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 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 Coca-Cola, Coles, Danone, PepsiCo, Woolworths, Procter & Gamble, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fibras Industriales S.A., Le Drezen, I-Coats NV
Catch the Net
Let's get real, Reel it in! Ghost Nets are left in the ocean for multitudes of marine species to get caught in them. They trap all sorts of animals throughout the entirety of their lives. The cause of these nets being left in the ocean is fishermen from around the globe who are not aware of the problems they cause by not properly disposing of their fishing materials. They place these nets throughout the ocean and return to each spot to harvest the fish that get caught. Even though this fishing practice seems to be effective to these big corporations, there is a possibility that they forget where they are placed. This leads to the nets freely moving with the current of the ocean getting caught in things they are not supposed to. This also leads to the nets trapping other animals and affecting their ability to live and act as they would without the ghost nets capturing them. By signing this petition, you bring awareness to the animals who find themselves trapped in the fishing equipment left in the ocean. You have the power to start change.
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.
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 Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Alabama State Senate
Ban giving out plastic straws without asking in Alabama!
Alabama and other states’ restaurants are giving out plastic straws without even asking! Many people want to help the environment by refusing straws, but one is placed in their drink before the drink even comes to them. This law would state that straws cannot be given out unless the customer specifically asks for one. There can be an exception for fast food restaurants, but only for carry out situations. Also, they can be given a kids cup with permission from the child.Now you may be wondering, why is this important? A recent statistic has come out that if the amount of plastic waste being produced stays the same, there will be more plastic on the ocean than fish by 2050. (This date may be even sooner considering the dwindling fish populations due to pollution.) There are about 5 million people in Alabama. If each of them went to a restaurant that served them a straw once a week, then that means that each year, Alabama produces roughly 260 million plastic straws alone. The sad thing is Alabama is far from the most populous state. The next issue is kids meals. Kids drinks (aka a plastic cup with a lid and straw) are being handed out to kids who don’t even need them. I’ve always looked young for my age, so this has been a real problem for me. I have always cared about the environment a lot, so being handed a kid cup not only made me angry because they thought I looked younger than I was, but angry because they had given me a piece of plastic waste I didn’t want to create. Waiters should ask kids if they want a kids cup, because most 8 year olds can manage not spilling a drink, and I was handed a kids cup until I was 12. None the less, thank you for reading this. If you don’t live in Alabama, please sign but also start one for your own state!
Petition to Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Ralph Northam, Elaine luria, Donald Beyer, Denver Riggleman, Ben Cline, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, H. Morgan Griffith, Jennifer Wexton, Gerald E. Connolly
Ban Plastic Straws in Virginia
Do you know about the chaos plastic straws are causing to our ecosystem? Straws are a five minute luxury, but they can take up to one thousand years to decompose. I don’t think they should be used in restaurants in Virginia for a number of reasons. In the ocean, marine animals can mistake straws for food. Many species are becoming endangered because the plastic is killing them. Also, the straws have a lasting impact on our environment. Have you ever thought about where the straws go after you’re finished using them? If the straws go to a recycling bin, the get recycled, and used for other purposes. However, most straws are thrown out. These straws go to landfills, where they are left to decompose. There are also some straws that don’t end up in the recycling or the trash. These pose a threat to our environment. If you’re wondering what you can do to help the cause, there’s a number of steps you can take. The easiest thing to do is sign this petition (if you haven’t already!). You can also skip the straw. When you’re at a restaurant, request your drink without a straw. Another action that helps the cause is raising awareness. If you meet someone who always uses a straw, explain why they shouldn’t use it. There are alternatives to plastic straws as well. You’ve probably heard of paper straws. They are a great alternative, but are expensive, and also need trees to be produced. Some other alternatives are metal straws, glass straws, silicone straws, avocado straws, and even hay straws. If you agree with me on this matter, please sign and share this with other people to raise awareness. Thank you for taking time to read and respond.