Each year, the average Philadelphian family takes home 1500 plastic shopping bags, which equals 100 billion plastic bags in America annually. These plastic bags are already built into grocery fees and cost taxpayers approximately $.18 cents PER bag for cleanup efforts and removal.
50 years ago, we didn't have this problem because plastic bags weren't used. But we've become a disposable society and grown accustomed with using a bag for 15 minutes before throwing them 'away'. But plastic bags last forever and affect Philadelphia streets, waterways and greening efforts. More importantly: they don't go "away", since there is no 'away'.
The solution is a LOT easier than we think.
We need your support in efforts to reduce plastic and single use bags since it will reduce costs, improve sustainability efforts and help prove Philadelphia (the 5th largest US city) is serious about becoming green. We're asking Philadelphia City Council to implement common sense legislation to reduce our single use bag consumption. Consumers already pay for plastic and paper bags, but it is hidden in their grocery bill. With a plastic bag fee, consumers can choose to bring their own reusable bag OR purchase a single use bag at checkout. Don't you have a right to choose?
Mayor Nutter has declared his goal for Philadelphia to be the greenest city in America by 2015. In order to meet this goal we need to take action and prove that Philly's got gumption.
We're serious to show Philadelphia, the nation and world that Philadelphia is serious about becoming the Greenest City in America. Please sign this petition to declare your support for Philadelphia's sustainability mission, whether you live in the city, visit Philadelphia or just care about improving the quality of our lives.
Please follow our progress by liking our Facebook Page or uploading your plastic bag street shots to our website.
UPDATE: We started this petition during out "Ban the Bag Awareness Day" on July 26, 2012 and received attention from local press including Philly.com, CBS News, KYW & Philly Mag. To give consumers a right to choose, we are pushing for a single use bag (paper or plastic) fee.
Please continue to take action to ensure the plastic bag legislation happens! Green Philly Blog, Clean Air Council, PennEnvironment, Clean Water Action Philadelphia & 5 Gyres are organizers of this campaign.