Ban Single-Use Plastic Shopping Bags in New Mexico
  • Petitioned The Government of New Mexico

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The Government of New Mexico

Ban Single-Use Plastic Shopping Bags in New Mexico

    1. Bethany Bauer
    2. Petition by

      Bethany Bauer

      Albuquerque, NM

This is important because we are consuming more and more virtually useless petroleum products. Single use plastic shopping bags are made out of oil, they are very toxic; we use them for 10 minutes and they take hundreds, even thousands of years to decompose.

When they are recycled, (only about 1%, but that's something) most of them are turned into low quality items such as doormats that end up in a landfill anyways. Also, a lot of plastic carrier bags never make it to the landfill. They end up killing a defenseless animal in the Pacific Ocean.

In 50 years from now, it is estimated we will be out of oil, if not sooner. We need to stop being greedy humans and take care of where we live, planet Earth. Ban the plastic shopping bags in New Mexican grocery stores!

Also view the blog for this petition here.

Recent signatures


    1. Letter from the Governor!

      Bethany Bauer
      Petition Organizer

      I got a response letter from the office of Governer Susana Martinez today:

      "Dear Ms. Bauer:

      Thank you very much for your letter. I am working hard to bring bold change to New Mexico, and it is important that all constituents contribute to making our state a better place.

      Thank you for your thoughts on petroleum products and the elimination of plastic shopping bags in New Mexico. My administration values your comments about issues, such as these, that are impacting the citizens of this great state.

      Your imput on these matters is greatly appreciated.

      Susana Martinez

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. Teen starts effort to ban plastic bags in Albuquerque

      Bethany Bauer
      Petition Organizer

      Another article on KOB. Thanks to everyone, and keep telling people! We can do this!

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. Teen starts petition to have plastic bags banned

      Bethany Bauer
      Petition Organizer

      This article is bringing lots of attention to my cause! I've had over 100 signatures since yesterday. Thank you so much to everyone who's signed and please remember to tell everyone you know. Together we can make a change!

    6. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nancy Hey ARLINGTON, VA
      • 9 months ago

      Seeing as how these types of shopping bags are wasteful of resources, and end up polluting the environment, it's time to ban them, and use "greener" alternatives.

    • Greg Trost ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • 9 months ago

      Plastic bags are harmful to wildlife, and they trash up the state. New Mexico as a whole must follow Santa Fe's example. We can be the first state to ban plastic bags, demonstrating the strength of culture that New Mexican's pride themselves on.

    • Barbara O'Brien NEW PALTZ, NY
      • 9 months ago

      Everyone has a stash of plastic bags, reuse them! recycle. Ban plastic water bottles. Use reusable ones!

    • Anne Dal Vera BAYFIELD, CO
      • 9 months ago

      Plastic lasts too long in our environment. Waste is a huge problem. We can do without single use bags!

    • Lisa Nelson ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • 10 months ago

      It makes no sense to use a disposable bag for just a few minutes, then throw it away.


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