Help to Ban Plastic Bags in Denver
  • Petitioned Mayor Michael Hancock & the Denver City Council

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Mayor Michael Hancock & the Denver City Council

Help to Ban Plastic Bags in Denver

    1. Petition by

      Michael Garner

      Denver, CO

25% of the world's population now lives in areas with bans or fees on plastic bags.  We do not live in such a place at this moment. Sadly, the United States has not yet acted on this matter and has left the decision to local cities and states.  While some cities have succeeded in passing such regulations on their own, most have not.  Many that fail are the result of political lobbying, industry pressure, and misinformation campaigns.  Today is our chance to tell Denver to again take up the challenge of banning plastic bags.  Now is the time to make your voice heard.

Did you know: The average shopper uses over 500 single use shopping bags each year. That equates out to over 1-million single use shopping bags being used in America every minute. Less than 5% of the single use plastic bags ever get recycled. 25% of a recycling center's labor costs involves plastic-bag removal. Since banning plastic bags China has eliminated some 40 billion bags, the equivalent of 11.7 million barrels of oil. Each year an estimated 1-million sea birds and over 100,000 marine mammals die from ingesting plastic. Single use plastic bags that end up in our landfills take over 500 years to decompose.

We produce/consume more bags than we could ever recycle. Our only solution is to stop using the bags and institute a complete Plastic Bag Ban.

Please show your support and sign our petition so we can show Denver officials that you agree, we need to do something now and not let the chemical companies continue to attempt to convince us that the bags are needed.

Below are some links to articles and organizations trying to put a spotlight on the plastic bag problem facing the world. Don't hesitate to review these and others to help you make your own informed decision.

'The Plastic Bag Wars' - Rolling Stone August 2011

'Boulder Plastic Bag Ban: City Council is Waiting on Other Cities' - Huffington Post May 2011

'Out in the Pacific Plastic is Getting Drastic' - United Nations Environmental Programme (Article by Captain Charles Moore)

'Plastic Bag Bans 2.0?' - www.bagmonster.com

'Plastic Bags - The Harsh Facts' - YouTube

Plastic Bag Ban Report

Plastic Bag Laws

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Banning of the bags: Could the no-plastic trend be coming to Front Range?

      Michael Garner
      Petition Organizer

      Congratulations to the City of Seattle, who on Monday enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags! Surprisingly, this story in the Denver Post includes a link to our very own petition (congrats to all that have signed so far).

      Again, I must ask for your help in sharing this message and petition with others. As the article shows, our city council still does not consider this a noteworthy cause...so it's up to us to make our voices heard.

      Thanks for your support!

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. plastic bags being discussed by Boulder Council tonight!

      Michael Garner
      Petition Organizer

      This is a great opportunity to share our own message with others, while the subject is still fresh in the local news. Your help in passing along this petition is greatly appreciated...

    4. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Stacey Swetil-Rust DENVER, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      I pick these up everyday when I walk my dogs, they are a hazard to wildlife and a disaster in our water supply

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    • Gerri Lopez DENVER, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      We should be cognizant and responsible to protect our environment which will benefit our children

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    • Melody Heilscher DENVER, CO
      • about 3 years ago

      I live near a shopping center and my yard is littered with plastic bags that are wasted by consumers and blow away into my yard. I am tired of having to decline bags at stores (sometimes forcefully) and how wastefully they are used. Plastic bags are unnecessary and destructive to our environment which is far more important to our lives.

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    • Alan Francisco SAN YSIDRO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Ocean and landfill contamination shouldn't server Denver.

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    • Barbara Baker DENVER, CO
      • about 3 years ago

      This is an amazingly important cause! We need to reduce petroleum use in whatever ways we can.

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