Petition Closed
Petitioning Safeway and 3 others

One Bag Too Many: Ban one-time use plastic shopping bags distributed in Boulder grocery stores for a more sustainable environment!


Boulder citizens are known for their appreciation of the outdoors, being health conscious, and being environmentally mindful. That’s why it makes sense that Boulder should lead by example to ban one-time use bags in grocery stores.

World-wide, consumption of plastic bags is 500 billion annually, which breaks down to 1 million bags used per minute! Here in Boulder, residents use about 41 million plastic bags per year. Nationally, it is estimated that less than 6 percent of plastic bags are recycled. Even plastic bags marketed as biodegradable take a lot of time to breakdown, especially in landfills, and the smaller, broken down pieces are more likely to enter the food chain.

In 2010 Telluride, Colorado passed an ordinance to ban the use of plastic bags. Obviously Coloradans care about our environment and should be concerned about the pollution and natural resources, such as oil, that are wasted in making these bags.

We are proposing that grocery stores in the City of Boulder ban one-time use plastic bags to encourage shoppers to bring their own. This issue has come to Boulder City Council before. In fact, New Era Colorado went to a city council meeting in May of 2011 advocating a ban or mandatory fee for single-use bags. Likewise, the Net Zero Club of Fairview High School and Summit Middle School proposed a similar initiative in June, 2011. As recently as this past January, the council has been discussing this issue.

Here we are: This can be the tipping point for change. Together, we can make this initiative successful.

By signing this petition, you are letting city officials and the stores you shop at know that the community wants a healthier lifestyle by banning one-time use plastic bags, and you have the ability to influence your community!

Letter to
Safeway
King Soopers
Mayor of Boulder County Matthew Appelbaum
and 1 other
Boulder City Council
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Mayor of Boulder County; Boulder City Council; King Soopers; Safeway.

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RelocateAmerica.com ranked Boulder #4 as the Top 10 Earth Friendly Cities in 2010. Boulder citizens are known for their appreciation of the outdoors, being health conscious, and being environmentally mindful. That’s why it makes sense that Boulder should lead by example to ban one-time use bags in grocery stores.

World-wide, consumption of plastic bags is 500 billion annually, which breaks down to 1 million bags used per minute! Here in Boulder, residents use about 41 million plastic bags per year. Nationally, it is estimated that less than 6 percent of plastic bags are recycled.
Each year millions of discarded plastic shopping bags end up as litter in the environment when improperly disposed, and are a great contributor to marine debris. Even plastic bags marketed as biodegradable take a lot of time to breakdown, especially in landfills, and the smaller, broken down pieces are more likely to enter the food chain.

Typical plastic bags are made with natural gas and petroleum (a non-renewable resource!), and use toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process. Biodegradable plastic bags take even more plastic to make and only break down under certain light, moisture, and oxygen conditions. Many manufacturers have claimed their plastic bag products are biodegradable without specifying the conditions or time required to break down, nor whether the residue is harmful. Is this something you would want in your compost?

In 2010 Telluride, Colorado passed an ordinance to ban the use of plastic bags. Last year the City of Aspen adopted a ban on plastic carryout bags, and a 20-cent fee on paper carryout bags while the town of Basalt passed a similar 20-cent fee on paper and plastic checkout bags. Obviously Coloradans care about our environment and should be concerned about the pollution and natural resources, such as oil, that are wasted in making these bags.

We are proposing that grocery stores in the City of Boulder ban one-time use plastic bags to encourage shoppers to bring their own. This issue has come to Boulder City Council before. In fact, New Era Colorado went to a city council meeting in May of 2011 advocating a ban or mandatory fee for single-use bags. Likewise, the Net Zero Club of Fairview High School and Summit Middle School proposed a similar initiative in June, 2011. As recently as this past January, the council has been discussing this issue.

Here we are: This can be the tipping point for change. Together, we can make this initiative successful.
So, what can you do?

First, sign this petition to show Boulder City Council and your neighbors that you care about this issue, that you want to see a change for a more sustainable environment in what has come to be a throw-away society. Also, invest in high-quality reusable cloth bags to carry your groceries. Even so-called “free” plastic bags affect your pocket book. The cost of purchase by the grocery store is passed on to you as the consumer.
By signing this petition, you are letting city officials and the stores you shop at know that the community wants a healthier lifestyle by banning one-time use plastic bags, and you have the ability to influence your community!
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Sincerely,