Help save the marine life by regulating plastic bags!

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Help save the marine life by regulating plastic bags!

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Alexis DeStefano started this petition to Office of Water administrator of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Joel Beauvais and

   The “Clean Water Act of 1972” (CWA) was created to regulate the amount of pollution into watersheds in the United States. It also monitors the quality of the surface water. Yet, every year roughly 100,000 marine animals and 1,000,000 seabirds die from the consumption of plastic bags on the ocean's surface water surrounding the country. Marine animals such as whales, seals, turtles and a variety of fish are all affected from this complication. Out of the 3.8 million pounds of plastic bags generated each year in the U.S., only 12 percent is recycled. The output of plastic waste has been growing each year by .19 percent since 2005. Researchers have projected that the amount of plastic waste leading into oceans will double by 2025.

   The death in marine life from plastic bags that lie on the surface water is constantly increasing. The U.S. goes through 380 billion plastic bags each year and roughly throws away 100 billion. The average family roughly throws away 1,500 plastic bags. In one square mile of ocean surface water, there is about 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. Plastic takes nearly 1,000 years break down into smaller pieces so even when the marine organism that has consumed the plastic dies and decomposes, the plastic inside of them reenters the ocean.

   We can all simply help the marine life by not using the plastic and paper bags at the supermarket and our local stores. Instead we can use reusable bags to hold our purchased goods. An even stronger action is to put a price on the non reusable plastic and paper bags. The U.S. state New York holds a 5 cent bag fee at stores to use the plastic and paper bags. Other states such as Kauai and Maui in Hawaii have prohibited non-biodegradable plastic bags at checkout, as well as paper bags containing less than 40 percent recycled material. Natural gas is first used to make a plastic bag by using it as electricity to run the factory producing the bags. Making 1,500 plastic bags from natural gas consumes almost 33 pounds of fossil fuel and 58 gallons of fresh water, and produces some 15 pounds of solid waste and 0.04 tons of CO2. Oil is also needed to make plastic bags as well. It takes about 430,000 gallons of oil to produce 100 million plastic bags, and the U.S. goes through 380 billion of them a year.

   Using reusable bags at the grocery store will not only reduce the usage of natural gas and oil but save the marine animals that are being killed everyday by consuming the plastic bags that surface their environment. These plastic bags are in their bodies because of us and we can and will stop that. We need to use the “Clean Water Act” and help save ocean marine life. The act is here to help regulate the pollution in bodies of water and these oceans are not regulated enough. Oceans are not meant for debris and the debris surfacing them are declining species population such as sea turtles. Stopping the production of the non reusable plastic bags would give the species in danger a safe environment to life and reproduce in. Say no to the plastic bags and yes to helping marine life! Help regulate and ban plastic bag usage in the U.S. Stand up to the Office of Water in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with me and make the Clean Water Act make its standards on plastic in oceans stronger!

 

 

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This petition had 570 supporters