Petition to Xavier Bernat Serra, Massimiliano Zanni, Marcos Bernat Serra, Adrian Romero, Lorena Gracia, Eugenia Casulleras Llorens
Chupa Chups: Stop producing plastic lollipop sticks
On Earth Day 2018 we ask: Why do lollipops which only last a few moments, have to be put on plastic sticks, which last a few centuries? Scientists know now that every year about 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. It has finally been recognised that there is an overwhelming amount of plastic debris in our oceans, we are becoming engulfed by it. Any quick "plastic ocean" online search will show you that. 91% of plastic is not recycled so every day thousands and thousands of pieces of plastic is washed up on our shores. Every day I take a few minutes and clean my local beach, I collect over 10 lollipop sticks per day just on my little coast line here in Portugal. Apart from this just being saddening and ugly, it also has a direct effect on marine life, such as sea turtles. Although they spend much time swimming underwater, they have to come up to the surface to breath through their tiny nostrils. There are many reports of sea turtles with plastic sticks and straws lodged in their nostrils, meaning this plastic can cause them to drown or live in pain. We cannot re-use single use lollipop stick plastic again, so the best way to avoid using these plastics is to simply stop buying plastic products. We don't want to stop buying Chupa Chups thats's not the point, we just ask Chupa Chups now to do your bit to lessen the problem by changing to a biodegradable material for your sticks. Better materials are out there when used we are closer to a cleaner ocean and preservation of marine life. Paper sticks (used by other lollipop producers) for instance, will biodegrade relatively quickly if they do end up in the ocean. Other companies are finding ways to help with this problem. UK Supermarket Iceland has become the first major retailer to announce it will be going plastic-free on all its own label products within the next five years. Tesco and Johnson&Johnson have stopped selling/producing plastic ear buds in the last year (a product very similar to yours). We know that Chupa Chups is not solely responsible for all of these sticks, but you are the market leader, so we ask you on Earth Day 2018, to be next in making a positive change. Will you stop producing plastic lollipop sticks?
Petition to Saint Petersburg, Florida
Reduce plastic straw usage in St. Pete, Florida
According to the National Park Service, Americans use 500 million plastic straws each day, which means that you’ll likely use over 35,000 of these little suckers in your lifetime. In fact, it’s their small size that makes them unrecyclable. The best case scenario is ending up in a landfill, where they take their slow, sweet time decomposing, which is sometimes centuries. Worst case? Almost a third of all plastics produced escape collections systems and wind up in our oceans where they can be swallowed by our marine life and wind up in their stomachs or, as the world witnessed, their nose. Together, we can help stem the tides that are washing up more and more plastic straws upon our shores. After all, St. Pete didn’t become the first “Green City” in Florida without reason. We made the commitment to completely transition to clean and renewable energy because our city is innovative, forward thinking, and understands the impact of the environment on our future. The thousands of locals and tourists visiting St. Pete’s waterfront museums, attractions, and restaurants each year for our natural gifts are in danger of dwindling if we don’t tackle one of the biggest environmental hazards facing coastal communities like ours today: single use plastics. We're asking people to take simple steps like: Pledge not to use straws Consider a reusable straw made of stainless steel, bamboo or glass to take with you everywhere Talk about it And businesses to: Provide straws only when requested by a customer Provide either compostable or reusable straws when they ask for one Get rid of straws completely Visit nostrawsstpete.com to join the effort.
Petition to Bar-Boy Products, Sam Tell Companies, Sysco
Supply New York's East End restaurants with affordable alternatives to plastic straws
The East End of Long Island, NY depends on its coastal regions to support its growing economy. Single-use plastic waste, like straws, threatens the long term vitality of the surrounding bays, lakes, ponds and ocean. With the influx of tourists who will be dining at restaurants this summer, it is imperative that an alternative to plastic straws be provided by suppliers to restaurants. This alternative's cost must be less than or equal to that of plastic straws in order to encourage adoption. Please join the worldwide movement and help curb plastic pollution, one straw at a time.
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 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 Starbucks
Starbucks Mobile App Adjustment: Option for Cold Drink Sipper Lids on Mobile Orders
In a rush, but need your caffeine fix? Lucky for you, Starbucks offers the convenience of ordering ahead via their mobile app. However, if you want to be environmentally conscious and cut your plastic straw usage, have just had dental surgery and can’t use straws, or have any other reason for not wanting a straw: Starbucks’ mobile app doesn’t give you the choice to opt for their cold beverage sipper cup lid. This results in masses of unnecessary plastic waste that could easily be reduced by introducing an additional toggle switch under their “cup options” heading in the customization stage of a mobile order. Starbucks has been forward thinking in regard to their plastic waste, publicly stating their wish to eliminate plastic straws from their stores globally by 2020. In some stores, they have already made sipper lids the standard cold beverage lid; but, for stores still transitioning, they seem to have overlooked a simple way to not only minimize their current waste, but prepare Starbucks frequenters for their full migration. For information about the environmental impact of plastic straws, please see the links below: National Geographic on Plastic Straws Straw-less Ocean
Petition to Julia Waldorf, Charles F. Schwartz III
Plastic Straw Ban for Newtown, PA
We are made up of students of Mrs. Metzler's Period 4 class in Newtown Middle School. Every year, our group participates in the Philadelphia Zoo UNLESS Project to change our school's ways to better suit the environment. This year, we represent the change for recycling laws, plastic bans, and overall better waste management for our area. We hope to spark a fire that will reach other people, towns, and eventually legislators, who can mandate this change. We aren't urging people to change their lifestyle--rather, we are urging them to change the lifestyle of others around the world who deal with our scraps and plastic waste. In the end, our group is about presenting different ways to deal with plastic that is better for the environment and that could save our plastic crisis. Go to https://sites.google.com/student.crsd.org/rethink/our-mission to see our full story.
Petition to Publix Super Markets
Stop offering plastic produce bags
Publix supermarket is primarily located in the state of Florida which is surrounded by beautiful beaches. As a result, many of the stores plastic grocery bags often end up littering the streets or even the beach. These plastic bags often end up in the ocean which has been proven to harm wild life. Publix offers these harmful plastic bags to it's costumers at no cost which encourages costumers to use even more wasteful plastic. Sign this petition if you think Publix should stop offering single use plastic bags. But the problem inst just that wasteful plastic bags that are handed out at checkout, the problem also lies in the plastic bags that are used to hold pieces of produce. These bags are completely free and are even encouraged. However, these bags are only used for a short time before they are thrown away which makes them very wasteful and therefore bad for the environment. I urge Publix to offer an alternative to these single use bags and to stop offering them or at the very least begin to charge consumers for them to discourage their use.