Get Walmart To Discontinue Single-Use Plastic Bags

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"It's just one plastic bag."

"It's just three plastic bags."

Three million bags. In the United States, around three million single-use, plastic ticking time bombs pass through the hands of consumers. Every. Single. Day. That's 100 billion plastic bags every year.

(according to the Earth Policy Institute)

It's almost impossible to comprehend how much larger one billion is. One million seconds is 11 days. One billion seconds is 31 and a half years.

There are an estimated 25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, 269,000 tons of which float on the surface, suffocating and entangling sea creatures. At this rate, by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.

We know we can't use single-use plastic bags. We also can't entirely switch to paper, since paper production kills trees that could be absorbing carbon dioxide, uses 3 times the amount of water, and results in 50 times the water pollutants. 

But we can bring our own bags. We know this works. In Australia, two major retailers, David Jones and Myers, eliminated plastic bags in their stores and the plastic bag use of the country reduced by 80%. Similarly, Los Angeles County placed a ban on plastic bags with a charge on paper ones and their single-use bag usage decreased by 95%.

This is why we need your help. It won't be an easy change, but for those who also shop at retailers like Costco and IKEA, we know it's possible to survive without plastic bags. Support us in getting Walmart, one of the biggest retailers in the world, to stop the use of single-use plastics and switch to a more sustainable solution.