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Stop using plastic shopping bags
  • Petitioned Goodwill Industries
  • Responded

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Director of Public Relations
Goodwill Industries
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President
Jim Gibbons
CEO
Michael Miller
District Manager
Portland

Stop using plastic shopping bags

    1. Petition by

      F Mason

      Portland, OR

I am hoping Goodwill will become more environmentally mindful and quit using disposable, plastic bags in the retail stores. While plastic bags are banned in some grocery stores, and other stores have quit using plastic on their own accord, Goodwill continues to use them. Goodwill receives donated items that could be reused, or customers could BYOB! Goodwill could even create jobs by hiring people to sew reusable bags from donated items, which could then be sold.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Ocean plastic app

      F Mason
      by F Mason
      Petition Organizer

      Today I read:
      "The average person can do their part to reduce ocean trash, Mallos said. Because consumer plastics are a huge part of the problem, resolving to use reusable grocery bags, coffee mugs and water bottles can keep one-time use plastics out of the oceans. The Ocean Conservancy has developed a free app, called Rippl, designed to nudge users into a more ocean-friendly routine by reminding them to take those sorts of small actions."

    2. Plastic bag ban in Portland

      F Mason
      by F Mason
      Petition Organizer

      Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:16 PM PST Updated: Nov 15, 2012 3:21 PM PST
      PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
      The city of Portland is expanding its ban on plastic bags.

      The City Council voted unanimously Thursday to include all retail and food businesses in the city as part of the ordinance.
      The policy began on Oct. 15, 2011, and affected 167 stores inside the city limits, mainly grocery stores and pharmacies.
      A one-year progress report by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability showed that the city received fewer than five complaints from consumers regarding retailers that weren't complying with the ordinance.
      The report also stated reusable checkout bag use increased 304 percent. Use of recyclable paper checkout bags increased 491 percent.
      The new proposal will prohibit any retail business or food provider with a store size greater than 10,000 square feet from using plastic bags beginning on March 1, 2013. All others will be required to only provide recycled paper bag

    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. Response from Goodwill

      F Mason
      by F Mason
      Petition Organizer

      Hi there :
      Your local Goodwill has been using biodegradable bags for more than 2 years. In 18 months they turn into corn starch! Thanks for asking, keep up the good fight.
      Dale Emanuel PR manager Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette

      Goodwill Industries
      Director of Public Relations
      lauren.lawson@goodwill.org

      Thank you for the response but this is no solution. Goodwill has the opportunity to reduce waste and to stop littering our streets AND create jobs. And this does not address the bags in the states in this country.
      It would do wonders for Goodwill's image!!
      Images for plastic bag litter -

      Thank you

      plastic‑bags3.jpg
      peopleforgreenjustice.com
      640 × 480 - ... it is to reduce litter and the damage these bags cause. Thousands of aquatic life are harmed or killed from theseplastic death traps.

    5. Decision-maker Goodwill Industries responds:

      Goodwill Industries

      Hi there :
      Your local Goodwill has been using biodegradable bags for more than 2 years. In 18 months they turn into corn starch! Thanks for asking, keep up the good fight.

      Dale Emanuel PR manager Goodwill Industries of the Columbia W...


    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Joseph Ritrovato VANCOUVER, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Goodwill should be setting a good example, not lagging behind when it comes to it doing the right thing. It would be a good PR move for them if they would put into practice what this petition requests of them.

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    • Jocelyn Slater FALMOUTH, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I don't support the existence of the goodwill chain, but many people rely on them for basic necessities. Just like many similar stores across the country, goodwill is one of the cheapest, and least eco-friendly (two descriptions that often go hand-in-hand) of all chain stores, or charity stores. Plastic is one of the least clean materials to be recycled which is ever used for anything. Many plastic bags end up in landfills or falling off a garbage truck. It blows into a river or creek, and from there, into an ocean. Animals like turtles or dolphins then mistake it for their natural food or a toy and end up dying.

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    • megan mcisaac LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      look around the parkinglots in portland or chicago or even here in los angeles and what do you see the most of? for me it's plastic bags. i shop at the goodwill to find one of a kind unique items and i always have to remind cashiers over and over again that i dont need a plastic bag. we always laugh it off and i end up without a plastic bag, but it is really pushed on them to bag everything. ive seen cashiers get yelled at for not offering to bag my purchase (okay, so that only happened one time.) i would love to see the goodwill industries ban the plastic and offer more tote bags and re-usable bags at the counter or near the checkout for encouragement.

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