Petition to Mayra Peña; Winn-Dixie; CVS pharmacy
Ban PLASTIC bags in Key Biscayne
Key Biscayne Residents & Visitors - Let's get together and BAN Plastic bags from our island!Please sign and share this petition asking Winn-Dixie and CVS Pharmacy to discontinue using plastic bags in their Key Biscayne locations. Winn-Dixie and CVS have been great partners in our island community and we think Key Biscayne is a perfect pilot location for them to discontinue plastic bag usage. There's a growing movement in the State of Florida to protect our waters from plastic pollution. * Plastic bags are among the most common sources of marine debris, where they can be mistaken as food by birds and fish* Scientists estimate that more than 8 million metric tons of plastic is entering our ocean every year. If we don’t act now, there could be a pound of plastic for every 3 pounds of fish in the ocean by 2025* Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, meaning they don't break down naturally when littered into our waters. I started this petition because I believe that together we can help decrease marine debris, create awareness and contribute to a sustainable society. Key Biscayne can follow the lead of Coral Gables who recently became the first city in Florida to ban plastic bags.Let's all come together for a lasting healthy planet!
Petition to Representative Beverly G. Boswell, Senator Bill Cook
Stop repeal of plastic bag ban for NC barrier islands HB56
Law makers are currently on a fast track to repeal the ban on plastic bags on the barrier islands of North Carolina. These bags quickly become litter and threaten wildlife and pollute the environment. Residents and visitors have quickly adapted to using renewable and reusable bags so there is no need to increase the waste stream with plastic single use bags. Please sign this petition to show our representatives that this decision is not supported by the residents, visitors, and caretakers of this beautiful land. Please also consider contacting representatives directly: Senator Bill Cook (919) 715-8293 Bill.Cook@ncleg.net Representative Beverly G. Boswell 919-733-5906 Beverly.Boswell@ncleg.net The language that they are going to repeal, IN ITS ENTIRETY, is common sense legislation that is needed to keep the islands free of litter and reduce damage to the environment that so many come to appreciate. The current laws language follows and speaks sensibly to the issue: (1) Distribution of plastic bags by retailers to consumers for use in carrying, transporting, or storing purchased goods has a detrimental effect on the environment of the State. (2) Discarded plastic bags contribute to overburdened landfills, threaten wildlife and marine life, degrade the beaches and other natural landscapes of North Carolina's coast, and, in many cases, require consumption of oil and natural gas during the manufacturing process. (3) It is in the best interest of the citizens of this State to gradually reduce the distribution and use of plastic bags. (4) Environmental degradation is especially burdensome in counties with barrier islands where soundside and ocean pollution are more significant, where removing refuse from such isolated places is more difficult and expensive, where such refuse deters tourism, and where the presence of a National Wildlife Refuge or National Seashore shows that the federal government places special value on protecting the natural environment in that vicinity. (5) The barrier islands are most relevant in that they are where sea turtles come to nest. North Carolina has some of the most important sea turtle nesting areas on the East Coast, due to the proximity of the islands to the Gulf Stream. Plastic bag debris can be harmful to sea turtles and other land and marine life. The waters adjacent to the barrier islands, because they serve as habitat for the turtles, are particularly sensitive to waterborne debris pollution. (6) Inhabitated barrier islands are visited by a high volume of tourists and therefore experience a high consumption of bags relative to their permanent population due to large numbers of purchases from restaurants, groceries, beach shops, and other retailers by the itinerant tourist population. (7) Barrier islands are small and narrow, and therefore the comparative impact of plastic bags on the barrier islands is high.
