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Plastic straws

77 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Governor Jared Polis and Colorado State Legislatures

Ban Single Use Plastic Bags and Straws in Colorado

The average American family brings home 1,000-1,500 plastic bags each year. The average usage of the bags is 12 minutes. Over 500 million straws per day are thrown away in the US. We are deeply concerned that the pollution crisis is creating environmental degradation and a global climate change. The overuse of single use plastic bags and straws needs to be curtailed in order to reduce the dependence on non-renewable and petroleum based products that don't decompose. The time is now to take action and reduce our usage. The best way to do that is to create a bill or an Executive Order to discontinue their use in stores and shops, and encourage reusable bags. Many states have joined in and have been successful such as Maine, New Jersey, California, and Hawaii as well as dozens of cities and countries. We can do this by working together. Please enact legislation now to ensure a better today and future for all of us. To implement a ban would have a positive effect on the environment and our economy. Here are the reasons why: 1. Many of those bags don't even make it to the garbage, they are blown away in the wind ending up on trees, in the streets, down drains that go to lakes/oceans. The bags pollute our water and our land. 2. Plastic bags never degrade. Instead of the plastic degrading, it is broken down into small tiny pieces microplastics which are swept down and end up in the oceans which are then consumed by wildlife, go into water streams and settle into the earth. 3. All of the materials are non-renewable fossil fuel-based materials and through their extraction and even production, greenhouse gases are created which further contribute to global climate change. 4. The total amount of energy required to drive a car for 0.5 miles is the equivalent energy required to produce nine plastic bags. 5. The plastic bag waste is impacting the environment negatively and contributing to making the Great Pacific garbage patch bigger every minute. 6. Other countries and states are successful in their plastic bag bans such as China where they banned plastic bags and four years later, the amount of plastic bags thrown into the environment had reduced by 40 billion. 7. Banning plastic bags helps save money. These plastics cost a lot of money because the final costs account for the total production costs from their manufacture using petroleum to when they will be thrown away. 8. New materials would have to be created with a ban and that opens up new opportunities for industry and manufacturing to create and produce eco-friendly and greener materials.

Candidates for Colorado State House of Representatives, Kyra Storojev and Katie Barrett and Candidate for US Congress from Colorado Isaac McCorkle
1,875 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

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!

Tree Hugger
239 supporters
Started 3 months ago

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.                                           

Bella McPhillips-DeFilippi
399 supporters
Update posted 5 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
168,689 supporters