Petition to New Jersey State House, New Jersey Governor, New Jersey
Ban Plastic Straws In New Jersey
There are over 500 million plastic straws polluting our oceans today. Think of all the turtles and other sea life it’s hurting. Currently over 100,000 marine life gets killed from plastic per year. The straws get thrown in the ocean and the marine life mistakes it for food, which is very harmful to eat. Sign this petition to ban plastic straws from New jersey and while your at it, make a difference and buy a reusable portable metal straw, https://www.savetheturtles.ca/?variant=19275344248929 You may think “Oh it’s just ONE straw,” but think of how many other people are also thinking that. Change starts with us. Let’s make a difference!
Petition to Gavin Newsom
Ban Plastic straws from restaurants and eateries in California
As most of us know, plastic waste and pollution has been slowly killing off species all around the word for decades. The state of this planet we call home keeps getting worse and worse as time goes on. We only have about 11 years until this climate crisis is irreversible if we keep things going the way we have them going at the moment. A big offender of this waste causing this crisis is plastic straws. While all plastic is an issue, plastic straws seem to always be used whether you are drinking Starbucks out of another plastic cup or if you’re drinking from a reusable cup at a restaurant. These straws then go to landfills or to the ocean to rot for 200 years until they decompose. With the way the worlds headed, our species may not even be here 200 years in the future. To add onto that, plastic straws are a micro plastic that ocean animals mistake as food. These poor animals choke on our plastic waste and sadly die. The first time I saw a company use paper straws was the Disney Company. As of 2019 they have replaced most (if not all) of their plastic straws with paper throughout all Five of their Theme park resorts. As a Disneyland annual pass-holder who also fréquents Starbucks I was quick to notice and invite the change. Since then I have educated myself on climate change and ecological crisis and begun to wish changes like this on a grander scale. Paper straws are overall better for the environment with its fast decomposing rate. While plastic takes 200 years, paper takes 2-6 weeks. This switch, especially in a touristy state like California, could be a good first step in eliminating our plastic waste and carbon footprint. Plastic straws only creates 3% of trash found on beaches so we would obviously need to do more but it’s a good start. California has already passed a bill in 2018 that made it so waiters and waitresses must be asked for plastic straws before they provide them but more should be done. Help us save the only place we can truly call home. sources: Source One (Paper vs Plastic Straws) Source Two (California Plastic Straw) Source Three (Disneyland Plastic Straw Ban) Image used for cover of petition (one) Image for cover photo of petition(two)
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 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 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.
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 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 Donald J. Trump
Ban plastic bags From costal city’s
As a 15-year-old in Las Vegas I’ve not had much experience in life, but what I can say is that in this world we only have one shot left to make things right. Currently there are many other issues in this world, including war, poverty, and starvation. However, by the time we finally overcome those as a civilization we will have destroyed our oceans and lakes due to plastic pollution. Sea turtles, fish, algae, aquatic mammals, and sea birds are some of the organisms threatened. Without our oceans, we will lose 50%-85% of our oxygen due to plankton/diatom die off. So in order to stop this process, I need your help by signing this petition to outlaw plastic bags in coastal city’s. As a solution to the alternative disposable bags, people will use reusable or compostable bags. I am positive that we can make a change and put a stop to this crisis all I need is you’re signature. I know it is a lot but I beg of you guys to reach 2 million signatures so share the link with as many friends and family members you can think of so we can meet this goal!!! Please and thank you!