plastic pollution

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Update posted 13 hours ago

Petition to Dunkin' Donuts, Nigel Travis CEO

Dunkin Donuts: Adopt a Plastic Straw Upon Request Policy

Our names are Amanda and Sophia. One day in science class, we came upon an article on plastic straws. The article stated that Americans use more than 500 million straws a day- and throw them away. That is equivalent to 125 school buses filled with plastic straws. We also learned that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Those numbers concern us. So when we joined the Earth Club at our school, the leader suggested using, which is how we came upon this website. All 500 million of these plastic straws end up in a landfill or worse, the ocean. When plastic straws get into the ocean, the fish mistake it for food, eat it, and get sick or die. In fact, science shows that when you eat fish, you might as well be eating plastic! We both think that Dunkin Donuts is a very tasty and an influential company. By choosing this business, we hope to make them take this issue very seriously. These shops have a lot of people coming in every day, almost all of them getting cold beverages containing plastic straws. However, those straws add up to the landfill and get into the ocean. Dunkin' Donuts is a very successful company, so if they stopped giving out straws (and retained some available for customers with disabilities), won’t others follow their lead? So please sign this petition and share it with your friends to help the environment, and the world we all live in. Remember, #StrawsSuck! Thank you!  

Sophia and Amanda
166,932 supporters
Update posted 14 hours ago

Petition to Panda Express

End Plastic at Panda

Having lived in the Puget Sound region for my sixteen years of life, I take pride in my local landscape. Our community is lucky to be surrounded by lush mountains and endless water. We take pride in implementing green policies and on keeping the region pristine. At least, that's the illusion.  Every year, Washington generates tens of millions of pounds of plastic waste, and the majority isn't recycled. Instead, some of this plastic goes into the ocean, where it breaks down into its smaller, toxic components. These components accumulate in the tissues of wildlife and people.   This threatens the health of Puget Sound. It threatens our declining Southern Resident killer whales, and it threatens me and other youth who will inherit this region. But if we care about the well-being of our children, we should hold companies that distribute plastic accountable. One of those companies is Panda Express.  If you have ever gotten a meal at Panda Express, you know how much plastic is generated--a plastic container, plastic utensils, maybe a plastic bag, too. And that's just for one person. But Panda Express has over 2,000 store locations which can process up to hundreds of orders every day. Think about how much plastic could be saved if Panda Express switched to biodegradable products.    For the health of my community and others around the world, I urge Panda Express to stop its use of disposable plastic containers and utensils and substitute them for something biodegradable. The people and wildlife of Puget Sound deserve better. 

Isha S
573 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Collinsville City Council

Collinsville, IL City Council Ban plastic bags now!

The quantity of plastic bags we take home is staggering: the average family accumulates 60 bags in only four trips to the grocery store; the average American adult takes home close to 1,500 bags annually. Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute.  Eliminating single-use plastic bags will force consumers to bring their own bag, without charging a fee that many of our citizens and others who shop in our community could not afford to pay. Even when disposed of correctly, plastic bags routinely blow out of collection sites, ending up in our neighborhood trees, roadsides, sewers, and streams. Dealing with this stream of single-use plastic is expensive.  Single-use plastic bags are the bane of sewer districts and recycling centers, clogging up drains, equipment, and time. Collinsville has a brand new water treatment plant- do we want to see it broken down all the time? This leads to cities having to pay more for recycling, which gets passed on to every citizen. Some cities are even getting rid of recycling because it is too expensive.  Living Lands and Waters- a local conservation organization- collected 8,798 plastic bags in 2017 from the Mississippi River Watershed, which encompasses 1/3 of the United States.  As a major shopping area for smaller towns and unincorporated parts of St. Clair County, getting rid of the bags here will have a major impact on the entire Metro-East region!

Plastic Free Tri-Cities
385 supporters