Petition to The President of Taiwan - Tsai Ing-wen, Li Ying-yuan - Head of Environmental Protection Administration
Free Taiwan from Free Plastic Bags
Taiwan's greatest treasures are the kindness of its people and the beauty of its nature. Taiwan is truly a beautiful island and it is here where my deep love for the natural world has been awakened. Never before I've been so close to such a great variety of breathtaking animal and plant species. After studying and living here for nearly 4 years I have realized that Taiwanese are some of the kindest and friendliest people I have ever met. Thanks to them it really feels like home in Taiwan! But there is one thing that worries me greatly, and I would like to share it with you. Taiwanese pollute the environment with immense amounts of single-use plastic bags, which are given away in literally each and every street shop, dining place and veggie market. It is estimated that the inhabitants of this beautiful island consume around 18 billion plastic bags per year, which is nearly 4 times the consumption in the EU countries, and over 4 times more than that in Australia. Isn't this striking to know that an average Taiwanese uses 782 plastic bags per year? Why is it so? In Taiwan people are used to living VERY convenient lives. Consumption of everything is accelerated by the market forces and “smart” marketing techniques to the highest possible degree. You are not buying just the things. You want a plastic bag, a box, a plastic bottle or a cup? Well, we'll get you one! More often than not they are for free! It is very interesting and sobering to see how ordinary consumers behave when shopping in Taiwan. Most of the time they do not hesitate to ask for a plastic bag to carry the food, drinks, or other products. Actually, rather than saying that they “do not hesitate” it is perhaps more accurate to say that they do not really think about it. For both, the sellers and the buyers, it goes without saying that a plastic bag must be used. As such, it is an automatized habitual behavior. Since my first days here I keep noticing that whenever I DO NOT ask for a plastic bag, a seller's hand with a free bag is anyway automatically (and perhaps subconsciously) extended in my direction so that I can pack my things... conveniently. When I make it clear that I do not need a bag, my statement is met with evident astonishment! Why? Because the sellers are not used to facing such a situation... This habit of the sellers has been obviously established in a day-to-day practice of dealing with buyers who almost NEVER bring their own re-usable bags. However, this thoughtless habitual behavior puts the natural environment at enormous risk. Plastic bags are blown by the wind, rained into storm drains, washed into rivers, and eventually make their way to the ocean. Due to sunlight exposure, oxidation, and the physical action of waves and currents, plastics that reach the ocean gradually break down into ever-smaller pieces, called micro-plastics. Since plastic is made of petroleum as well as numerous other toxic chemicals and metals, it does not degrade for hundreds of years. The chemicals contained in micro-plastics may penetrate into the bodies of marine animals after being ingested by them. There they may concentrate and climb the food chain, ultimately into humans. According to the UN Environment Program, at least 267 marine species worldwide become entangled with, or ingest, marine debris, and most of it is of plastic origin. Plastic ingestion causes death also to big animals such as whales whose stomachs reveal huge amounts of plastic debris upon opening. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of seabirds die of dehydration or starvation when their stomachs fill with plastic. Seabirds confuse plastic with food and feed it to their chicks. Scientists say that the planet is slowly being covered in plastic. Taiwan is certainly one of the biggest culprits to be blamed for this, considering its per capita consumption of plastic bags. Because plastic debris can travel far from its point of departure, the alarmingly high consumption of plastic bags in Taiwan obviously affects not only the local but also the global environment. About the global character of plastic pollution reminds us also the recent report of UNEP on marine plastic debris and micro-plastics which states: “There is a moral argument that we should not allow the ocean to become further polluted with plastic waste, and that marine littering should be considered a ‘common concern of humankind.” Even though in recent years Taiwan made significant progress with respect to waste management, it is still not enough. The existing laws regulating the production and distribution of plastic bags do not protect the environment sufficiently, neither do recycling procedures. One needs to remember that an unknown portion of the plastic produced each year escapes into the environment – instead of being landfilled, incinerated, or recycled. And this is particularly true when it comes to plastic bags, which due to their lightness are especially difficult to collect and handle. It is so much wiser to cut down the unnecessary consumption of plastic bags, instead of designing more and more advanced technologies to deal with the consequent waste. Given the above, we respectfully urge you to adopt a nationwide fee of minimum 5 Taiwanese dollars on all carryout bags, plastic and paper! It is time for the Taiwanese President to take firm action to end this upsetting over-consumption of plastic bags. In doing so you will clearly show your leadership in protecting the well-being of the natural environment and thus that of humans, whose health and happiness so evidently depend on the quality of the ecosystems. The ban will also demonstrate Taiwan's global commitment to preserve our planet for generations to come. We strongly believe that people who are truly kind do care about nature!
Petition to Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council of Houston
Bag-Free Bayous Houston
We ask you to pass an ordinance that increases the use of reusable bags and decreases the use of single-use bags, especially plastic ones. Every year, about 300 million pounds of plastic are produced, but only 10 percent is recycled. It is estimated that Americans go through about 100 billion plastic bags a year, or 360 bags per year for every man, woman, and child in the country. Many of these bags end up on the streets and sidewalks or caught in tree branches. Others wind up in bayous. Not only does the litter look bad and hurt wildlife in the bayous, it washes into our bays, the Gulf of Mexico, and beyond. The adoption of reusable bags could save taxpayer dollars related to cleanup costs. Cities all over the world have cut the use of single-use plastic bags including Austin, Brownsville, Laredo, and the small town of Kermit, Texas. The most effective policy is a ban on plastic bags and a small fee on paper bags. Another option is to place a small fee on both plastic and paper bags. In some cities, the fees go to the retailer for their costs and in others they also help pay for cleaning up litter. Let’s make Houston a shining example of environmental responsibility! I encourage you to take a stand for beautiful bayous and streets! About this Petition:I am Lila Mankad, a 4th grader in Ms.Caraways's class at Travis Elementary in Houston. I live near Little White Oak Bayou, and it bothers me that it's full of trash. I've noticed that one of the main problems is plastic bags. As long as I can remember, they have been waving in the trees more abundantly than the Spanish Moss. Sadly, the the problem with plastic bags isn't just that they look trashy. They kill wildlife, block our waterways, and make Houston look like it doesn't care about the Earth.That might be the old Houston,but not the Houston I grew up in, or the Houston of tomorrow. I want to be the kind of person who changes the world instead of complaining. I want to be the kind of person that solves problems instead of creating them. I want Houston to be a city that really believes "it's worth it". For these reasons, I have joined together with my friend Caoilin Krathaus to start this petition to dramatically reduce the use of plastic bags by banning them or placing a fee on their use. And I know we can do it because cities across the world have made similar bans and reduced pollution drastically. Please sign this petition and help Houston be known for moss in it's trees instead of plastic.--------------------------------------------------------------------------  Wassimer, Bettina. “Raising Awareness of Plastic Waste.” New York Times, August 14, 2001. Accessed May 1, 2016.  Gamerman, Ellen. September 26, 2008. Wall Street Journal. Accessed May 1, 2016.  Surfrider Foundation. "Rise Above Plastics Toolkit." Surfrider.og. Accessed May 1, 2016.
