BRING YOUR OWN BAG

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An estimated 60,000 plastic bags are used every five seconds in the U.S. That is about a 100 billion plastic bags the US consumes each year. All of which are preventable by bringing your own bag. According to the EPA, between 500 billion to a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. These bags are used for an average of 12 minutes, but they remain in landfills, oceans, parks and beaches for thousands of years. 

There are many places that they can be taken to be recycled, but in reality figures show that only 1% of all plastic bags are recycled, with most heading for landfill, or worse, our oceans. One of the greatest problems is that an estimated 300 million plastic bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone. These bags are very harmful for sea life, especially those of the mammal variety. Any hunting mammal can easily mistake the size, shape, and texture of the plastic bag for a meal and find its airway is cut off. Needless deaths from plastic bags are increasing every year. Animals on land also become victim to this non-biodegradable product.

Plastic bags also have a negative impact on our waterways. In Australia, 50 million garbage bags end up as litter yearly, and the “plastic soup” patch floating in the Pacific Ocean is twice the size of the continental United States and 80 percent of it is plastic. In 1998, plastic bag pollution in Bangledesh clogged storm drains and was the primary cause of severe floods that submerged 2/3 of the country.

Plastic bags come from the same source as all plastic does, known as crude oil. Like everything else manufactured from this non-renewable resource, it has two major drawbacks: manufacturing it emits considerable amounts of pollution, and the product is not biodegradable. In other words, it is difficult to produce, and nearly impossible to get rid of once produced. But one thing that isn't impossible, is Bringing Your Own Bag.

This petition is formed to create awareness and mindfulness of how we choose to live on earth. To realize that change starts within and how changing minor habits like bringing your own bag can create a huge impact on life around us. This page is also created to urge big companies like Walmart, Kroger, Target and various other retailers to urge its buyers to bring their own bag by charging a fee for plastic bags and eliminating production and consumption of plastic bags as much as possible.



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