Banning plastic bags in retail stores in Summerland B.C. Canada

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Plastic is one of the most harmful pollutants for marine organisms and ecosystems in the world. Plastic is non biodegradable which means it cannot be changed into a non toxic state through bacteria; instead the plastics turn into microplastics which make them virtually impossible to clean up. Marine life commonly mistakes plastic for a food source causing them to choke, get tangled, or shutting down their bodily functions from accumulating plastics over a period of time. Larger marine life can't avoid accumulating microplastics due to bioaccumulation.


Plastics are most commonly made from crude oil which makes them cheap to produce; this is why plastic bags are popular within retail stores.The chemicals in plastics could be having devastating impacts on ecosystems by making the organisms within the ecosystems unable to reproduce successfully due to illness. An estimated 5 to 13 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the oceans each year; this is due to the fact that 33% of all plastic materials are only used once, then disposed of.


Plastics also have a negative impact on humans. We ingest microplastics from them passing through the food chain and ending up in some of our marine food sources. We not only ingest these plastics through eating them; plastic fibers are also found in roughly 83% of all tap water.  Some of the direct ways certain plastics can harm us are that they contain mercury, cadmium, lead, and Diethylhexyl phthalate. Plastics have even been connected to causing various health risks such as cancers, birth defects, immune system problems, and childhood developmental issues.


Our Civics 11 class at Summerland Secondary School has started a campaign to follow in suit of other towns and cities throughout Canada, such as Victoria and Montreal, that have decided to work towards banning plastic bags and using alternative eco-friendly bags. By signing this petition, you will help us achieve our goal to make a bylaw in Summerland, B.C. Canada that will ban plastic retail bags and make our town a more environmentally sustainable community.  



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