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 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 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 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!
Petition to Gretchen Whitmer, Gary Peters, Debbie Stabenow
Ban Plastic Straws in Michigan!
All over Michigan, citizens are using "single-use" plastics that could easily be banned and replaced by restaurants, shopping centers, and other plastic bagging companies. The ban of importing/exporting plastic bags in Michigan would force businesses to find healthier earth alternatives instead of effecting the plastic crisis in our oceans.