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They are as ubiquitous as they are deadly. Plastic bags are in grocery stores across the United States, helping shoppers carry their goods to car and home with ease.

But what is the real cost of a few minutes of carrying convenience?

The resources and effort that goes into producing plastic grocery bags is enormous. It's estimated that U.S. retailers spend $4 billion a year on disposable bags which in turn inflates the cost of goods. According to the Citizens' Campaign for the Environment, it takes 2.2 billion pounds of fossil fuels and 3.9 billion gallons of fresh water to produce the 100 billion plastic bags the U.S. consumes each year, the manufacturing process of which results a billion pounds of solid waste and 2.7 million tons of CO2 per year. The bags are made from crude oil and natural gas, both of which are dirty, nonrenewable energy sources.

Plastic bags harm animals on land, air, and sea. Animals often mistake them for food and upon consumption, the bags block air and/or digestive passages causing death. In fact, 267 species of marine life are negatively impacted by plastic pollution, and it's believed that every square mile of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.

Around the world, 20 countries have already implemented plastic bag legislation. In the United States, 148 cities have some form of plastic bag legislation, 5 cities have a plastic bag fee, and DC taxes plastic bags. And contrary to what the plastics industry may say, in cities and nations that have enacted plastic bag bans, there has been no proof linking the legislation to negatively impacting the grocery business.

Clearly, the benefits to regulating plastic grocery bags to the annals of history has many benefits for both people and the planet. Please urge the EPA to draft and advocate for legislation that would ban plastic grocery bags in the USA.

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To the Secretary of the EPA:

Plastic grocery bags are destroying our ecosystem and animal life all for a few moments of convenience to carry purchases from store to home. As concerned citizens, we are writing to you to ask you to step in.

Please draft and advocate for legislation that would ban plastic grocery bags in the USA.

The resources and effort that goes into producing plastic grocery bags is enormous. It's estimated that U.S. retailers spend $4 billion a year on disposable bags which in turn inflates the cost of goods. According to the Citizens' Campaign for the Environment, it takes 2.2 billion pounds of fossil fuels and 3.9 billion gallons of fresh water to produce the 100 billion plastic bags the U.S. consumes each year, the manufacturing process of which results a billion pounds of solid waste and 2.7 million tons of CO2 per year. The bags are made from crude oil and natural gas, both of which are dirty, nonrenewable energy sources.

Plastic bags harm animals on land, air, and sea. Animals often mistake them for food and upon consumption, block air and/or digestive passages causing death. In fact, 267 species of marine life are negatively impacted by plastic pollution, and it's believed that every square mile of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.

Around the world, 20 countries have already implemented plastic bag legislation. In the United States, 148 cities have some form of plastic bag legislation, 5 cities have a plastic bag fee, and DC taxes plastic bags. And contrary to what the plastics industry may say, in cities and nations that have enacted plastic bag bans, there has been no proof linking the legislation to negatively impacting the grocery business.

Clearly, the benefits to regulating plastic grocery bags to the annals of history has many benefits for both people and the planet. Please do your part to end the dangerous ubiquity of plastic grocery bags!

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 20, 2018 Lou McMullen
Jan 8, 2018 Joy Smiley
Jan 7, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Jan 7, 2018 Rhoda Slanger
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2018 Jo Ardell
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 25, 2017 M D
Dec 20, 2017 barbara gale
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2017 Cynthia Marzett
Dec 13, 2017 Alice Calkins
Dec 12, 2017 Petra Jones
Nov 30, 2017 Margaret Kuns
Nov 30, 2017 Maria Blanchard
Nov 30, 2017 Jefferson Maples It time to find better ways its time I find another way I always cut my plastic bottle things up I realized I now must do more we have a responsibility
Nov 29, 2017 Brenda Webster
Nov 27, 2017 June Curley
Nov 25, 2017 Sofi Nordstrom
Nov 21, 2017 john pivirotto
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 19, 2017 Catherine Brown
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 13, 2017 susan munro
Nov 13, 2017 Erika Somlai
Nov 12, 2017 Mary Baker-Lauderdale
Nov 12, 2017 Patricia Ferguson
Nov 11, 2017 Sandra Chapman Please the whole world needs to stop the use of all plastic, go bag to paper bags, recycled paper, surely now there is enough destruction of the oceans and the world for this not to be a priority.
Nov 11, 2017 Chittaranjan Reddy
Nov 11, 2017 geri perry
Nov 11, 2017 Simona Bergman
Nov 11, 2017 Gigi Middlebrook This stuff is killing our occeans and earth.
Nov 9, 2017 Yardenah Presler
Nov 9, 2017 Linda Treuhaft
Nov 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2017 Sherie Holomuzki
Nov 6, 2017 Margaret Fitch
Nov 4, 2017 Ann Lamarche
Nov 3, 2017 Ari Schwartz
Nov 2, 2017 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
Nov 2, 2017 Denise Saccone
Nov 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 1, 2017 Kandy Chewning
Oct 31, 2017 Susan Sellerd
Oct 31, 2017 Casey Kaemerer
Oct 29, 2017 Joan Christensen
Oct 29, 2017 Mark Schulman Eliminating plastic bags is a no-brainer

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