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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


Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Whipple
Apr 14, 2018 Mary Lyda
Apr 14, 2018 Erin Kennedy The oceans are choking! Stop using plastic bags!
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Apr 9, 2018 KURT CRUGER
Apr 7, 2018 Wendy Kasprzyk
Apr 6, 2018 Regina Mairs Amadei
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 Lane Page
Apr 5, 2018 Teresa Bradford
Apr 5, 2018 Beau Ryba
Apr 5, 2018 Richard Rheder
Apr 4, 2018 Nancy Wein
Apr 3, 2018 Megan Speight
Apr 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 2, 2018 kathleen conroy
Apr 2, 2018 SCOT STIER
Mar 31, 2018 Nan Newall
Mar 31, 2018 Dave Croft
Mar 28, 2018 barbara wallace
Mar 27, 2018 Sean Sullivan
Mar 27, 2018 Angela LaRochelle
Mar 27, 2018 Kathy Jones
Mar 27, 2018 Llauren Peralta
Mar 27, 2018 Laura Krause
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 26, 2018 daryll graff
Mar 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2018 Lourdes Almenara
Mar 26, 2018 Tracy Wood
Mar 25, 2018 Erin Sackmann
Mar 25, 2018 Mary Rand
Mar 25, 2018 Roberta Norris
Mar 25, 2018 Janis Ciofalo
Mar 25, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Mar 25, 2018 Jan Allen
Mar 25, 2018 Judy Boyce This ban is well overdue.
Mar 25, 2018 Martha Williams
Mar 25, 2018 Patricia E Anderson
Mar 24, 2018 ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΑ ΧΛΩΡΟΥ
Mar 24, 2018 Joann Henderson
Mar 24, 2018 perle girl
Mar 23, 2018 AMY KOMACK
Mar 22, 2018 Susan Hopf
Mar 20, 2018 Carole Osborn
Mar 20, 2018 Lesley Adamson
Mar 19, 2018 Janis Higgins
Mar 19, 2018 Ash Rawal
Mar 19, 2018 Brenda Laurin

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