Each year an estimated 1-million sea birds and over 100,000 marine mammals die from ingesting plastic. Single use plastic bags end up in our landfills and take over 500 years to decompose. Many of these bags end up in our rivers and streams, which ultimately lead to our oceans.
Sea Birds and Sea Turtles mistake these bags floating in our oceans as jellyfish and they eat them. The bags block the digestive system preventing the animal from eating so they literally starve to death.
OMG founders just launched our "Say No To Plastic Bags" Coalition in Georgia so we can fight for a solution in our communities and our state. So far we have attracted the support of the following organizations:
We just partnered with the ISFoundation (Ian Somerhalder, you may all know him from his role in Lost, or more recently, his role as Damon Salvatore in the CW Hit Vampire Diaries) so we can raise awareness to the problem plastic bags are causing to our environment and to endangered species. http://generationextinction.com/
Here is a list of the various key organizations who have also joined our "Say No To Plastic Bags" Coalition:
GA Tech Surf Club, Atlanta Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, GreenPlate Atlanta,
Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church Environmental Committee-Atlanta, Center for Biological Diversity, Chico Bags and the Bag Monster, Orange Halo Atlanta, ConservingNow, Cochran Mill Nature Center, ISFoundation, LiveThrive / GreenPages.com, Georgia Tech Living Green Program, Gorilla Sacks, Ocean Revolution / LiveBlue, US Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter, Hope-2-O, Cool People Care, Sierra Club / GreenHome
Did you know: The average shopper uses over 500 single use shopping bags each year. That equates out to over 1-million single use shopping bags being used in America every minute. Less than 5% of the single use plastic bags ever get recycled. Recycling centers who attempt to recycle the bags end up spending an ungodly amount of money paying workers to continuously unclog the machines. The highest cost in workers compensation claims comes from injuries to workers un-clogging the machines.
We produce/consume more bags than we could ever recycle. Our only solution is to stop using the bags and consider a complete Plastic Bag Ban or fee program like many countries are already doing.
As we grow in coalition members, we plan on organizing via assistance from our members so we can eventually seek legislative support on creating a program, which will best fit our greater Atlanta communities in reducing our plastic consumption. We are progressing via the following steps: Step 1. - Engaging the public: Step 2. - Forming Connections: Step 3. - Working with Local Council Members:
Please show your support and sign our petition so we can show Local and State legislatures that you agree, we need to do something now and not let the chemical companies continue to attempt to convince us that the bags are needed.
Best regards from the entire OMG Team ;-)
Disposable single-use plastic bags, introduced just 40 years ago, are currently consumed at an
alarming global rate of 500 billion per year. As a concerned citizen and constituent of the state of GA,
I am writing to ask you to consider introducing legislation that places a charge on these bags, a
solution proven effective around the world.
Single-use, disposable bags present an insidious threat to our environment on multiple levels. They
often wind up in waterways or on the landscape, becoming eyesores and degrading water and soil
as they break down into tiny toxic bits. Their manufacture, transportation and disposal use large
quantities of non-renewable resources and release equally large amounts of global-warming gases.
These problems can be mitigated by simply advocating — and legislating — the consumption of
fewer disposable bags and the use of reusable ones. One easy way to do this is by charging for
their usage at the point of purchase. This was successfully done in Ireland, where the government
introduced a plastic bag tax (PlasTax) that has cut consumption by over 90% and raised $9.6 million
for environmental and waste management projects. Retailers were happy as well: they both saved
the costs of bag purchases and improved their public image by doing the right thing.
Please consider legislation for a bag charge or ban here in our home state (or city/town). It creates
a foundation for both consumer responsibility and market-based solutions to environmental
problems. And it’s an easy, win-win solution to a problem that has gotten out of control.