The final straw

A&W will ban plastic straws. Will Harvey’s follow suit?

Canadians throw out around 57 million straws everyday, polluting the oceans with tonnes of plastic.

A&W just announced its commitment to phase out plastic straws by the end of the year. It’s time Harvey’s followed suit.

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Harvey’s uses tens of millions of straws every year. It’s no wonder most of them end up in the ocean where they can get wedged up the noses of sea turtles or ingested by a sea bird, contributing the the scourge of plastic ravaging our waters.

Harvey’s is the... second biggest Canadian fast food chain and its parent company, Cara, owns 18 other major restaurant chains across the country, including Swiss Chalet, New York Fries, Kelsey's, Casey's, St Hubert and East Side Marios.

One of Harvey's main competitors, A&W, just committed to eliminating plastic straws in all its stores by January 2019. A huge outcry could be show these this fast food giant that its customers are willing to get a burger elsewhere if its doesn’t step up like A&W stop using plastic straws. If we can get Cara to ban straws in all its chains, including Harvey's, we could really clean up the Canadian restaurant industry and protect our oceans from this plastic plague.

Tell Harvey's, and its parent company, Cara to step up and stop using plastic straws.

Around 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year -- enough that, by 2050, there would be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Not only that, but the plastic doesn’t degrade. It just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces that end up in the stomachs of birds, fish and sea mammals, eventually killing them as their stomachs fill with plastic instead of food.

Getting rid of straws would make a major dent in cleaning up our ocean and help save wildlife from the plague of plastic.

SumOfUs has been working to tackle the plastics crisis. Over 105,000 members like you signed a petition calling on the federal government to support a motion that would take on plastics in a real way. Two weeks ago, we hand delivered it to the Minister of Environment’s office and held the government to account on national television. We know that, when we work together, we can take on fast food giants like Harvey’s and protect our oceans.

Cara: step up and stop using plastic straws today.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Amelia, Angus and the team at SumOfUs

More information:

A&W Canada to eliminate plastic straws from all restaurants, CBC, 08 June 2018
Canadian restaurateurs and consumers say "straws suck" Metro, 11 July 2017
Pressure Mounts on Canada to Devise Solution to Stop Plstics Pollution, Global TV, 05 June 2018

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