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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


May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 29, 2017 Rahula Gunasekera
May 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2017 Lanette Rapp
May 29, 2017 Tina Bailey
May 29, 2017 Jeanette Schneider
May 28, 2017 Ben Cachola
May 28, 2017 Michele Villeneuve
May 28, 2017 Kathleen Coffman
May 28, 2017 Jacqueline Tay
May 28, 2017 Robin MIllis
May 27, 2017 Kathleen Tucker
May 27, 2017 Linda Gordon
May 27, 2017 Eric Fettman
May 26, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 26, 2017 kathy messer
May 25, 2017 Helen Torosian
May 25, 2017 Lora Zeis Please ban the use of plastic bags everywhere!
May 25, 2017 Karin Lindberg
May 22, 2017 susan foley
May 21, 2017 Cindi Keane These bags are so harmful to our dry lands AND especially our wetlands. Thousands of our marinelife are dying each year from injesting plastics of all sorts. The next time your waiter/waitress gives you a straw, refuse it. Save a fish!
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Quentin Fischer
May 19, 2017 Urszula Lund
May 13, 2017 Bob Thorne
May 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2017 Stephen Moyer
May 9, 2017 David Crawford
May 8, 2017 Kalliope M.
May 7, 2017 Richard Bosboom
May 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2017 Myrna Marcarian
May 5, 2017 elisabetta cornaggia
May 5, 2017 Sandra Schomberg
May 5, 2017 Diane Sterner
May 3, 2017 Mary Prelovsky
May 3, 2017 leslie shellberg
May 1, 2017 Zara Ivanova
May 1, 2017 Dr Sandra Schneider
May 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 1, 2017 Edmond Ciesielski
May 1, 2017 Karen Wever
Apr 30, 2017 Arnaud Henseval
Apr 30, 2017 NATHALIE GOVI
Apr 28, 2017 Helene Szczepaniak
Apr 27, 2017 Brendan Tennefoss
Apr 27, 2017 Jean Kim
Apr 26, 2017 Veronique Ciesielski

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