Petition Against Plastic- Ban the Usage of Plastic Bags in Stores!

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     1 trillion plastic bags are used per year, and over 8 million tons of plastic are thrown into our oceans. That’s nearly 2 million every minute. More than 300 million tons are produced. 50% of that is used per person, meaning not for companies or businesses. This plastic stays for more than a few hundred YEARS! Are you hooked in now? 

     The danger of plastic is often overlooked. It is cheap, and very versatile, (flexible material) making it perfect for companies. But the world-wide use of plastic is becoming the end of our ecosystems and environments today. Half of the plastic used is for a one time use only, AND it gets thrown away, not recycled! Just the other day I saw two plastic bottles in a trash bin outside. And let me just say, if we can't even recycle, we have got ourselves a major problem, and one that must not be overlooked any longer. Right now, we may not see plastic affecting us personally, and that means a lot of people are not motivated to help this problem. But one major group of living creatures are being affected: Marine life. A third of ocean species die, found choked from litter. And more than 90% of every seabird has plastic pieces in their stomachs from our mistakes. 

     Do these numbers matter to you? Do you care about our planet like the planet constantly cares for you? The average American family uses 1,500 plastic bags every single year, which is a huge deal because plastic bags are made of polyethylene. Polyethylene is a plastic that is made from ethylene, which can be produced from renewable sources but is usually produced from natural gas or petroleum. So I’m sure you’re asking why this is so bad. Well, it doesn’t break down. Compostable or biodegradable plastics take 3 to 6 months to fully break down. While this is still a long time, it is better than the 1,000 years that it takes normal polyethylene bags. 

     When you enter a store the first thing that you see is plastic. Plastic wrap on food, plastic containers, plastic bags, plastic soap bottles, etc. Everywhere you look there is plastic. Kroger, a grocery store chain, estimated that they handed out 6 billion plastic bags a year in the US. This is too much.

     When plastic bags are thrown away they either go to landfills where the toxins can creep into the soil water or into the oceans. You may  not understand why this is such a problem but it is estimated that 165 million tons of plastic are floating in our oceans. This number isn’t going to go down if we don’t stop using plastic bags.

     This petition is to get stores to use compostable plastic bags, ban them altogether, and increase a fee for using plastic bags. Washington, DC has a 5 cent tax on plastic bags and some people estimate that the number of plastic bags has decreased almost 50%. While this is a great start, it needs to be better. Join us in fighting for the oceans, in fighting for the animals, in fighting for the Earth. Please sign if you agree with this cause and spread the word. We need everyone’s signatures.