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Plastic straws

55 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Subway, Suzanne Greco, Trevor Haynes, Cindy Eadie, Millie Shinn

Subway: Help End Plastic Pollution, Adopt a "Straw Upon Request" Policy

When I first saw the viral video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril and throat, I was speechless. I had known that plastic waste was a problem, but never so deeply understood the harm it causes to those around us. Inspired, I started a petition with my school's environmental club asking my state to adopt a “straw upon request” policy. But soon I realized that wasn’t enough: we need the restaurant industry to do its part in controlling the plastic waste that plagues our oceans. Marine experts say that if we don't curb plastic waste, the majority of which is made up up single-use straws, by 2050 there might be more plastic in our oceans than fish. That’s unacceptable. Restaurant's like Ted's Montana Grill and Bon Appetit have ended their use of plastic straws, and just this month shareholders at McDonald's considered a ban on plastic straws in their restaurants. It’s time that Subway Restaurants, one of the largest fast-food chains in the U.S. and an environmental leader in the fast-food industry, follow suit. With nearly 45,000 locations in the U.S. alone, their ability to make a dent in curbing plastic waste is tremendous. Subway has already taken steps to reduce their waste: their napkins are made with 100% recycled fiber, their salad bowls were redesigned to remove 2.62 million pounds of plastic from their waste stream, and they have changed the design of their cup carriers to save thousands of trees per year. It's clear the restaurant chain wants to be known for its environmental sustainability ― but their use of plastic straws is still an issue. As one of the most influential restaurant chains in America, the number of plastic straws they use ― and the number that end up in our oceans, swallowed by sea turtles ― is concerning. Why not take a bold step and implement a "straw upon request" policy in their stores? With this policy, the use of straws are still available to those who require it to drink, such as children or those with physical disabilities. This subtle change would not greatly reduce the unnecessary use of straws, but also bring attention to the urgency of the battle against plastic pollution. Please urge Subway to help end plastic straw waste by implementing a plastic "straw upon request" policy.

Chelsea Chan
142,166 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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
166,488 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mayor Bill de Blasio

Ban plastic bags and straws in NYC!

Dear Citizen, Recently, a young pilot whale washed up in Thailand, vomited seven plastic bags and died. During his autopsy, 17 pounds of plastic were found inside him, including 80 more plastic bags. This horror story is unfolding around the world. In April, a young Sperm whale - the world’s largest whale with sonar that would bust your eardrums! - washed up in Spain, this one carrying 64 pounds of plastic lodged in his stomach. The belly of the whale is the belly of humanity. Microplastics, found in products like cleansers and toothpastes, are prevalent in mussels and other filter feeders, in our sushi, our sea salt and in our drinking water. In fact, the World Health Organization launched a global review of our drinking water last month after microplastics were found to be twice as high in popular bottled water brands as in regular tap water - which in the US, includes 94.4% of our drinking water. The state of plastics in our water is not OK for me. Is it OK for U? OKFORU is a project that invites you to fear nothing but complacency.  Together, I hope you will join me in calling on Mayor De Blasio to ban single use plastic bags, straws, and styrofoam in New York and to lead on this issue. If you would like to get more involved, here are some activities I could use help with at an upcoming art and live event series coinciding in NYC with this petition: Where: Chinatown Soup (16B Orchard St, New York, NY) When: Aug 16 - Aug 30 th Writing postcards. Galvanizing other people to write postcards. Collecting signatures for petition. All ideas are appreciated at okforu247@gmail.com Your fellow citizen, Julia

Julia Morrison
1,945 supporters