Let Indiana's cities be free to restrict plastic bag usage

Let Indiana's cities be free to restrict plastic bag usage

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Adriana Hernandez started this petition to Indiana State Senate

Plastic bags are commonly used on a one-use basis. An estimated 500 billion are used per year around the world. Some get recycled, but many do not. There are very few people who are even aware that they can be recycled. The production and use of plastic bags is detrimental on many levels, and reusable biodegradable bags should be the new alternative, which could be promoted by restricting and banning plastic bags in cities, counties, or even the entire state. This could also be accomplished on a smaller scale by charging customers extra if they decide to use plastic bags or do not bring their own reusable bags. This will discourage customers from using plastic bags while encouraging a safer and more productive environment, and healthier livelihood for all in our communities.

Unfortunately, Mike Pence signed a bill in 2016 to ban any restrictions on disposable bags such as plastic bags. This ban prevents any and all counties and cities in Indiana from placing restrictions on using plastic or paper bags. This is something that stores individually could choose, however, it would be easier if entire cities were able to follow suit like Bloomington, IN has in the past. This petition is important to let our state know that as a community we agree that it is important to revoke this ban so that we can work towards a state without plastic bags or at least minimizing their usage. 

Plastic bags take hundreds of years to break down in a landfill and when they get into waterways from runoff water, they can block the flow of water in sewers causing increased flooding that cities then have to work on rectifying. Many animals die from plastic bags because many choke when attempting to eat them, or if they succeed in eating them, they cannot digest actual food or get infected by the chemicals in plastic. Plastic bags do not 100% breakdown, and many become microplastics which end up in our water sources. A study found that 93% of water bottles had microplastics in them, and this is what we are consuming as well as our children. Reusable bags are much more efficient in greenhouse gas impacts and energy it takes to produce them. Plastic bags have a greenhouse gas impact that is more than 3x that of a reusable bag, and it takes 4.5x more energy to produce them over a reusable bag. Plastic bags clearly have negative aesthetic effects on communities and lower the property values in those area, which is not good for the economy or community as a whole. 

Areas in Illinois, New York, California, Delaware, and other states have applied these fees or banned plastic bag usage completely. They have realized the importance of discouraging this harmful plastic product and have taken action for the sake of the future. It is our time to rise as a community do the same, for the sole purpose of protecting and providing a better future for generations after us. Help us speak up to the Indiana State government and show them that revoking Pence's ban is what the people really want and need. By signing this petition, we band together as one and become a loud voice against those trying to stop us from becoming better and doing better, not only for ourselves and our planet, but our children and their children. 

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