Ban Plastic Shopping Bags
  • Petitioning Vermont

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Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

    1. Kate Maguire
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      Kate Maguire

      Essex, VT

Scientists estimate that it could take up to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to "go away". Plastic bags are not biodegradable. Plastic bags photodegrade, meaning they break down into smaller and smaller pieces all while emitting toxins into the atmosphere. 

Plastic bags pose a  significant threat to marine life "Ninety-seven percent of Laysan Albatross chicks that were found dead by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, they all had plastic in their stomachs." - Michael Bolinder on NPR

Roughly 95% of all plastic bags in United States are NOT recycled, according to the US Environment Protection Agency.

Plastic bags are an unnecessary environmental burden. We don't need to use plastic bags; canvas bags are a great alternative.

Banning or restricting plastic bags isn't a new idea. Other countries have already taken action. Ireland, for example, has a tax on plastic bags. China's complete ban of plastic bags has saved them roughly 4.8 million tonnes of oil as of June 2012, as stated by an NDRC government offical. In all, over 1/3 of the worlds' countries have restricted plastic bags.

Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle are among the first to ban plastic bags in the United States. Vermont can be next! With YOUR signature, we're one step closer to cleaning up Vermont.

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The environment is worth fighting for.

Join me in an effort to protect the planet by adding your signature on the petition to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags from store-checkouts across Vermont.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Beverly Stone BRATTLEBORO, VT
      • 6 months ago

      I cannot see any benefit to plastic bags whatsoever. They are on a one way trip to the landfill or the inside of an sea mammal. Get rid of them for good!

    • Ezra Dillon BURLINGTON, VT
      • 6 months ago

      We're all affected by nature, we have one planet, keeping it secure and healthy for this generation and the next is right.

    • Micah Porter CORINTH, VT
      • 9 months ago

      This is important to me because I do love the green mountains and I love that you can actually drive around vermont and see little to no trash but in other states all you see is litter. I am proud to be a resident of a state that is so clean and at the head of the pack when it comes to environmental protection and awareness.

    • Jordan Holst DANBURY, CT
      • about 1 year ago

      Any step no matter how small is still a step.

    • peter rumbough CORNWALL, VT
      • about 1 year ago

      Because plastic bags are an unnecessary addition to our already heavily trashed environment.


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