All around the nation, cities and states are getting the message that disposable plastic bags are terrible for the environment.
Today, the average American uses 300 to 700 single-use plastic bags every year. This "urban tumbleweed" clogs landfills and beaches and creates the Great Pacific Garbage patch, a Texas-sized swirl of ocean plastic debris and a deathtrap to wildlife.
Unfortunately, this week, California lawmakers voted down what would have been a landmark statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, the nation's first.
Its failure was largely thanks a massive lobbying and PR campaign mounted by the plastic bag industry as represented by the American Chemistry Council, which in reality is backed by the oil and petrochemical companies, such as Dow Chemical and Exxon Mobil, that make plastics.
Their campaign is not just rooted in California. From Seattle to Washington, D.C., the group has continually pushed to halt bag tax or ban initiatives that would curb use.
What's worrisome is that many other cities and states, such as Oregon and Austin, Texas, are also considering plastic bag bans or taxes. There is no doubt that the American Chemistry Council will turn up at every chance to fight either of these options.
Will you sign this petition to tell the American Chemistry Council to cease its efforts to stymie government initiatives that will cut down on single-use plastic bags?