Ban Plastic Bags in Massachusetts
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California, Hawaii and many cities across the U.S. have already banned the use of single-use plastic bags, it's time Massachusetts does too. "Between 1960 and 2013, the average amount of trash generated by each person in the U.S. nearly doubled from 2.68 to 4.40 pounds per day." (epa.gov) Banning plastic bags would dramatically reduce this number, and clean up our parks, beaches, oceans and towns. Furthermore, banning plastic bags would lessen the pollution emitted by factories, and the production of plastic causes toxins to be spread into the air. They're not safe to breathe in. Plastic bags are made from non-renewable sources and contribute directly to climate change. When fish eat the plastics that end up in the oceans, and humans eat these fish, dangerous substances are exposed to the human body. On average, taxpayers end up paying about $88 per year just on plastic bag waste. Overall, plastic bags pose a threat to animal and human health and harm our planet other governments are banning plastic bags, and it's time ours follows their lead. This petition will go to the Massachusetts State House as well as other state legislators. The time to act is now!
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