There are viable options, my health food store uses bags that go into the compost and biodegrade. They're a cornstarch base, they look and act like plastic bags, without the environmental damage, a ban is easily doable.
Free plastic bags are polluting the world's oceans, our rivers, our landscape and our food chain. As responsible earthlings, we need to reduce the number of bags making their way into the waste stream and the environment.
Single-use plastic bags waste valuable resources, cause pollution when they are being manufactured, and are a sad legacy for future generations.
The City of Edmonton prides itself on its 'world class' recycling program and does a good job diverting 'waste' to be reused or broken down to use the resources. Would it not be wiser to reduce the amount of waste going into the waste stream than having to spend resources coping with the volume of the waste stream? Can we not do better?
I call upon you, and every other Edmontonian, to sign this petition so that our councilors and mayor may see that there is a lot of concern by the citizens of our city to reduce the amount of single-use plastic bags being used in our city.
Plastic bags are one of the largest components of plastic contaminants in our oceans. When plastic bags make their way into our waterways they break down to small micro-plastic particles that get into the food web. Plastic does not disappear.
Let's be responsible earthlings and citizens of our planet and stop polluting our common home.
It is time that Edmonton joins the many municipalities, states, and countries across this planet that have banned the use of single-use bags.
We have started a Facebook group to rally around and to bring together people to work on this campaign. Please consider joining our Facebook group.