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Plastic straws

75 petitions

Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Governor Jared Polis and Colorado State Legislatures

Ban Single Use Plastic Bags and Straws in Colorado

The average American family brings home 1,000-1,500 plastic bags each year. The average usage of the bags is 12 minutes. Over 500 million straws per day are thrown away in the US. We are deeply concerned that the pollution crisis is creating environmental degradation and a global climate change. The overuse of single use plastic bags and straws needs to be curtailed in order to reduce the dependence on non-renewable and petroleum based products that don't decompose. The time is now to take action and reduce our usage. The best way to do that is to create a bill or an Executive Order to discontinue their use in stores and shops, and encourage reusable bags. Many states have joined in and have been successful such as Maine, New Jersey, California, and Hawaii as well as dozens of cities and countries. We can do this by working together. Please enact legislation now to ensure a better today and future for all of us. To implement a ban would have a positive effect on the environment and our economy. Here are the reasons why: 1. Many of those bags don't even make it to the garbage, they are blown away in the wind ending up on trees, in the streets, down drains that go to lakes/oceans. The bags pollute our water and our land. 2. Plastic bags never degrade. Instead of the plastic degrading, it is broken down into small tiny pieces microplastics which are swept down and end up in the oceans which are then consumed by wildlife, go into water streams and settle into the earth. 3. All of the materials are non-renewable fossil fuel-based materials and through their extraction and even production, greenhouse gases are created which further contribute to global climate change. 4. The total amount of energy required to drive a car for 0.5 miles is the equivalent energy required to produce nine plastic bags. 5. The plastic bag waste is impacting the environment negatively and contributing to making the Great Pacific garbage patch bigger every minute. 6. Other countries and states are successful in their plastic bag bans such as China where they banned plastic bags and four years later, the amount of plastic bags thrown into the environment had reduced by 40 billion. 7. Banning plastic bags helps save money. These plastics cost a lot of money because the final costs account for the total production costs from their manufacture using petroleum to when they will be thrown away. 8. New materials would have to be created with a ban and that opens up new opportunities for industry and manufacturing to create and produce eco-friendly and greener materials.

Former Colorado State House candidate and concerned citizen, Kyra Storojev
5,597 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, Everyone, Grace F. Napolitano, Bruce Westerman, Andy Biggs

BAN ONE USE PLASTICS!!!

Hi my name is Miles and I am in the fifth grade at Lake Windward Elementary in Alpharetta, Georgia. In my TAG (talented and gifted) class, we have a project to “Be The Change”. I chose to try and help save the sea turtles.   I will give some reasons why we should save the turtles: 6 out of 7 species of sea turtles are endangered and they mistake our garbage for food! Every year 35 billion plastic bottles are wasted, that means we throw away 60 million plastic bottles per day and it either goes in a land fill or in the ocean. That means that there is a lot of garbage in the ocean. They have a name for a spot in the Pacific Ocean that a lot of the trash collect called the Pacific Garbage Patch where there is 1.8 trillion pieces of trash. This is very dangerous for sea life. That’s a lot of waste to be in the ocean. That’s affecting all marine animals and every animal is important to the environment.  So, we should start changing habits now so people can see the ocean in the future without any trash.  If the waste and pollution keeps going like this the whole ocean would become a trash pile. I don’t want that happening.  Did you know? There is a bill called "H.R.5845 - Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020" in the House of Representatives right now to help stop one use plastics, but no one is talking about it. If we can get Chairperson Grace F. Napolitano to review again, then our brand new Georgia senators, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to bring this to light in the Senate, maybe we can start to fix this problemI Here is a link to read all about it. Please help by supporting my petition to ban plastic straws and also use alternative paper ones until plastic straws are banned. I think we can convince the government this is a problem if enough people support this petition. I hope you will sign and share the petition. Thank you for your support!

miles booker
403 supporters
Update posted 1 year 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 change.org, 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
168,540 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Tony Evers, Tammy Baldwin, Ron Johnson, Bryan Steil, Mark Pocan, Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, F. James Sensenbrenner, Glenn Grothman, Mike Gallagher

Ban Plastic Straws in Wisconsin

     Over 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year, and plastic straws make up 4% of it. Straws are convenient, but are they really worth it?      Not only can plastic hurt animals, it can also affect human health. When plastic breaks down, it does not completely decompose like natural materials. When these tiny pieces of plastic get into the ocean, fish accidentally eat them. When humans eat these fish, they too are eating the plastic microbeads. Another effect on our health is when plastics are burned in the open air. While burning, poisonous chemicals are released into the air. This leads to air pollution. We can also be affected by our waste, not just sea life.      Most people will grab a straw without a second thought, but if you stop and think, you will realize that they can be replaced with much more environmentally friendly options. What you can do to help:     People can purchase reusable straws such as glass straws, steel straws, bamboo straws, straw straws (made of hay), and even paper straws. We know it’s a lot to ask to carry them around everywhere, but even refusing a straw at a restaurant would help. Another thing that would help a tremendous amount is sharing this petition, or writing letters to the governor, senates, and representatives of Wisconsin.About us:     Our names are Laurel and Maggie. We are both 12 years old and we attend school in Wisconsin. We have researched plastic straws and have realized that they are a big problem with an easy solution. We need to do something about that, and raise awareness for plastic straw pollution. Our goal is to ban plastic straws in Wisconsin, or at least put a tax on them. #stopsucking #suckless

Maggie H
2,649 supporters