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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


Jul 25, 2017 Peter Wennström
Jul 25, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby BRAVO! to those who have already banned them!!
Jul 23, 2017 John Neumeister
Jul 23, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
Jul 22, 2017 Louise Broderick
Jul 22, 2017 Marjorie Hass
Jul 22, 2017 tammy bullock
Jul 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Judith Mayhew
Jul 22, 2017 Christine Ciempola
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 Leigha Henson
Jul 22, 2017 Serenella Castri
Jul 21, 2017 Pamela Hazen
Jul 21, 2017 Sandra Williamson
Jul 21, 2017 Pat Parkin
Jul 21, 2017 Mick Mars What about hemp paper bags?
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2017 Jodi Bandola
Jul 20, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Jul 20, 2017 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 20, 2017 Jo-Anne Stevens
Jul 19, 2017 Judy Brown Seriously, this is a huge problem, and needs to be addressed!
Jul 15, 2017 Susan Briggs
Jul 15, 2017 Henri Delavigne Stewardship, in the Christian tradition, implies protection. [Hu]Man should exist in harmony with the Earth, not work against it as is noted in Colossians 1:16-17
Jul 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Linda Hunt
Jul 13, 2017 michael chase
Jul 12, 2017 Sylvia Cardella
Jul 12, 2017 jose ignacio
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2017 Robina Ingram-Rich
Jul 9, 2017 Jim Faulks
Jul 9, 2017 Mikki Mahoney
Jul 9, 2017 Charmaine Shannon
Jul 9, 2017 mihaela gongescu
Jul 8, 2017 Debbie Horn
Jul 8, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Jul 8, 2017 André Henrique Bacci
Jul 8, 2017 chiara fumi
Jul 7, 2017 Jeanette Kelly
Jul 5, 2017 Robin Shirley
Jul 4, 2017 Debbie Taylor
Jul 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Jul 2, 2017 Barbara Phillips
Jun 28, 2017 Debra Curci
Jun 27, 2017 Irmgard Gutersohn We can do without plastic bags!

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