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 Fady Jreissati, Lebanese Ministry of Industry
Ban plastic straws across Beirut
To find out more check out:Instagram page: @skipthestraw_lebanon Website: https://sites.google.com/view/skipthestrawlebanon Plastic is hurting us, marine wildlife, and the planet in more ways than one. It has now become more urgent than ever that we put a stop to the worldwide plastic problem and climate change. Plastic has become a ubiquitous part of today’s society and is largely contributing to climate change--but that need not be the case. Become part of the wave of change by taking action today! I am working with restaurants and cafes to ban plastic straws and serve pasta straws on demand instead, however, this is an urgent matter and your help will make the change happen faster! We need justice for our health, justice for marine life, and justice for the planet we call home! Picture from Google
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 Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Alabama State Senate
Ban giving out plastic straws without asking in Alabama!
Alabama and other states’ restaurants are giving out plastic straws without even asking! Many people want to help the environment by refusing straws, but one is placed in their drink before the drink even comes to them. This law would state that straws cannot be given out unless the customer specifically asks for one. There can be an exception for fast food restaurants, but only for carry out situations. Also, they can be given a kids cup with permission from the child.Now you may be wondering, why is this important? A recent statistic has come out that if the amount of plastic waste being produced stays the same, there will be more plastic on the ocean than fish by 2050. (This date may be even sooner considering the dwindling fish populations due to pollution.) There are about 5 million people in Alabama. If each of them went to a restaurant that served them a straw once a week, then that means that each year, Alabama produces roughly 260 million plastic straws alone. The sad thing is Alabama is far from the most populous state. The next issue is kids meals. Kids drinks (aka a plastic cup with a lid and straw) are being handed out to kids who don’t even need them. I’ve always looked young for my age, so this has been a real problem for me. I have always cared about the environment a lot, so being handed a kid cup not only made me angry because they thought I looked younger than I was, but angry because they had given me a piece of plastic waste I didn’t want to create. Waiters should ask kids if they want a kids cup, because most 8 year olds can manage not spilling a drink, and I was handed a kids cup until I was 12. None the less, thank you for reading this. If you don’t live in Alabama, please sign but also start one for your own state!
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