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 Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, Everyone, Grace F. Napolitano, Bruce Westerman, Andy Biggs
BAN ONE USE PLASTICS!!!
Hi my name is Miles and I am in the fifth grade at Lake Windward Elementary in Alpharetta, Georgia. In my TAG (talented and gifted) class, we have a project to “Be The Change”. I chose to try and help save the sea turtles. I will give some reasons why we should save the turtles: 6 out of 7 species of sea turtles are endangered and they mistake our garbage for food! Every year 35 billion plastic bottles are wasted, that means we throw away 60 million plastic bottles per day and it either goes in a land fill or in the ocean. That means that there is a lot of garbage in the ocean. They have a name for a spot in the Pacific Ocean that a lot of the trash collect called the Pacific Garbage Patch where there is 1.8 trillion pieces of trash. This is very dangerous for sea life. That’s a lot of waste to be in the ocean. That’s affecting all marine animals and every animal is important to the environment. So, we should start changing habits now so people can see the ocean in the future without any trash. If the waste and pollution keeps going like this the whole ocean would become a trash pile. I don’t want that happening. Did you know? There is a bill called "H.R.5845 - Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020" in the House of Representatives right now to help stop one use plastics, but no one is talking about it. If we can get Chairperson Grace F. Napolitano to review again, then our brand new Georgia senators, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to bring this to light in the Senate, maybe we can start to fix this problemI Here is a link to read all about it. Please help by supporting my petition to ban plastic straws and also use alternative paper ones until plastic straws are banned. I think we can convince the government this is a problem if enough people support this petition. I hope you will sign and share the petition. Thank you for your support!
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 Tony Evers, Tammy Baldwin, Ron Johnson, Bryan Steil, Mark Pocan, Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, F. James Sensenbrenner, Glenn Grothman, Mike Gallagher
Ban Plastic Straws in Wisconsin
Over 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year, and plastic straws make up 4% of it. Straws are convenient, but are they really worth it? Not only can plastic hurt animals, it can also affect human health. When plastic breaks down, it does not completely decompose like natural materials. When these tiny pieces of plastic get into the ocean, fish accidentally eat them. When humans eat these fish, they too are eating the plastic microbeads. Another effect on our health is when plastics are burned in the open air. While burning, poisonous chemicals are released into the air. This leads to air pollution. We can also be affected by our waste, not just sea life. Most people will grab a straw without a second thought, but if you stop and think, you will realize that they can be replaced with much more environmentally friendly options. What you can do to help: People can purchase reusable straws such as glass straws, steel straws, bamboo straws, straw straws (made of hay), and even paper straws. We know it’s a lot to ask to carry them around everywhere, but even refusing a straw at a restaurant would help. Another thing that would help a tremendous amount is sharing this petition, or writing letters to the governor, senates, and representatives of Wisconsin.About us: Our names are Laurel and Maggie. We are both 12 years old and we attend school in Wisconsin. We have researched plastic straws and have realized that they are a big problem with an easy solution. We need to do something about that, and raise awareness for plastic straw pollution. Our goal is to ban plastic straws in Wisconsin, or at least put a tax on them. #stopsucking #suckless
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