Ban the Plastic Bag in Our Beautiful Coastal Town - Beaufort, SC
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25 minutes is the average time ONE plastic bag is used before it ends up in nature. In a landfill, these single-use bags will take up to 1,000 years to degrade. A symbol of our throw-away society, the single-use plastic bag is a scourge for the environment and the oceans. Bags have dramatic consequences on the environment, the fauna and flora.
Mankind is responsible for the pollution, but mankind is also the solution. The “Ban the Bag” campaign is designed to help citizens, shopkeepers and local authorities take action to phase-out single-use plastic bags.
The average consumer uses 500 bags a year, about 80 percent are plastic. According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually! An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags.
Plastic bags tend to disrupt the environment in a serious way. They get into soil and slowly release toxic chemicals. Plastic bags make their way into oceans, rivers, and water ways with the unfortunate consequence being that animals eat them and often choke and die. They also find their way into soil, leeching harmful chemicals and impacting agriculture negatively.
It is estimated world wide that 1 TRILLION bags are used and discarded EVERY YEAR. As of 2017, plastic bags have been around for 30 years. In Australia alone, 3.92 billion plastic bags a year, that's over 10 million new bags being used every day - in just Australia alone!
While there may not be a perfect solution, there are better alternative solutions to plastic bag waste.
Some viable solutions include:
- A complete ban, switching completely to reusable longer life bags, eliminating paper and plastic bags altogether
- Bag tax, charging shoppers a fee to purchase single use plastic bags. This encourages bags to be reused and reduces the amount of bags consumed and thrown away
- Paper or biodegradable bags (Paper bags degrade in approx 1 month, biodegradable bags decompose in 3-6 months)
- Providing more plastic bag recycling stations
For more information on the various solutions visit:
Which states/cities are already taking some type of action?
- District of Columbia
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- Isle of Palms & Folly Beach, South Carolina
Let's add Beaufort, South Carolina to the list!
It's time for change! Sign this petition to tell Beaufort City Councilmen and Councilwoman we are ready to do better. Ban the Bag to help protect our water ways and nature.
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