Petition to Sodexo Campus Dining Team, Barnes & Noble College
Reduce Plastic Bag Use at Tulane!
Plastic bags are something most of us use daily, usually because there isn't a better alternative. However, these common items harm life on land and in the sea. More than 400 million to 800 million plastic bags worldwide end up in landfills, breaking into toxic petroleum polymers and lasting more than a millennium until they decompose (EPA, 2014., Columbia U., 2012). 8.8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean every year, choking, drowning, or blocking the digestive tracts of marine mammals, seabirds, turtles, fish, and crustaceans(WWF, 2016, Laist, 1987). Reducing plastic bags does more than save animals and our ecosystems. Reducing plastic saves energy. Plastic bags are made of polyethylene, distilled from petroleum oil. Americans annually use 30 billion plastic shopping bags extracted from 12 million barrels of oil(ABC News, 2007). This amount of oil can provide energy for 76 thousands Louisiana residents or 368 thousands New York state residents per year(EPA, 2015). The good news is is that plastic is on its way out. Between 2015 and 2016, 23 states proposed 77 bills regulating plastic bags. Austin, TX banned single-use carry out bags in 2013, and California became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags in 2014 (NCSL, 2017). We propose Tulane join this humane movement by taxing 15 cents per plastic bag and using the profit to distribute reusable bags. Specifically, we appeal to the McAlister Market and the bookstore. In these locations, free plastic bags are given with most purchases, even with one item. This move would follow a number of sustainable initiatives implemented by Sodexo and the Barnes & Noble at Tulane. For instance, the dining team at Bruff recycles, composts, and runs the well-known OZZI reusable container program(Dining Services - Sustainability). Likewise, the bookstore team recycles and reuses cardboards, works with socially responsible vendors, and sells reusable bags. Along with these successful initiatives, we believe the entire Tulane community can benefit from plastic bag taxation. Imposing a 15 cents tax on plastic bags and distributing reusable bags with the profit will reduce plastic bag usage. Austin temporarily experienced low efficacy after a tax on plastic bags because the low-income family was not provided with an alternative for plastic bags(NBC, 2016). The USG Sustainability Committee will strive to ensure an alternative by distributing reusable bags with in a responsible and socially conscious manner. With clear intentions and a well thought out plan, the Tulane community can become more eco-friendly with your support.
