Demand Publix stop using plastic shopping bags

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According to the UN Environmental Program, plastic production and disposal generates around 400 million tons of carbon dioxide per year globally. Per the Center for Biological Diversity, Americans use 100 billion plastic bags per year, which requires 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture - with only an estimated 1% of those being recycled, according to Waste Management. These plastic bags are most likely used for an estimated 12 minutes before being thrown away. What is not recycled ends up in landfills or the ocean, meaning the average American family only recycles about 15 bags per year. Up to 80% of the plastic in the ocean enters from land, and at least 267 marine species have been affected negatively by plastic pollution. One hundred thousand marine animals per year are killed by plastic bags, and one out of three endangered leatherback sea turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs. Aside from harming wildlife, it takes 500 years or more for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill, without ever fully biodegrading. They photo-degrade, becoming micro-plastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment, even in your drinking water. 

Getting rid of plastic bags can avoid the harmful impacts to oceans, rivers, lakes, forests, and wildlife. Companies can actually PROFIT from eliminating the energy consumption and emissions required to manufacture non-reusable bags, and also by selling reusable bags bearing their store logo. Reusable shopping bags are sturdier, hold more groceries, can be made out of recycled materials, and are actually easier for shoppers to transport. Consumers can be discouraged from using single-use bags by retailers who charge them for each single-use bag. 

I urge Food Lion to join other retailers, such as Aldi, Trader Joe's, Ikea, Kroger, Lidl, BJ's Wholesale, Whole Foods, Sam's Club, and Costco, in being a part of the transition to an eco-friendly alternative that will not only be beneficial to the company, but to the environment and future generations. I whole-heartedly encourage you to consider this proposal to increase your commitment to reducing plastics and your company's sustainability.