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