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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


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
Oct 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2017 Nancy Parks-Smith
Oct 29, 2017 Maria Munoz BAN THe BAG!!!!!!
Oct 29, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 26, 2017 ilse Maene
Oct 26, 2017 Karen Hibbard
Oct 26, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Oct 26, 2017 Elizabeth Clay
Oct 25, 2017 char koblick
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please do the right thing.
Oct 25, 2017 Kristine Wigand
Oct 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2017 May Mcdermott
Oct 24, 2017 Suzanne Ursula lebon STOP KILLING THE PLANET!
Oct 24, 2017 patricia stewart
Oct 23, 2017 Louise Gross
Oct 23, 2017 Rebecca Oberlin
Oct 22, 2017 Cathy Dennler
Oct 22, 2017 Lida Stevenson
Oct 22, 2017 janine pol
Oct 22, 2017 Ekta Singh
Oct 21, 2017 Nicky Weir
Oct 21, 2017 Carol Wellman
Oct 21, 2017 Melissa Bird

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