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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


Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2017 Esmè Evans
Feb 27, 2017 Kaley Bill
Feb 26, 2017 Robin Gregory
Feb 26, 2017 Cristina da Cruz AWFUL inventions, these awful plastic bags !!! There are so many other alternatives, let's use them instead !!!
Feb 26, 2017 labarre Paola
Feb 25, 2017 ARIANNE CUSTER
Feb 24, 2017 gisela zech
Feb 24, 2017 Paul Statman
Feb 23, 2017 Andreas Sachs
Feb 21, 2017 Annam Fisher
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2017 Francisca Brechbuhler
Feb 19, 2017 Beatrix Janek-Oefelein
Feb 19, 2017 Dulcie Camp
Feb 18, 2017 Courtney Kovacs
Feb 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) Reusable shopping bags are available for reasonable purchase costs online as well as at many brick & mortar stores in malls or downtown shops which often also rip far less than plastic bags.
Feb 17, 2017 Kathleen Williams
Feb 17, 2017 Luigina Agostinone
Feb 16, 2017 Debra Zamudio
Feb 16, 2017 Patricia Poole
Feb 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2017 M Kent
Feb 16, 2017 Jean-Claude Morin
Feb 16, 2017 Sharon brink
Feb 16, 2017 Linn Barrett Ban Plastic Bags!
Feb 15, 2017 Pamela Ierubino
Feb 15, 2017 Celina Silva
Feb 12, 2017 MAIDA ROBARGE
Feb 12, 2017 Kathleen Thomas
Feb 12, 2017 Sue McMullen Paper bags should replace the plastic that is killing creatures on land and in the oceans.
Feb 12, 2017 alessa lanning
Feb 12, 2017 Susanne Eckert
Feb 11, 2017 Tristin Pollet
Feb 11, 2017 June Helker
Feb 11, 2017 Marjorie Smith
Feb 10, 2017 Khanada Azeleia We use reusable in California and it's making a difference and of no inconvenience!
Feb 10, 2017 José Ángel
Feb 9, 2017 Sara Rosenau
Feb 9, 2017 Carleen Rosenau
Feb 9, 2017 Adele Knox-Roberts
Feb 9, 2017 Rosanne Anderson
Feb 9, 2017 Adrian Wills
Feb 9, 2017 Andre Walter
Feb 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2017 Oscar Landé
Feb 6, 2017 Cinzia Dottori
Feb 5, 2017 Anna Tangi
Feb 5, 2017 Diane Wildes
Feb 4, 2017 Cindy Ray

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