Topic

plastic bag bans

25 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mayor Bill de Blasio

Ban plastic bags and straws in NYC!

Dear Citizen, Recently, a young pilot whale washed up in Thailand, vomited seven plastic bags and died. During his autopsy, 17 pounds of plastic were found inside him, including 80 more plastic bags. This horror story is unfolding around the world. In April, a young Sperm whale - the world’s largest whale with sonar that would bust your eardrums! - washed up in Spain, this one carrying 64 pounds of plastic lodged in his stomach. The belly of the whale is the belly of humanity. Microplastics, found in products like cleansers and toothpastes, are prevalent in mussels and other filter feeders, in our sushi, our sea salt and in our drinking water. In fact, the World Health Organization launched a global review of our drinking water last month after microplastics were found to be twice as high in popular bottled water brands as in regular tap water - which in the US, includes 94.4% of our drinking water. The state of plastics in our water is not OK for me. Is it OK for U? OKFORU is a project that invites you to fear nothing but complacency.  Together, I hope you will join me in calling on Mayor De Blasio to ban single use plastic bags, straws, and styrofoam in New York and to lead on this issue. If you would like to get more involved, here are some activities I could use help with at an upcoming art and live event series coinciding in NYC with this petition: Where: Chinatown Soup (16B Orchard St, New York, NY) When: Aug 16 - Aug 30 th Writing postcards. Galvanizing other people to write postcards. Collecting signatures for petition. All ideas are appreciated at okforu247@gmail.com Your fellow citizen, Julia

Julia Morrison
1,862 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Paul D. Ryan, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Marco Rubio, Charles "Chuck" E. Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rand Paul, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Barbara Boxer, Bill Nelson, Richard J. Durbin, Cory A. Booker, Patty Murray, John Cornyn, Tim Kaine, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Al Franken, Sherrod Brown, Lindsey Graham, Robert Menendez, Trey Gowdy, Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar, Harry Reid, Robert Casey, Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations Environment Program, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts State Senate, Edward J. Markey, Charlie Baker, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Michael E. Capuano, James P. McGovern, Niki Tsongas, William R. Keating, Katherine M. Clark, Richard E. Neal, Stephen F. Lynch, Seth Moulton

Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic consumption and waste is a major problem in not just the United States, but the whole world. In 2012, a report by Global Industry, stated that the global plastic consumption was to reach 297.5 million tons by the end of 2015, and that amount has increased for the end of 2018 prediction. Although plastic is useful and versatile, it is slow to degrade and now covers beaches, streets, and forms a 600,000 square mile Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Plastic debris is estimated, by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, to 100,000 marine mammals annually, along with millions of fishes and birds. One way we can reduce plastic consumption and waste is reducing the amount we use, one step we can take is by banning plastic bags in stores. It is estimated that the United States throws away 100 billion plastic every year (1bagatatime). So let's sign this petition to ban plastic bags in stores, to reduce the global plastic waste. Let's work together to reduce global waste and the amount of animals killed every year by plastic.

Kaitlyn Wong
238 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Jean Stothert

Ban Single Use Plastic Bags in Omaha

There are better and more cost effective options available that are still very convenient. Mayor Jean Stothert recently stated she’s open to banning plastic bags in Omaha. Now is the time for Omaha to reduce our use of plastic bags! Let’s make this a reality. Keep the momentum going and the pressure on, SHARE this petition if you agree! Plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes. According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter. Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture. It only takes about 14 plastic bags for the equivalent of the gas required to drive one mile. Target gives away enough plastic bags a year to wrap around the Earth 7 times. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year. Up to 80 percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land. At least 267 different species have been affected by plastic pollution in the ocean. 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually. One in three leatherback sea turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs. It takes 500 (or more) years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill. Unfortunately the bags don't break down completely but instead photo-degrade, becoming microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment.

Scout: Dry Goods & Trade
7,693 supporters