Topic

Plastic straws

75 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

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!

miles booker
398 supporters
Update posted 11 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
168,538 supporters
Update posted 12 months ago

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

Maggie H
2,649 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

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 [1], 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 [2], 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 [3]. 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

AquariumKids
2,507 supporters