Ban the production and sale of single-use plastic bags in Scotland

Ban the production and sale of single-use plastic bags in Scotland

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Rachael Tosh started this petition to Roseanna Cunningham (Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform)

Single use plastics are extremely harmful for us and the environment. The 2018 UN Environmental report states that just 9% of the worlds total 9 billion tonnes of single use plastic has been recycled. Most end up in landfills, oceans, or waterways. Every year 8 million tons of plastic enters our ocean, which is the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastics every minute. The constant stream of plastics into our waterways has caused a literal island of garbage do emerge between California and Hawaii, teaching 1.6 million kilometres in size- the biggest of the 5 garbage 'patches' in the world.

These plastics take thousands of years to biodegrade, and the chemicals used in their production are toxic which can harm the lungs and nervous system if ingested- which is entirely possible as micro-plastics transfer to animal tissue. They choke and block the stomachs of marine life such as dolphins and turtles, which has major impacts on the endangerment of these particular marine life, as turtles are now classified as critically endangered.

Banning single use plastic bags can help us limit the damage our throw away culture has on the planet, and there is always an alternative to a single use plastic-  wether it be a tote bag, a paper straw, a reusable coffee cup, or portable bamboo cutlery. We may be a small country, and you may feel a lot of this might not impact us directly, but we have to take action now, to save plastics from outweighing fish in the ocean, to stop the construction of island formed by floating garbage, to stop the toxic chemicals within single use plastics from entering our, or any, food chain. For us, for wildlife, and for the environment.

Please, as a 17 year old who cares about her future and the future of the planet she lives on, I ask that you sign this petition and help us eliminate the sale and production of single use plastic bags in Scotland. This is just the beginning. We still have a long way to go.

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