Petition to Fady Jreissati, Lebanese Ministry of Industry
Ban plastic straws across Beirut
Every day, a dangerous amount of plastic straws are used across restaurants and cafes in Beirut. With the Mediterranean Sea right next to us, we are contributing to water pollution, the untimely death of innocent marine life due to plastic ingestion, and global warming. Plastic straws cannot be recycled and never biodegrade. All of these issues are not only harmful to the fate of our planet, but also our health. Therefore, plastic straws must be banned across restaurants and cafes in Beirut, otherwise, the reality of there being more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050 will continue to inch closer day by day. I am working with a few restaurants to ban plastic straws and serve biodegradable paper 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! Instagram page @skipthestraw_lebanon Picture from Google
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 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 Randy Toms, Brian Kemp, David Perdue, Johnny Isakson, Earl L. "Buddy" Carter, Sanford D. Bishop Jr., A. Drew Ferguson IV, Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr., John Lewis, Lucy McBath, Rob Woodall, Austin Scott, Doug Collins, Jody B. Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Rick W. Allen, David Scott, Tom Graves, Gary Ward Black Sr., James Sutton
Plastic Straws are Invading our Oceans
Plastic straws are used virtually everywhere. They are used in restaurants, fast food eateries and they are even sold at grocery stores. But what is the big deal about a few straws? America uses 500 Million straws in 24 hours that is one whole day. By the year 2050 the ocean will have more plastic than fish. Some people might not think there are alternatives to cheaper plastic, however they're have been plenty of biodegradable, reusable, and compostable straws made to battle the leading plastic straws. You might think this doesn't affect us because its something you do not see everyday, nonetheless it pollutes our beaches, our lakes, and our rivers. We can make a change by converting from plastic straw use to paper straws or by simply not using straws as much or buy a reusable washable straw. These are a few changes we can make in our community to stop plastic from killing our sea life and polluting our oceans.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Ban plastic bags From costal city’s
As a 15-year-old attending Bishop Gorman High School 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.
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 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!