McDonald's uses millions of plastic straws every single day -- and they're clogging our oceans.
Plastic straws don't degrade but instead break down into smaller and smaller pieces.
These small, light bits of plastic end up stuck in sea turtles' nostrils, lodged in the stomachs of baby seabirds, and even back on our plates after being eaten by fish.
To take on McDonald's -- and get millions of plastic straws out of our oceans -- we know we need to think big. So we're planning billboards, spoof ads, and even a massive public action outside their HQ. But we can't do this without you.
Will you chip in for a massive campaign to really get McDonald's attention?
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our oceans -- 8 million tonnes of plastic pollution ends up dumped in our seas every year.
That's five plastic shopping bags of plastic waste for every single foot of coastline in the world.
1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die each year thanks to plastics dumped in the oceans.
Plastic straws are one of the most common items found in beach cleanups -- and as they are so difficult to avoid, if a straw isn't swallowed whole by a large bird or lodged in a sea turtle's nostril, the bits it breaks into can be eaten by fish or fed to chicks that end up starving to death with stomachs full of plastic.
The fast food industry says it's too expensive to use compostable straws. We say that it's too expensive not to.
We know that when SumOfUs members like you stand up for what's right, together we can force corporations to change. After all we've done it before.
We've forced McDonald's -- along with companies like Starbucks and KFC -- to commit to sourcing 100% responsible palm oil. When we expose the ugly side of corporate giants -- like McDonald's -- they take action to protect their brand. And in doing so we score a massive victory for our planet.
Already, over 250,000 SumOfUs members have called on McDonald's to ditch plastic straws and switch to a sustainable alternative. Now, with your help, we're going to ramp up the pressure. With your donation, we can pay for a massive public campaign to ramp up the pressure on McDonald's to kick its plastic straw habit -- and take millions of plastic straws out of our seas every single day.