Petition to Gladys Berejiklian, Gabrielle Upton MP, Sydney Council, Gladys Berejiklian
Ban the plastic straws! A 2 minute luxury that lasts 1000 years.
WHY? Why have plastic straws not already been banned? There are approximately 500 Million straws used daily worldwide, this equates to approx. 527 Humpback whales worth in plastic waste just on straws PER DAY! This wastage is just unacceptable, we need to put pressure on the Australian government to step up and ban this one item to help reduce this number drastically. Plastic straws are placed in majority of drinks around the world, in your gin and tonic, in your apple juice, in your lemonade and even in your healthy smoothie. Why straws suck: -Most contain BPA -In hot conditions they can let off a harmful toxin which is then ingested - These 38grams of plastic can last up to 1000years - They can be ingested by Marine and other terrestrial animals, giving them a slow painful death - Fossil fuels are used to make plastic - Most people use one straw for one drink for ten minutes or less -Most of all is that they are not needed! Plastic straws are a luxury, i am very sure that we can all survive with out plastic straws. If you are an avid straw user, use a bamboo, starch or even metal personalised straw. Sign this petition to help put pressure on the government to stop the use of plastic straws state wide immediately. Everyday puts more and more plastic into the environment ! Ways you can help: Signing petition, helping reduce your personal plastic use, saying no to a straws, purchasing your own personalised straw and even sharing this post to get enough signatures. Chloe
Petition to Yelp
Tell Yelp It's Time To #SuckLess And Help Fight Straw Pollution
Americans use more than 170 million plastic straws every day. After one single use, those straws will take 200 years to decompose. Many straws will end up in the ocean, where they will injure or even kill the marine life they come in contact with. Using plastic straws has become such a habit that most restaurants hand them out with every beverage, without even asking their customers. It’s time to stop this habit, and change the culture around single-use plastics. For the sake of sea animals, it’s time to #SuckLess. Yelp, we the undersigned are asking you to help us with this mission: Please add a ‘straws upon request’ label to your restaurant listings. This will encourage restaurant owners to voluntarily change their straw-dispensing habits, and it will empower your users to make an ecologically friendly choice when selecting a restaurant. Most importantly, it will encourage people to think before reaching for a straw – which we hope will reduce the amount of harmful plastic waste that ends up in our oceans every year. For more information on our request, please visit: https://sealawards.com/yelp-suck-less/ ABOUT SEAL AWARDS The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards is an awards-driven environmental advocacy organization. Our core beliefs maintain that our environmental progress requires true leadership, leadership deserves recognition, and recognition is a form of accountability. The SEAL Awards organizational pillars are our: Business Sustainability Awards - 2018 winners included Apple, JD.com, Nike, and Patagonia Environmental Journalism Awards - representative past winners include journalists from Guardian, New Yorker, New York Times, and Washington Post Environmental Research Grants - grant program has provided funding for researchers at leading institutions like Duke, Marine Conservation Institute, MIT, and UCLA
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.
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!
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!
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