Ruduce Single-Use Plastic Bags in Florida

Ruduce Single-Use Plastic Bags in Florida

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Katherine Larsen started this petition to Governor Ron DeSantis and

As a grocery store associate in Florida, I recognize the amount of plastic use and waste that occurs daily within the foodservice industry. Despite the availability of reusable bags and low-cost alternatives, most customers continue to use single-use plastic bags out of convenience and habit.

In Florida, a state known for its marine life and coastal ecosystems, there is currently no statewide legislation regulating the use of plastic bags or other single-use plastics. Although some areas including, Palm Beach and Coral Gables, have regulations in place, Florida's state preemption policy makes it difficult for cities and Florida communities to implement their own plastic bans. There are many reasons why we should limit the amount of single-use plastics in Florida and consider a statewide ban:

  • Our local wildlife is suffering from plastic pollution
    • Local Florida Manatees and Loggerhead Sea Turtles are at a high risk of plastic-related death
  • Most single-use plastic bags do not fully biodegrade, instead breaking down into microplastics that pollute the ocean
  • Reusable bags are more cost-efficient in the long term and leave less of a carbon footprint
  • As a UN Sustainable Development Goal, we should contribute to Responsible Consumption and Production for the sake of our health, marine wildlife, and the future of our ecosystems

Please join me in signing this petition to advocate for the reduction of single-use plastic bags in Florida. We call on the major grocery store companies in the area, our Florida Representatives, Governor, and lawmakers to introduce policies that encourage less single-use plastics and more sustainable practices and production. 

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