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 711,000 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.
Petition to Costco Wholesale
Ask Costco to stop selling styrofoam products
Did you know Americans throw away billions of styrofoam cups each year -- cups that create pollution that stays in our environment for generations. More and more people are dumping styrofoam -- finding solutions for cups, plates, containers and other materials that don’t poison the environment. Costco sells styrofoam cups and serving trays. We are asking Costco to stop selling styrofoam products to encourage paper products that are better for the environment. Will you join us? More and more corporations are looking for ways to encourage sustainability. Just this year big companies like McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts announced that they would be phasing out styrofoam cups, and companies like IKEA have already said they’d phase out styrofoam packaging. The companies making styrofoam products also make products that are better for the environment. By Costco selling more of the environmentally-friendly products, it will help lower cost and ensure environmentally-friendly products are accessible to everyone. That’s why we’re urging Costco to set a better standard for retail stores, and stop carrying styrofoam products in their stores.
Petition to National Retail Federation
Tell Stores to Stop Energy Waste at Their Front Door!
Every summer, stores across the country run the air conditioning and prop their doors open, allowing cold air to pour onto the sidewalk. Each store with an open door wastes about 4,000 kilowatt hours of electricity over the summer. This generates two tons of carbon dioxide – the same amount of pollution produced by a diesel truck driving from New York to Miami. Tell stores to close their doors to wasting energy! During hot summer days electricity demand peaks and stresses the energy grid. Each store can help lead the way towards a retail industry and a public that is smarter about conserving energy. You can use your power as a consumer to make a difference! We can tell stores to stop wasting energy and generating more pollution. Sign our petition to send a message to the National Retail Federation to tell their members to adopt closed door policies. We believe that our community stores should be responsible citizens that help to keep our air safe and clean for everyone. Generation 180 is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting a cultural shift in energy awareness and advancing clean energy. Our Keep it Cool campaign enables consumers to identify local stores with their doors open or closed and tag them for our national map. Visit our campaign website to find out how you can get involved and tag stores in your community using Facebook messenger. Imagine the impact we can have if we get stores around the country to close their doors—keeping these doors closed would save the amount of carbon dioxide produced by 830 million miles driven in a car!
Petition to Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola: Stop Using Plastic 6-Pack Rings!
Our oceans are clogged with millions of tonnes of plastic waste that will not degrade for thousands of years. Plastic 6-pack rings represent pointless plastic waste — there are already completely biodegradable and compostable alternatives available, yet cheap, single-use plastic rings continue to be mass-produced at alarming rates. It is no longer enough to hope that consumers will cut up and recycle plastic 6-pack rings, it is time for producers like Coca-Cola to stop mass-producing and using this harmful plastic packaging. We’ve all seen the damage plastic waste is doing to our planet and our wildlife. Peanut the Turtle (pictured) was found in 1993, her shell permanently deformed by a plastic 6-pack ring which also prevented her organs from fully developing. More than two decades later, we are still needlessly churning this waste into the environment. I’m asking Coca-Cola to stop using plastic 6-pack rings on their products. As industry leaders, Coca-Cola must step up and commit to sustainable packaging that’s 100% biodegradable and compostable. No More Plastic 6-Pack Rings! Consumers Want Sustainable Packaging! #PlanetOrPlastic
Petition to Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hilda L. Solis, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, Janice Hahn, Kathryn Barger
Let’s Stop Wasting Stormwater!
