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plastic bags

78 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Kroger, Walmart, Schnucks

Ban Plastic Bags From Kroger, Walmart, and Schnucks

Plastic bags disrupt the environment in a very bad way. They get into the soil and slowly release toxic chemicals. They eventually break down into the soil, with the sad result being that animals eat them and often choke and die. Plastic bags are suffocating the planet, with 60,000 plastic bags being bought in the U.S. every 5 seconds. They take huge amounts of energy to manufacture, transport across the country, and recycle. They don’t break down in landfill sites, but over time they release dangerous chemicals. They’re incredibly hard to recycle.  They contribute to a widespread, global litter problem. The floods in Bangladesh in 1988 and 1998, and frequent flooding in Manila can be attributed to blockages caused by this type of litter. The common three-arrow recyclable symbol is found on plastic packaging across the U.S. however in many cases it is a marketing trick, as there is no regulation of the symbol or legal requirements for the way it is used. Many of the plastic bags collected by recycling companies cannot be reused or recycled, as the industry that produces them does not want to buy them back. Most ‘recycled’ bags therefore end up in landfill sites or are shipped to Asia. Most of the Earth’s wildlife is in the sea, which means that at least 260 other species of animal are also at risk of ingestion or entanglement due to plastic bag floating in the ocean. Floating plastic bags are often mistaken for jellyfish by marine animals who feed on them, such as sea turtles which are threatened with becoming endangered due to mass ingestion of plastics. Shards of plastic bags lay in their stomachs, leaving no room for actual food. This is a terrible problem. Only you can fix it.          

Marie-Jolie Wiley
142 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Mayor of Neptune Township, Neptune Township Green Team, Neptune Environmental and Shade Tree Commission

Plastics ban in Neptune, NJ!

This petition is to ban single-use plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, and straws only by request in restaurants in Neptune Township, NJ! Neptune is a beachside town, and includes Shark River, Wesley Lake, Fletcher Lake, and Ocean Grove Beach. Unfortunately, no body of water, waterway, beach, or shoreline is safe from plastic and other forms of single-use disposable pollution.  New Jersey alone accounts for 4 billion plastic bags disposed of each year - they are used once or twice and either end up in landfills, where they emit greenhouse gases and contribute to climate change, or make their way into our waterways and ocean. There, they harm and kill wildlife, break down into micro-plastics, and infiltrate every level of the ocean, all the way to the sea floor. This means that they're in the sea food and salt we consume as well. Styrofoam is non-biodegradable, not recyclable and disposed of after one use. Just like other single-use disposables, they either go into a landfill, emitting greenhouse gases, or end up on the side of the road, in waterways, and the ocean. The United States accounts for 37% of all food service disposables globally, including Styrofoam!  The United States goes through 500 million straws every day - more than 182 billion straws each year! That's 342 million pounds of waste each year - ending up in landfills or, you guessed it, the ocean. Straws are one of the top 10 marine debris items found on beaches. They're also made from petroleum - a toxic and polluting non-renewable resource.  As a beachside town, we're the ones who feel the effects of climate change and pollution, because we see it firsthand. We have a responsibility to lead and set the example for other towns in New Jersey! 

Gabrielle Ientile
485 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Wegmans Food Markets

Help Ban Plastic Bags at Wegmans Food Markets

Wegmans Food Markets has an incredibly loyal and passionate following (myself included).  Just type their name into google, and you will see several recent articles referring to them as trendsetters and leaders when it comes to retail and grocery shopping.  Better yet, visit a location and be impressed first hand.  Wegmans Food Markets has a huge opportunity to take action when it comes to decreasing single-use plastics, specifically, plastic bags. There are so many actions they could be taking here, and banning the use of plastic bags is a great starting point (check out the progress other cities have made on this).  And what better place for Wegmans to start than Rochester, NY, home of their headquarters!  This is also a great opportunity for our Rochester Community. Recently, there have been a number of articles stating that Wegmans is hesitant to do this in New York State, in response to Cuomo's initiative, because it will "push more people to use paper bags (which is also damaging to the environment)". Educating consumers on the use of reusable bags is key, as they mention, but they can DO MORE!  They have the power, resources, and responsibility to do more. Please join me in encouraging Wegmans Food Markets to take even more action when it comes to the environment. Change is possible!  Our dependence on plastic is killing us, wildlife, and the planet.  Please note I did not include statistics and research on single-use plastic and plastic bags, as they can easily be found on the internet. Please take the time to educate yourself and do some research. There are some pretty horrifying and devastating images and facts out there. It is time for our society to make changes.  

Alyssa Juszkiewicz
4,597 supporters