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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


Aug 13, 2018 Donna Holinej
Aug 10, 2018 Elynne Kane Plastic bags are banned in Suffolk County, NY and the rest of the country should do the same
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 5, 2018 Jason Altman
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 5, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Aug 4, 2018 Sisko Jyrälä
Aug 3, 2018 Elva Munro
Aug 3, 2018 Hannah Lee
Aug 3, 2018 Glynis Simmons
Aug 3, 2018 VICTORIA hALL
Aug 3, 2018 James Williams
Aug 2, 2018 sophie adam
Aug 2, 2018 Beverly Rodigo
Aug 2, 2018 Roswitha Marcuzzi
Aug 2, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
Aug 2, 2018 Rod Sutton
Aug 2, 2018 Cathy King-Chuparkoff
Aug 2, 2018 Susan Frederick
Aug 2, 2018 Melissa McKenna Ditch the plastic. Marine life and nature in general deserve better.
Aug 2, 2018 Tammy Kelly
Aug 2, 2018 Ashley Cascante
Jul 29, 2018 Wendy Green
Jul 29, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 29, 2018 Jan Flickinger
Jul 28, 2018 Ken Canty
Jul 21, 2018 Terri Raimondo
Jul 21, 2018 Dolores Herrmann
Jul 20, 2018 Nancy Willetts
Jul 19, 2018 Elvira Trebesius
Jul 19, 2018 Kathie Boley
Jul 19, 2018 A Davis
Jul 19, 2018 Victoria Cline
Jul 19, 2018 Cynthia Murphy
Jul 19, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jul 16, 2018 Ellen McConnell
Jul 16, 2018 Judith Lotz
Jul 9, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jul 1, 2018 Frances Gower
Jul 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 30, 2018 Andrea Vos
Jun 30, 2018 Elizabeth Chiribi
Jun 30, 2018 Aileen Glynn
Jun 29, 2018 Candice C
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 Kristi Martin
Jun 29, 2018 ashley erdmann
Jun 29, 2018 Jan Mukomela The garbage company is the culprit to when picking up trash, bags fly out of trucks and land on street where the wind carries them.
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN

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