Let’s stop wasting water that can be reused. Let’s stop sending pollution to the ocean. Let’s stop harming wildlife with our trash. 80 Billion gallons of rain water are wasted each year in L.A. County. Please urge the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to start treating runoff as a resource—not a nuisance. L.A. County receives over 100 billion gallons of rain water on average each year. Our current stormwater system captures only 20 percent of this water resource. Where does the rest go? This wasted water flows through streets, storm drains and rivers directly into the Pacific Ocean, taking with it oil, trash and plastic pollution, fecal bacteria, and other contaminants. These pollutants pose a serious health and safety risk to anyone who visits the rivers, streams or ocean, and to any animal that lives in these habitats. Securing our water future can’t wait. Today, 85 percent of L.A. County’s water is piped in from locations up to 400 miles away. These critical water lifelines for millions of Angelenos are at risk from drought, earthquakes and other natural disasters. In addition to ongoing efforts to conserve water at home, we must also come together as a community to conserve our rain water. Only 11 percent of L.A. County’s water supply comes from stormwater. We can triple that amount with more local rain water capture and treatment. Innovative nature-based, water quality stormwater management projects, including rain gardens and green alleys are sprouting up in neighborhoods across L.A. County. Treated stormwater can be used in place of drinking water for irrigation, or to replenish our groundwater resources. These projects all function to increase water supply, improve water quality, decrease flooding and provide new green space, particularly in disadvantaged communities. We must invest in nature-based, water quality solutions to decrease our water waste, improve environmental and public health, and create over 7,000 new green jobs in the process. On July 17, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will decide whether to place a public funding measure on the November 2018 ballot that could raise $300 million for nature-based, water quality projects. Make your voice heard during this critical decision-making process. Sign this petition with Heal the Bay to tell the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to add a Stormwater Funding Measure to the November 2018 ballot. We are a proud member of OurWaterLA, a diverse coalition of local community leaders and organizations united to create a strong water future for Los Angeles.
Petition to Unicorn Snot, FCTRY
Recall Unicorn Snot Sunscreen Until Ocean-Friendly
Unicorn Snot is a cosmetic company that sells glitter-focused products. While they are “cruelty free” in their description, they recently came out with sparkly sunscreen that does NOT use biodegradable glitter. This is extremely harmful to the ocean as the level of micro plastics in the water has increased tremendously, not only affecting animals but reef-life as well. Putting glitter in sunscreen encourages using micro plastics in large quantities and then going directly into the water, which is environmentally irresponsible. The company claimed that they are working on using bioglitter in the future. However, they are still actively selling their sunscreen and deleting social media comments informing people of its harm. Please sign this petition to ask Unicorn Snot and FCTRY to stop selling this product until they create an environmentally-friendly formula.
Petition to Jim Quinn, HON. BENOÎT BOURQUE, Hon. Andrew Harvey, Don Darling, Wayne Long
Safer and Healthier Port Operations for Saint John Homeowners
For several years, residents have been subjected to routine explosions, plumes of dust, and smoke from the American Iron and Metal facility, located on the port, in the west side of Saint John. Meanwhile, when ships arrive to collect the scrap metal, the Saint John Port Authority continues the practice of 24/7 dumping of scrap metal into ships, making it impossible for many residents in the area to sleep at night.It is well understood that noise and air pollution of this nature can impact the health and safety of families living nearby. We are asking anyone who has been directly impacted to complete this 5 minute survey to help provide factual evidence of the impact the noise and pollution is having on residents in the area: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H8L35N3Not only do these operations impact the well-being of the community, they have a direct impact on the local economy. Since the 2012 expansion of the AIM Scrap metal plant, over 2/3 of property owners near the facility have lost value on their homes, representing a loss of over $3 Million dollars in equity, and over $80,000 in lost property tax revenue each year. See detailed spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Z1EU7ikmv6jsOyjzxjNv8ihmZ-_nasG1g6qyBkVEuGk/edit?usp=sharing Other Ports in Canada have shown a willingness to work with the community to manage noise and pollution. The Port of Vancouver, for example, has adopted a comprehensive strategy to manage noise from the port: https://www.portvancouver.com/about-us/topics-of-interest/managing-port-noise/ We are requesting that the Saint John Port Authority, the NB Department of Environment, the NB Department of Health, and the City of Saint John work together to develop a well-defined strategy to manage noise and air pollution from the AIM Scrap Metal facility, to ensure a better future for families and property owners living in the area.
Petition to Lauren Roberts
City O' City - Break Free From Plastic
The equivalent of a garbage truck worth of plastic is entering our oceans every sixty seconds and it’s ending up in our water- 94% of Americans having traces of plastic in their tap water. We deserve a plastic free future! We can only break free from plastic if companies take responsibility for their part in choking our oceans. We’re urging City O’ City, Watercourse, and Make Believe Bakery to phase out all single use plastics in their restaurants and promote solutions that end the culture behind single use plastic. Our waterways need to be protected from plastic pollution. Add your name to demand to see a plastic free future in Denver!