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 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 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 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 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!
Petition to Coca-Cola, Coles, Danone, PepsiCo, Woolworths, Procter & Gamble, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fibras Industriales S.A., Le Drezen, I-Coats NV
Catch the Net
Let's get real, Reel it in! Ghost Nets are left in the ocean for multitudes of marine species to get caught in them. They trap all sorts of animals throughout the entirety of their lives. The cause of these nets being left in the ocean is fishermen from around the globe who are not aware of the problems they cause by not properly disposing of their fishing materials. They place these nets throughout the ocean and return to each spot to harvest the fish that get caught. Even though this fishing practice seems to be effective to these big corporations, there is a possibility that they forget where they are placed. This leads to the nets freely moving with the current of the ocean getting caught in things they are not supposed to. This also leads to the nets trapping other animals and affecting their ability to live and act as they would without the ghost nets capturing them. By signing this petition, you bring awareness to the animals who find themselves trapped in the fishing equipment left in the ocean. You have the power to start change.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Ban plastic bags or straws 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 or straws in coastal city’s. As a solution to the alternative disposable bags and straws, people will use either reusable or compostable bags and straws. Once this petition is completed I will personally send letters to the current president of the United States until something is done about this current crisis. I know it is a lot but I beg of you guys to reach 2 million signatures. Please and thank you!
Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Julia Morrison, Andrew Cuomo
Ban plastic bags and straws in NYC!
Dear Citizen, Last year, a young pilot whale washed up in Thailand, vomited seven plastic bags and died. During his autopsy, 17 pounds of plastic were found inside him, including 80 more plastic bags (pictured). This horror story is unfolding around the world. Only a few weeks after I saw the above image, another whale, this one a young Sperm whale - the world’s largest whale with sonar that would bust your eardrums! - washed up in Spain, this one carrying 64 pounds of plastic lodged in his stomach. Even worse? All plastic eventually becomes microplastic, as it never biodegrades but only gets smaller and smaller, and it's finding it's way into our bodies. These tiny plastics, found in consumer products like cleansers and toothpastes, are contaminating fish, oysters, mussels and other filter feeders, sea salt AND even our drinking water. In fact, the World Health Organization recently launched a global review of our world's drinking water after microplastics were found to be TWICE as high in popular bottled water brands as in regular tap water - which in the US, includes 94.4% of our drinking water. The state of plastics in our water is not OK for me. Is it OK for U? OKFORU is a project that invites you to fear nothing but complacency. Together, I hope you will join me in calling on Mayor De Blasio to ban plastic straws, styrofoam, and other single use plastics before it's too late. As a World City in the 21st century, we must lead on this issue! If you would like to get more involved, come check out this event coming up, and sign below. Where: BROOKLYN When: JUNE 8TH All ideas are appreciated at email@example.com Your fellow citizen, Julia