from your office's drawers? So what do we do? Refuse plastic utensils, and use your own reusable utensils! Before heading out the door, just throw a fork or spoon in your purse or your lunch bag. Some companies even make pocket utensil sets to carry around! It's that easy. And if anyone questions why you have a fork in your bag, just tell them you're doing it to save the lives of millions of marine animals. Maybe they'll be inspired to do the same! THE MISSION OF THIS PETITION  Your voice matters. Your choices matters. You matter. And nothing matters more than using your voice and choices to affect the world in a positive way! Our goal is to raise awareness about plastic utensils and how they create waste, one that can be easily avoided. This is a global problem but change doesn't have to be complicated nor costly; it can actually be very straight-forward, and even cost-effective. We've created this petition to ask decision-makers to pass legislation that would prevent restaurants from including plastic utensils with their deliveries unless otherwise requested by customers. Many cities have taken bold initiatives banning plastic bags at grocery stores. Let's push this environmental agenda forward one more step, by restricting plastic utensils, or at the very least only make them available for a small additional fee to customers. We believe restaurant owners will not only be able to make a positive impact on their bottom line but also by reducing waste & pollution, helping to save our precious oceans. Help us get our message heard, share it with family & friends & work colleagues, and join us to make this great cause a reality, then have it spread across the country and the rest of the world!

Sundra & Mo Love
8,602 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to Tim Horton's, Daniel Schwartz

Tim Horton's, Switch from Harmful Plastic Straws to a Fully Compostable Alternative

Over 500 million plastic drinking straws are thrown away in the US each day. This is an enormous problem. If you were to line up those 500 million straws end-to-end, they would circle the earth 2.5 times. That's just the amount of straws thrown out in one day, by one country. Plastic drinking straws are often not recyclable due to their size. As a result, billions of them end up in landfills and oceans each year.  The majority of plastic straws used are made from a petroleum based plastic called polypropylene. Making 1000 kg of polypropylene releases 3530 kg of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. This petition was created after another one I created to Starbucks received 150K signatures. Shortly after Starbucks announced that they'd be eliminating plastic straws from all locations. Sign this petition to encourage Timmy's to design new biodegradable drinking straws. Sign this petition to protect the environment. ********************************************************************** Simmilar Petitons:  ·  McDonald's ·  Burger King ·  Subway ·  Wendy's · Edo of Japan ·  New York Fries ·  South St. Burger Co. ·  Starbucks [Victory!] · ********************************************************************** More Reading: https://www.ecowatch.com/eco-friendly-drinking-straw-alternatives-2571689759.html http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2017/1/3/the-problem-of-plastic-straws-and-how-each-of-us-can-make-a-difference https://www.marthastewart.com/1524287/how-to-fight-plastic-pollution-straws https://www.alternet.org/environment/its-time-stop-using-plastic-drinking-straws-theyre-bad-environment-and-harm-wildlife

Ben Duthie
15,531 supporters