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plastic pollution

73 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Subway, Suzanne Greco, Trevor Haynes, Cindy Eadie, Millie Shinn

Subway: Help End Plastic Pollution, Adopt a "Straw Upon Request" Policy

When I first saw the viral video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril and throat, I was speechless. I had known that plastic waste was a problem, but never so deeply understood the harm it causes to those around us. Inspired, I started a petition with my school's environmental club asking my state to adopt a “straw upon request” policy. But soon I realized that wasn’t enough: we need the restaurant industry to do its part in controlling the plastic waste that plagues our oceans. Marine experts say that if we don't curb plastic waste, the majority of which is made up up single-use straws, by 2050 there might be more plastic in our oceans than fish. That’s unacceptable. Restaurant's like Ted's Montana Grill and Bon Appetit have ended their use of plastic straws, and just this month shareholders at McDonald's considered a ban on plastic straws in their restaurants. It’s time that Subway Restaurants, one of the largest fast-food chains in the U.S. and an environmental leader in the fast-food industry, follow suit. With nearly 45,000 locations in the U.S. alone, their ability to make a dent in curbing plastic waste is tremendous. Subway has already taken steps to reduce their waste: their napkins are made with 100% recycled fiber, their salad bowls were redesigned to remove 2.62 million pounds of plastic from their waste stream, and they have changed the design of their cup carriers to save thousands of trees per year. It's clear the restaurant chain wants to be known for its environmental sustainability ― but their use of plastic straws is still an issue. As one of the most influential restaurant chains in America, the number of plastic straws they use ― and the number that end up in our oceans, swallowed by sea turtles ― is concerning. Why not take a bold step and implement a "straw upon request" policy in their stores? With this policy, the use of straws are still available to those who require it to drink, such as children or those with physical disabilities. This subtle change would not greatly reduce the unnecessary use of straws, but also bring attention to the urgency of the battle against plastic pollution. Please urge Subway to help end plastic straw waste by implementing a plastic "straw upon request" policy.

Chelsea Chan
141,668 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to McDonald's, Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mother Nature, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Exchange Disposable Plastic Utensils into Reusable Silverware in McDonald’s Philippines.

EXHALING THE CHANGE  According to PlasticOceans.org, 8 million tonnes of single-use plastic are being dumped yearly. The UN estimates that every year, a third of all food produced is either discarded, by consumers or retailers, or spoiled due to poor handling. The disposable plastic utensils that are being used by the fast food chain, McDonald’s, are easily thrown afterwards without hesitation. These composition of this plastic normally takes 1000 years to decompose in landfills, which results to the interminable pollution in the environment.In our case, students from our school, Colegio San Agustin-Biñan is exposed to the McDonald’s branch located nearby in Southwoods, Biñan, Laguna. This stimulated more students to engage in using disposable plastics from our school. Thus, this became an alarming factor in our community because this accumulated more disposable plastic waste in the environment. WHY WE WANT TO MAKE A CHANGE?The McDonald’s fast food company have a goal in eliminating waste, although the resources being used are not maximized which results to not completely eliminating the waste.This further indicates that supplying paper bags, paper cups, and paper plate containers as alternatives for plastics, isn’t all-inclusive enough to eliminate the usage of single-use plastics.Our team would like to make a petition to promote the utilization of reusable silverware in McDonald’s to restrain from the usage of disposable plastic utensils. In this way, we can contribute in minimizing the non-biodegradable wastes that pollutes the environment.WHY IT MATTERS?Everyday, thousands of customers go to different McDonald’s branches. This signifies that thousands of disposable plastic utensils are also thrown away after being used by its customers. Up to this date, McDonald’s is way behind from the unceasing usage of disposable plastic utensils compared to leading fast food chains; Jollibee, KFC, Chowking, and Mang Inasal which implements the usage of reusable silverware in their respective branches. This becomes a huge obstacle in creating a sustainable environment with the state of McDonald’s usage of disposable plastic utensils.We need to act immediately to resolve this problem. Our team believes that this petition could create a mark in having clean, developed, non-biodegradable environment. By reducing the use of disposable plastic utensils, we may be able to lessen the use and production of plastic waste which aren’t easily recycled in the environment.HOW CAN THE CHANGE BE DONE?Disposable plastic utensils must be prohibited inside the fast food chain. These should be shifted into reusable silverware as an ecological alternative. Posters/signages showing relevant information about: 'How one can help the environment by switching to reusable silverware', must be produced and publicized among all McDonald’s branches. This aims to advocate awareness and promote compliance.Through refraining from the usage of disposable plastic utensils, we can be able to foster the conservation our environment. This petition will not only help us in our project, but also to help maintain the place we all live in. —————————————————————————————Thank you for taking the time to read our petition, it’ll really mean a lot if you support us by signing up! Exhale the change to inhale a better future.Sources: https://plasticoceans.org/  

Eli Galez
174 supporters