Topic

plastic bag bans

24 petitions

Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Marco Rubio, Charles Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rand Paul, Kirsten Gillibrand, Barbara Boxer, Bill Nelson, Dick Durbin, Cory 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 Markey, Charlie Baker, Joe Kennedy, Michael Capuano, Jim McGovern, Niki Tsongas, Bill Keating, Katherine Clark, Richard Neal, Stephen 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
211 supporters
Update posted 2 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
7,287 supporters