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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 20, 2017 JOHN RUDOLPH
Aug 20, 2017 lynn szurek
Aug 18, 2017 Oscar Landé
Aug 18, 2017 Paul Zink Humans are choking the planet with our waste, especially our non biodegradable waste. This needs to stop, or the planet will be unfit for life.
Aug 16, 2017 JAVIER CARRERA
Aug 16, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Aug 15, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 10, 2017 susan chapman
Aug 10, 2017 Ellen Seeherman
Aug 10, 2017 Laura Verpalen
Aug 10, 2017 Helen Torosian
Aug 10, 2017 Andreas Papapanagiotou
Aug 10, 2017 Jacqueline Straw
Aug 9, 2017 Georgia Carver
Aug 7, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2017 Joanne Raby
Aug 7, 2017 Brian Reynolds
Aug 7, 2017 Jeannine de Baenst
Aug 5, 2017 sandra baptistela
Jul 31, 2017 KAREN WASSING
Jul 31, 2017 Jane Johnson
Jul 31, 2017 Laurine League
Jul 31, 2017 Garry Taroli
Jul 31, 2017 Denise Moore Plastic bags are everywhere hanging in trees, along roads, waterways, Please consider environmental actions to stop the littering of plastic bags
Jul 29, 2017 Curtis Tomlin
Jul 29, 2017 Lisa Harding
Jul 29, 2017 Nadine Miller
Jul 28, 2017 William Tarbox
Jul 28, 2017 judy hayne
Jul 28, 2017 April Garcia We need to save each and every single animal on this Earth.
Jul 28, 2017 serge gendron
Jul 28, 2017 RITA FRANCISCO
Jul 27, 2017 Suzanne Stephens
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

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