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 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 McDonald's
Replace plastic straws!
500 million straws are thrown away each day, just in the US alone, continually ending up in our oceans and on the recreational beaches. Some people say that they do not contribute to this pollution because they do not dump their plastic into the ocean. Although you may not directly dump your plastic straws right into the ocean, your plastic waste does end up in the ocean when your plastic gets to the landfill. This constant dumping of plastic into our waterways is rapidly depleting the aquatic life in oceans. By the year of 2050, there is expected to be more plastic waste than fish in the ocean, according to Ellen MacArthur (a retired sailor & founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation). Plastic straws contain BPA (Bisphenol A), which is an industrial chemical that is colorless, and poorly soluble in water. When the fish are exposed to the toxins, they acquire them, then we eat the fish, taking in a much higher and stronger concentration of BPA via bio magnification. Aside from the dangers that this plastic poses to humans, the effects they have on aquatic life is detrimental. The straws are ingested by different species of sea life that then suffocate on the straws and killing the animals. Fish in the North Pacific Ocean alone ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year. Currently, McDonald's is trying to change their ways. The sheer size of their company, 36,899 restaurants worldwide, puts a barrier between even making small changes in their policies like straws. That is no excuse. They can simply reduce the amount of straws that are given out. Not giving out straws and lids to the cups for the drive through will cause a major reduction in their plastic wastes. Straws and lids are not needed when dining in, so why not ban the use of them? McDonald's is one of the leading distributors of papers straws around the globe. McDonald's is striving to better their ways and to become more eco-friendly. The McDonald's in the UK are already banning the use of plastic straws in their 1,300 restaurants, which would reduce the 8.5 billion single-use straws that are used across the U.K. each year. Moving into the use of paper straws would create a huge difference because they require 68% fewer fossil fuel resources to produce than traditional plastic. Also, they would be able to decompose rather than proposing a threat to our environment, such as going into the noses of turtles and the guts of fish. Overall, these companies can make a difference and together we can work to change the old ways and help preserve our beautiful ecosystems. If we continue to use plastic straws and throw them away, this is what we are going to have to do to every animal that comes into contact with plastic straws. Please sign this petition and join our journey so we can get rid of plastic straws!
Petition to Fady Jreissati, Lebanese Ministry of Industry
Ban plastic straws across Beirut
To find out more check out:Instagram page: @skipthestraw_lebanon Website: https://sites.google.com/view/skipthestrawlebanon Plastic is hurting us, marine wildlife, and the planet in more ways than one. It has now become more urgent than ever that we put a stop to the worldwide plastic problem and climate change. Plastic has become a ubiquitous part of today’s society and is largely contributing to climate change--but that need not be the case. Become part of the wave of change by taking action today! I am working with restaurants and cafes to ban plastic straws and serve pasta straws on demand instead, however, this is an urgent matter and your help will make the change happen faster! We need justice for our health, justice for marine life, and justice for the planet we call home! Picture from Google
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
Petition to The Hershey Company, Michele Buck, Damien Atkins, Printpack , Steve Voskuil, Terence O'Day, Rohit Grover, Todd W. Tillemans, Kevin Walling, Mary Beth West, The Hershey Company's Board of Directors
Hershey’s: eliminate single-use plastic wrappers
We, Hershey’s customers, ask The Hershey Company to eliminate its use of single-use plastic wrappers from its products, including Hershey's Bars, Jolly Ranchers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and other confectionaries. The tide is turning against plastic pollution, with recent campaigns against plastic straws, plastic bags, and other single-use plastic products. We believe that Hershey’s has a role to play in reducing its pollution footprint by eliminating its single-use plastic wrappers in favor of more sustainable alternatives. Hershey’s has the ability to make a difference. As a large corporation with billions of dollars in net sales , Hershey’s is not only a key player in the confectionery industry, but also a large producer of plastic wrappers that end up in landfills in the best case, and littering our streets, waterways, and oceans in the worst. Hershey’s actions should match its promise of sustainability. In Hershey’s 2018 Sustainability Report , Hershey’s indicated that it is focused on creating “Reductions in GHGs, total waste, packaging waste and water use.” In order for Hershey’s to successfully achieve this goal, switching away from single-use plastic wrappers is paramount. Hershey’s has plenty of alternatives to single-use plastics. For example, starting in 2019, Nestlé plans to use paper packaging for its Yes! snack bar, and Smarties will have plastic-free packaging as well. Other alternatives include biodegradable or compostable wrappers . Opening up a plastic bag of Jolly Ranchers only to reveal candies individually wrapped with plastic is upsetting. Tearing open a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup only to have to discard the plastic wrapper is frustrating. Let us enjoy your candies without the environmental consequences of single-use plastic wrappers. Hershey’s, we love your candies, but we are disappointed with the way you package them. Sources: 1, 2: https://www.thehersheycompany.com/content/dam/corporate-us/documents/pdf/Hershey-SR-2018.pdf 3: https://www.nestle.com/media/pressreleases/allpressreleases/nestle-action-tackle-plastic-waste
Petition to Jamba Juice
Jamba Juice: Please Replace your Plastic Straws with a Sustainable Alternative
Americans use about 500 million plastic straws every single day. Many plastic straws cannot be recycled, and none biodegrade. As the 11th most prominent plastic in the ocean, plastic straws affect sea birds, turtles, and many other creatures that inhabit our oceans and their coastlines. Jamba Juice must discontinue producing plastic straws for their smoothies, and replace them with an alternative, which doesn’t negatively impact the world we all share. With a health-oriented message, Jamba Juice should extend their message to encompass the health of the earth, and all of it’s wonderful creatures. A step could be taken in this direction, by eliminating plastic straws from their stores. I have worked at Jamba Juice since 2016, and am a lead at their location on the Cal Poly, SLO campus—the school where the business was created as a senior project in 1990. Every time I hand out a smoothie with a plastic straw, I feel guilt, as I am putting another plastic straw out into the world, which has the potential to critically injure wildlife. Please support this initiative, and let’s create a more healthy, sustainable world.