Ban the plastic bag in California
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Please take 15 seconds to read the paragraph below and even if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
Follow these compelling facts:
Californians use an estimated 12 BILLION plastic bags a year. Unfortunately, the immediate convenience of plastic bags comes with serious long-term economic and environmental costs for ALL Californians. Cities and counties all over California have led the charge in banning plastic bags. The citizen's of California have attempted twice before to eliminate plastic bag waste statewide but were unfortunately voted down.
Prior senate bills SB215 or SB405 would have created a uniform policy for California providing regulatory certainty for businesses and consumers that phases out single-use plastic bags in supermarkets, retail pharmacies, and convenience stores statewide and encourages consumers to use reusable bags, which is the most sustainable long-term alternative.
New legislation is needed in 2014 in order to significantly reduce plastic bag pollution (aka “The Urban Tumble Weed") in our communities, our beaches and save taxpayers money.
Many other California counties have already adopted this ban with amazing results and have proven that it's the right thing to do for ourselves, our children, wildlife, California and the planet!
Hawaiian's just banned the plastic bag and Californian's can too!
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Together we can get this done...Thanks in advance for your support!
John Mellberg, Executive Director
Trevor's Eco Education Foundation
Disposable single-use plastic bags, introduced just 25 years ago, are currently consumed at an alarming global rate of 500 billion per year. As a concerned citizen of California, I am writing to ask you to consider introducing legislature in California that taxes these bags, a solution already proven effective around the world.
Single-use disposable bags present an insidious threat to our environment on multiple levels.
They often wind up in waterways or on the landscape, becoming eyesores and degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny toxic bits. Their manufacture, transportation and disposal uses large quantities of non-renewable resources and releases equally large amounts of global-warming gases. Ecologically, hundreds of thousands of marine animals die every year when they eat plastic bags mistaken for food.
These problems can be mitigated by simply advocating—and legislating—the consumption of fewer disposable bags and the use of reusable ones. One easy way to do this is by charging for their usage at the point of purchase. This was first done successfully in Ireland where the government introduced a plastic bag tax (PlasTax) that has slashed consumption over 90% and raised $9.6 million for environmental and waste management projects. Retailers were happy as well: they both saved the costs of bag purchases and improved their public image by doing the
Please consider legislation for a PlasTax here in our home state of California. It creates a foundation for consumer responsibility and market-based solutions to environmental problems. And it’s an easy, win-win solution to a problem that has
gotten way out of control.
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