plastic bags

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Petition to Fort Collins City Council, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, Lowes, Safeway, King Soopers, Sprouts , Mayor Wade Troxell

Let’s find alternatives to single use plastic bags in Fort Collins grocery/retail stores

There is a popular and growing movement to ban single-use plastic bags at retail and grocery stores across the United States and globally. Currently, there are thousands of known countries, states, cities, counties, and towns to have, in some way, banned bag use.  While very effective, banning isn't always the accepted or legal solution. An outdated 1993 state law which disallows Colorado municipalities from banning plastics has discouraged some cities from the single-use plastic bag ban trend. But yet at least NINE municipalities in Colorado have a ban on, require retail and grocery stores to charge a fee or have provided financial and environmentally proper alternatives for these plastic bags.  So why isn't Fort Collins joining this movement to correct the issue outside of just offering a "pilot" recycling program? "Reuse This Bag" estimates that a plastic bag has a 12-minute lifespan from when it's initially filled with groceries at the grocery store to when it is discarded.  Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture. 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. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year.  2 Million are used/consumed/taken from stores every minute. 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. According to the Coloradoan, in 2014, city staff estimated 52 million disposable bags were used each year in Fort Collins, with 60 percent of plastic bags distributed by grocery stores. Our population and our trash disposal has grown tremendously since then. If the city council won't move forward with banning single-use plastic bags then we the PEOPLE can work with the local businesses and pressure them to see the dark environmental impact all retail and grocery businesses have by offering these specific types of bags.  Lets help them make the right choice and VOLUNTARILY refuse to offer single-use plastic bags.  We understand this won’t be convenient for all of us, but it is time to act. For those of us who shop at Costco or IKEA (not in Fort Collins city limits) or even Trader Joes, we know we can survive without plastic bags.     We all know retail and grocery businesses live and die with their financial bottom line, but what many may not realize is that there is a tremendous upside for all of the businesses to voluntarily stop providing single-use plastic bags.   Businesses would save money by not having to purchase the plastic bags in the first place Businesses would save money by not needing to pay to collect and recycle these bags Businesses would receive free advertising/marketing/promotion with branded reusable tote bags as residents would use them throughout the city Businesses could make a positive impact on the community by giving them away or selling reusable tote bags at cost.   Dozens and dozens of companies in Fort Collins are already refusing to use single-use plastic bags.  They have LOTS of alternatives. vTherefore, we the people of Fort Collins demand our local businesses make a statement as the FIRST CITY in the beautiful state of Colorado to put the environment and future generations first and voluntarily REFUSE TO USE single-use plastic bags city wide! Please also follow us on our Facebook page.  We are encouraging everyone to post pictures of plastic bags caught in our trees, on our sidewalks, in our parks, etc throughout Fort Collins.  It's amazing how many you will find when you start looking around.  

Scott O'Brien
284 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate

PA Tax on Plastic Bags

The average American family accumulates a shocking 1,500 plastic bags every year. Among other forms of plastic (i.e. bottled water, plastic utensils, plates, etc.), plastic bags have come to play a massive role in our society. Are they convenient? Yes, but plastic bags also waste nonrenewable resources, bring harm to marine life, and contribute greatly to CO2 emissions. To top it off, plastic bags, and other plastic products, never fully decompose, but instead take thousands of years to break down into smaller plastic pieces.  Evidently, our society is facing a plastic problem-largely because plastic is so integrated into our lives. So what if we taxed plastic bags? Taxing plastic bags will allow the consumer to actively consider if he/she truly needs a plastic bag for purchases, and therefore could lead to less plastic consumption per person. Charging an extra 5 to 10 cents per bag is enough for consumers to stop and think about their decisions. California currently bans single-use plastic bags at large retail stores, and requires a 10-cent minimum charge for recycled paper bags, reusable plastic bags, and compostable bags at certain locations. Other states like Hawaii, New York, Maine, etc. have also enacted plastic bag legislation. Countries like China have also enacted similar policies that taxed plastic bags; Chinese supermarkets reportedly reduced plastic bag usage by 66 percent after limitation. Currently, Pennsylvania's lawmakers are considering a 2-cent tax on plastic bags. However, I don't believe this is enough. 2 cents is negligible in comparison to the $1-3 reusable bags sold at grocery stores. Raising this tax to 10 cents would be much more effective, and promote more incentive towards eco-friendliness.  "Why can't we just recycle them?" Unfortunately, many recycling machines don't accept plastic bags since they pose harm to the machinery. Combined with apathy towards recycling, only about 1% of our plastic bag consumption is actually recycled! Besides, reducing our plastic consumption is much more effective than relying on recycling in the long run.  Our oceans are filling with plastic waste, to the extent where whales are found dead with 88 pounds of plastic in their stomach. Our environment is already suffering from greenhouse gas emissions and plastic litter.   With all the consequences of plastic overconsumption made clear, it is imperative that we take action. Sign this petition to show your support for a 5-10 cent tax on plastic bags in Pennsylvania and show our representatives your concern.  Feel free to learn more:

Yunge Xiao
129 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Brian Cornell, Jennifer Silberman, Brian Lannan, Doug Baker, George Barrett, Ken Salazar, Melissa McLean, Monica Lozano, Henrique De Castro, Dmitri Stockton, Melanie Healey

Target, Stop Filling the World with Plastic Bags!

We, Target customers, ask Target to eliminate plastic bags. We understand this won’t be convenient to us, but it is time to act. For those of us who also shop at Costco or IKEA, we know we can survive without plastic bags.  2 million single-use plastic bags are consumed every minute. These bags often wind up in waterways and our landscape, degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny toxic bits. These bags have a massive carbon footprint.  Switching to paper won’t help. The carbon footprint of paper bags is even bigger. Paper production uses trees that could instead be absorbing carbon dioxide, releases more greenhouse gases, takes 3 times the amount of water, and results in 50 times more water pollutants. Paper bags do not breakdown faster in a landfill and take more space.  If Target provides bags for purchase, we ask it to charge a meaningful amount because this approach works. Plastic bag use fell by 90% in Ireland following a plastic bag tax of 37 cents. In Australia, 2 major retailers led by eliminating plastic bags in their stores and the country reduced plastic bag use by 80% in 3 months. In Los Angeles county, a plastic bag ban with a charge on paper bags reduced single bag use by 95%. Target’s current 5 cent discount for those bringing bags does not meaningfully curb Target’s plastic bag consumption.  We want Target to act swiftly. Target’s plastic bags are choking the earth. 

Customers Who Care
298,395 supporters