Ban plastic carrier bags in Wales by 2020

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Petitioning Welsh Parliament and Government to:
Ban use of plastic bags in Wales by 2020 - why not lead the way for a change!

Sue Hay, South Wales, United Kingdom

Every single piece of plastic ever made, still exists. An extremely large amount of plastic bags will inevitably end up in our oceans, littering the floors and branches of our forests, killing both mammal and marine life alike. Plastic bags are responsible for the decline and extinction of thousands of species Worldwide. It is hard to recycle plastic bags.  By banning plastic bags we will be setting a global standard and example for the rest of this planet and leading from the front for a change!

FACT: we never used plastic bags until 1960's.

Plastic bags do not degrade in the marine environment. Plastic bags photo-degrade, meaning they break down into smaller and smaller bits of plastic but never completely go away. Marine animals, such as turtles, and seabirds - even some fish see these micro plastic particles floating in the water and think that it’s food. Plastic cannot be digested; thus the plastic blocks the digestive track and the turtle or bird dies from starvation because their food can’t be digested. It is estimated that over 267 species of seabirds have plastic in their bodies. Numerous studies have proven this fact.

FACT: Plastic bags also kill our land animals in huge numbers.

This means that no matter how far from the ocean that you live, an improperly disposed of plastic bag will eventually reach the ocean through our rivers or by the wind.

 “Over 46,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating on every square mile of ocean today. In the Central Pacific, there are up to 6 pounds of marine litter to every pound of plankton”. That was in 2006, 11 years ago; imagine what the statistics are now.

FACT: The introduction of he 5p charge in Wales in 2011 has reduced useage by 71% but it's not enough.

FACT: There are other options. Plant based starch bags, or strong paper brown bag manufacturers offer an affordable, bio-degradable and environmentally friendly option to all.

I am urging the Welsh Government, leading plastic bag distributors, and supermarkets to take action towards this disaster and stop it while we can.

This petition will be delivered to: Welsh Government on reaching 10,000 signatures to Downing Street to be debated in parliament.

I agree with this cause and believe Welsh Government is conscience enough to make this happen.

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