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 The Walt Disney Company
Make The Walt Disney Company Switch to Paper Straws
In 2016, Disney reported a whopping 20.4 million visitors to Magic Kingdom. Visitors to Epcot reached around 11.7 million and Animal Kingdom, 10.8 million. These are just a handful of The Walt Disney Company's parks in Florida alone. Each day thousands of plastic straws are discarded as they are not recyclable and are taken to landfills where they do not biodegrade. Many of these straws do not even make their way to the landfill but instead are ingested by birds or make their way to other bodies of water, such as the sea where they endanger marine life. It is the responsibility of companies such as The Walt Disney Company to assist in being as environmentally friendly as possible just as it is the responsibility of the consumer to make sure their plastic trash is disposed of properly. As there are plenty of alternatives to plastic straws and there is no "good" way to dispose of one, please sign this petition to hold Disney accountable and demand that they switch to paper straws to cut down on plastic pollution.
Petition to McDonald's
McDonald's: Stop Using Plastic Straws!
McDonald's has ~37,000 establishments worldwide that serve approximately 68 million customers every single day. The majority of their restaurants (with the exception of the U.K., which said it would begin to phase out plastic straws) distribute plastic straws and various other plastic products that pollute our oceans and have a devastating effect on the wildlife it supports. Plastic makes up around 13 percent of the waste cycle, representing 32 million tons of waste. While around 9 percent of that plastic goes into recycling programs, the rest enters landfills, where it takes up space for hundreds of years or more. Biodegradable plastics, however, can break down over the course of several months. We could potentially lower that number to below 5 percent if this switch is made. Based on research done over the years, scientists have concluded that anywhere between 5 and 13 million tons of plastic makes its way into our oceans every year. The fact that humans use 500+ million straws every single day is a large contributor to this growing issue; fast food joints play a big role in that statistic. If we can switch to biodegradable straws, we could lower that number by several million tons (3 to 4 million or more), which would make a huge difference! It is not just McDonald's at fault for this problem; most restaurants use plastic drinking straws because of their convenience and cheap price, and we ourselves commonly use such products for the same reasons. It is estimated that McDonald's distributes millions of plastic straws every single day, and these plastic-based products pollute our oceans and kill wildlife. Sea life digest and choke on these materials, leading to a slow and painful death. Sea turtles are a prime example and common victim of these man-made substances. Biodegradable/compostable straws are a more sustainable and efficient solution; they are able to decompose quicker than plastic straws and would also not pose as much of a threat to aquatic ecosystems. As of May 25, 2018, McDonald's has voted to keep plastic straws in their restaurants. In fact, less than 8% of the votes agreed with the movement to ban plastic straws! This is not surprising but is still unacceptable, as there are other options available that would work just as well. Please sign this petition to ensure this issue stays in the light and doesn't fade into the background! Sign this petition with half a million signatures as well to ensure your voice is heard: https://actions.sumofus.org/a/mcdonalds-is-polluting-our-oceans?source=campaigns Learn more about this pressing issue here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/05/21/mcdonalds-being-sucked-into-movement-ban-plastic-straws/501242002/
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 Julia Waldorf, Charles F. Schwartz III
Plastic Straw Ban for Newtown, PA
We are made up of students of Mrs. Metzler's Period 4 class in Newtown Middle School. Every year, our group participates in the Philadelphia Zoo UNLESS Project to change our school's ways to better suit the environment. This year, we represent the change for recycling laws, plastic bans, and overall better waste management for our area. We hope to spark a fire that will reach other people, towns, and eventually legislators, who can mandate this change. We aren't urging people to change their lifestyle--rather, we are urging them to change the lifestyle of others around the world who deal with our scraps and plastic waste. In the end, our group is about presenting different ways to deal with plastic that is better for the environment and that could save our plastic crisis. Go to https://sites.google.com/student.crsd.org/rethink/our-mission to see our full story.
Petition to Publix Super Markets
Stop offering plastic produce bags
Publix supermarket is primarily located in the state of Florida which is surrounded by beautiful beaches. As a result, many of the stores plastic grocery bags often end up littering the streets or even the beach. These plastic bags often end up in the ocean which has been proven to harm wild life. Publix offers these harmful plastic bags to it's costumers at no cost which encourages costumers to use even more wasteful plastic. Sign this petition if you think Publix should stop offering single use plastic bags. But the problem inst just that wasteful plastic bags that are handed out at checkout, the problem also lies in the plastic bags that are used to hold pieces of produce. These bags are completely free and are even encouraged. However, these bags are only used for a short time before they are thrown away which makes them very wasteful and therefore bad for the environment. I urge Publix to offer an alternative to these single use bags and to stop offering them or at the very least begin to charge consumers for them to discourage their use.
Petition to Subway, Suzanne Greco, Trevor Haynes, Cindy Eadie, Millie Shinn
Subway: Help End Plastic Pollution, Adopt a "Straw Upon Request" Policy
When I first saw the viral video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril and throat, I was speechless. I had known that plastic waste was a problem, but never so deeply understood the harm it causes to those around us. Inspired, I started a petition with my school's environmental club asking my state to adopt a “straw upon request” policy. But soon I realized that wasn’t enough: we need the restaurant industry to do its part in controlling the plastic waste that plagues our oceans. Marine experts say that if we don't curb plastic waste, the majority of which is made up up single-use straws, by 2050 there might be more plastic in our oceans than fish. That’s unacceptable. Restaurant's like Ted's Montana Grill and Bon Appetit have ended their use of plastic straws, and just this month shareholders at McDonald's considered a ban on plastic straws in their restaurants. It’s time that Subway Restaurants, one of the largest fast-food chains in the U.S. and an environmental leader in the fast-food industry, follow suit. With nearly 45,000 locations in the U.S. alone, their ability to make a dent in curbing plastic waste is tremendous. Subway has already taken steps to reduce their waste: their napkins are made with 100% recycled fiber, their salad bowls were redesigned to remove 2.62 million pounds of plastic from their waste stream, and they have changed the design of their cup carriers to save thousands of trees per year. It's clear the restaurant chain wants to be known for its environmental sustainability ― but their use of plastic straws is still an issue. As one of the most influential restaurant chains in America, the number of plastic straws they use ― and the number that end up in our oceans, swallowed by sea turtles ― is concerning. Why not take a bold step and implement a "straw upon request" policy in their stores? With this policy, the use of straws are still available to those who require it to drink, such as children or those with physical disabilities. This subtle change would not greatly reduce the unnecessary use of straws, but also bring attention to the urgency of the battle against plastic pollution. Please urge Subway to help end plastic straw waste by implementing a plastic "straw upon request" policy.