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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


Jun 26, 2017 Ricardo Cottrell
Jun 25, 2017 Mildred Huffmire
Jun 25, 2017 Tootie Milburn
Jun 25, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Jun 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2017 Martha Wallace
Jun 22, 2017 sirena green
Jun 21, 2017 Sandra Leaper Plastic bags are ruining our planet. BAN plastic grocery bags in the USA.
Jun 21, 2017 margaret halley Plastic is not biodegradable. Only when people become directly harmed from plastic trash, people will care.
Jun 21, 2017 Colette Winslow
Jun 21, 2017 ferruccio ROMEO
Jun 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Jun 19, 2017 Beverley Errington
Jun 17, 2017 karen gillum
Jun 15, 2017 Ileana Lopez
Jun 15, 2017 Pam Kelly
Jun 14, 2017 Kathy Sawdy
Jun 14, 2017 Garnett Lohrey
Jun 13, 2017 G Chan
Jun 13, 2017 JODI ABEL
Jun 12, 2017 marisol cañizares
Jun 12, 2017 Yoly Marcano
Jun 11, 2017 Martin Henz
Jun 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2017 Tina Flagg Plastic Does NOT Go “Away”.
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Linda Cook
Jun 8, 2017 SHERRY SMITH
Jun 8, 2017 Terri Sider
Jun 8, 2017 Tracy Schalk
Jun 8, 2017 Denise Garner
Jun 6, 2017 Bridgette Kinna
Jun 3, 2017 Frédéric Jaubert
Jun 3, 2017 Dawn Gemme
Jun 2, 2017 DD REDMAN
Jun 2, 2017 Millie Mondragon
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May 31, 2017 Andrew docherty
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

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