Petition to Illinois Governor, Illinois State House, Illinois State Senate, Dick Durbin, Bruce Rauner, Tammy Duckworth, Mark Kirk, Daniel Lipinski, Walmart, Target
Ban Plastic Bags in Stores
Plastic bags kill thousands of poor animals every year, and they hurt our environment every day. They flow into our water system and into our air, which causes pollution. The production also costs lots of money and puts extra strain on our government. Banning plastic bags and using reusable bags instead will help both the environment and government. Thank you for your support! Cara and Gwen
Petition to Wayne Jett
Stop the use of disposable bags
According to the EPA, between 500 million and a trillion plastic bags are exploited internationally each year. Consequently, these bags are used for an average of 12 minutes, but remain among Earth for thousands of years, polluting landfills, oceans, parks and beaches. Many believe the solution is this; switch to paper bags, but, both plastic and paper disposable bags are costly, environmentally damaging, and completely inessential. This threat is not only related to the sheer volume of them ending up in landfill, but also to the resources needed to produce. The making of plastic bags requires substantial amounts of natural resources, water, and energy. Plastic bags are made from fossil fuels, requiring 2.2 billion pounds of these nonrenewable resources, and 3.9 billion gallons of fresh water to produce the 100 billion plastic bags the US consumes each year. During the manufacturing process, these bags produce another one billion pounds of waste and 2.7 million tons of CO2 per year. Exhausted yet? This does not even count for the energy and water required, essentially creating more pollution than plastic bags. In addition to the production of plastic bags, producing the paper bags used in the U.S. each year requires 14 million trees. To replace the damage, 14 million trees would need to be planted each year, but even then it would take anywhere from 10-30 years for the trees to reach maturity. Along with the decline of trees also comes air pollution. It estimated that the production of paper bags creates 70% more air pollution than plastic bag production. Production of paper bags also results in much more water getting polluted when compared to the production of plastic bags because their manufacturing process requires a substantially large amount of water. Not only does water play a role in the production of disposable bags, but it also plays a role in the pollution caused by them as well. Because plastic bags never fully break down, oftentimes they clog storm drains and damage infrastructure on their way to become ocean pollution. In 1998, plastic bag pollution in Bangladesh clogged storm drains and was the central cause of severe floods that submerged 2/3 of the country. Four years later, Bangladesh became the first country in the world to ban thinner plastic bags. Evidently enough, the storm drains are not the only watercourses affected by the pollution of plastic bags. The mass consumption of plastic products has created a plastic wasteland in our oceans. Globally, plastic is now more evident in our oceans than plankton, with 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean. Both marine and avian lives are choked and strangled by tossed bags, and are killed by consuming partially broken-down plastic pieces. The complication of pollution affects 267 species of marine life and will drastically increase through the continuous use of disposable bags. Expressed above, the use of disposable bags negatively impacts the environment, but also affects the economy as well. Bags may be given out for free at check-outs, but U.S. retailers spend $4 billion per year on disposable bags, and that cost is passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices. It also costs to clean up and dispose of the plastic bags. Even if you think you have thrown away a bag responsibly, the bag can blow out of a garbage truck or landfill and end up as inadvertent litter. In New York alone, the city spends $10 million to dispose of the plastic bags. Though we are not in power to ban the use of plastic bags used by retail, we do have the ability to abstain from the use of them before gaining the attention of higher authority. This can be done by bringing your own bag when shopping. Reusable grocery bags and shopping bags are often available for purchase in stores at the point of sale. Some estimates suggest that purchasing a single set of reusable shopping bags and using them every time you go shopping could eliminate the disposal of as many as 20,000 disposable plastic bags. Reusable bags save both plants and animals, and help cut down on the emission of dangerous greenhouse gases. Remember, you have a choice. Even if plastic shopping bags are still offered free of charge, that doesn't mean you can't decline to use them. There’s a greater price to pay if the issue of plastic bags are ignored. So, spend the extra dollar on a reusable bag and stray away from the use of plastic. With your purchase we’ll be one step closer to a sustainable environment...and your bags won’t tear either.
Petition to Jackie Biskupski, Andrew Johnston, James Rogers, Stan Penfold, Derek Kitchen, erin mendenhall, charlie luke, Lisa Adams
Ban plastic bags in Salt Lake City
Your help is needed to pass a resolution that would ban the use of plastic bags in Salt Lake City, Utah. Plastic bags, while convenient, have proven to be a huge problem for the environment. These disposable and damaging bags, while only used for 12 minutes on average, end up in streets, sewers, rivers, forests and our oceans where they slowly degrade over thousands of years. These plastics wreak havoc on the environment wherever they go. They threaten hundreds of species of animals, leak toxins which end up in our food and water and cost taxpayers millions in waste management. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, up to one hundred trillion plastic bags are used around the world each year. Every year, 15 billion pounds of plastic are produced in the U.S. alone, but only 1 billion are recycled. At a time where many people are trying to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we are collectively using about 12 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic bags that are used each year. Breaking the habit of plastic bag use can start with the individual. We can take reusable bags with us when we shop, we can choose paper over plastic or even skip bagging all together when we only have few items. Voice your concern with your friends, family, local retailers and city officials. All these things can help gain traction in the war on plastic. It may seem like a daunting task to try and solve the plastic bag problem, especially considering the trillions of plastic bags used every year. You may think to yourself that your tiny little choices in your tiny little life couldn't possibly affect this great big world. You may be right, but collectively, billions of people making daily decisions can and do impact the world. That is why we need our local government to establish laws that can aid in the fight. Some governments and retailers have begun taking steps to phase out plastic bags. Many cities across the U.S. have banned single use plastic bags, including Utah's very own Park City. Utah is known world wide for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife. It only makes sense that we should lead the charge in environmental conservation. It's time for this great state's capitol to shine as a leader and ban plastic bags. I leave you to ponder this quote from conservationist, Aldo Leopold. "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect" Please join the fight for a greener tomorrow. Sign and share this petition and together we WILL make a difference.