Ban the Plastic Bag in the United States
  • Petitioned John Holdren

This petition was delivered to:

Office of Science & Technology Policy
John Holdren
Council on Environmental Quality
Nancy Sutley
President of the United States
Barack Obama
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Bob Perciasepe

Ban the Plastic Bag in the United States

    1. William Gagan
    2. Petition by

      William Gagan

      West Hollywood, CA

We, unknowingly purchase 380 billion plastic bags per year, and only 5,2% of them are recycled. (US Survey) The rest remain in landfills for over 1,000 years. Yes...Plastic bags have a life span of over 1,000 years. Because of the huge number of plastic bags used worldwide, the negative environmental impact is considerable. Plastic bags impact on the environment in a number of different ways. They are not biodegradable. in their "Top Facts - Environmental Impact " section says "Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest." They are made from fossil fuel. “Californians Against Waste” estimates that 12 million barrels of oil are used annually to produce the plastic bags used in the USA alone. Extrapolated world wide this is a huge waste of precious fossil fuel and adds considerably to the world’s man made greenhouse gas emissions. They are difficult to recycle. The New England EPA says, “Research from 2000 shows 20 percent of paper bags were recycled, while one percent of plastic bags were recycled.” in the "Top Facts Section" of their website estimates that “8 billion pounds of plastic bags, wraps and sacks enter the waste stream every year in the US alone” If we don't stop using plastic bags our children and future generations to come will have no more natural resources, and our oceans and beaches will be plastic playgrounds. Did you know that one plastic bag has enough petroleum to fuel a smart car for one hour!? So we are not just talking about harm to our planet- filling up the landfills and harming our animals when swallowed- but it perpetuates the dependency on fossil fuels. Do your part today to help get them out of all retail stores and supermarkets across America.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brian Porter OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      Its been done elsewhere, recycling is a good thing, plastic is one of the worst inventions of all time.

    • Suma Cherukuri MIDLAND, MI
      • 8 months ago

      I want to prevent animals from dying senseless deaths due to plastic bags.

    • Beth Schaefer HOUSTON, TX
      • 11 months ago

      When I take my kayak out on any waterway, anywhere, there is plastic waste. It is completely ubiquitous around the globe in waterways. This is absolutely preventable. In addition I work as a curator in a zoo. I myself have witnessed the harm that plastic does to animals from large mammals like sea lions to reptiles like sea turtles to birds like the Laysan albatross. It is unacceptable to me for living beings to suffer needlessly at the hands of careless human beings. The bottom line is that it is so easy to use reusable bags made from materials that do biodegrade. Plastic bags are needless and are used because we, as a people and a society, are too lazy to change our ways. We need to open our minds and change our actions for the future of all species and the planet.

    • Mary Spencer MARIETTA, GA
      • 12 months ago

      We have options! Why continue to do such harm when the solution is so easy. We don't need to waste the resources not continue to harm the animals, land and water.

    • Ethan Jacob ARMADA, MI
      • 12 months ago

      We need to get rid of our waste with science and not pollution


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