Ban plastic bags and straws

Ban plastic bags and straws

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Mykah Joy Lieberthal started this petition to Grocery Stores providing plastic bags and straws

Plastic straws may seem like nothing. Even though they are cheap, convenient objects that can make drinking easier in different ways for people, these small objects can cause a big problems to wildlife. Plastic bags, they are almost everywhere. Whether it's a grocery store or clothing shop, plastic bags are very commonly used and are available almost everywhere you go.

70% of sea birds and 30% of sea turtles are found with some amount of plastic in their systems; plastic straws are one of the most common types of plastic to be found in them. Around 100,000 marine creatures are killed from plastic entanglement and about 1 million sea birds. Once a plastic bag is ingested by an animal, it cannot be digested which prevents food digestion, leading to a slow painful death of an animal.

Yes, I am aware that a few reusable straws can cost way more than a large pack of plastic straws, but reusable straws are a one time purchase while plastic straws need to be re-bought multiple times, so what really is the cheaper option? Don't like cleaning out reusable straws? Paper straws are a viable option too. The next time you go to a grocery store, maybe bring some reusable bags to carry your groceries  rather than using the plastic animal killers. Not only are they eco-friendly, they look nicer too! 

A lot of places and companies are striving to help eliminate the use of harmful plastic. stores in Canada now charge money per each plastic bag you use when shopping, Whole Foods carries paper bags rather than plastic bags, and many other companies try to help the earth with simple actions like these.

A lot of people are trying to make the world a better place by doing simple actions like the ones listed above. So the next time you suck a plastic straw, just know you could be sucking the life out of a harmless animal. You can help out too. You can help improve our planet. One small action makes many large impacts.

 

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