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plastic bags

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Petition to Nome City Council

BAN THE PLASTIC BAG!

Banning plastic bags in Nome would mean local businesses would be required to only distribute paper bags or the consumer would bring their own reusable bags. To make the transition possible, they could be granted one year before the ban takes effect for local businesses. This means, local restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, etc. would help reduce plastic waste in Nome, Alaska starting as soon as next year. There are currently over 400 cities and states that have completely banned plastic bag use, including; Unalakleet, Saint Michael, Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Bethel, Fairbanks, Homer, Hooper Bay, Unalaska and the entire state of California and state of Oregon. Representative Andy Josephson of Anchorage has sponsored the bill, HB 81 "An Act prohibiting disposable plastic shopping bags; and providing for an effective date." The bill is awaiting the House of Labor & Commerce Committee to have a hearing for in January 2020. Senator Dan Sullivan introduced the “Save Our Seas 2.0 Act” (introduced in whole as S. 1982) by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  A third piece of the bill awaits action by the Senate Commerce Committee.  The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act was introduced in June to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal economies and harming marine life. These Alaskan political representatives are also in similar efforts. Please consider banning plastic bags. We stand with the Village of Solomon in their outreach and educational efforts to reduce the plastic pollution in our subsistence lifestyles here in the Region.

Deilah Coordinator
1,650 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Target, Kroger, Publix Super Markets, Donald J. Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, Nashville City Council, Spring Hill city council, Steve Cohen, Mark Green, Jim Cooper, John Rose, Tim Burchett, Scott DesJarlais, Phil Roe, David Kustoff, Charles J. "Chuck" Fleischmann, Corey Napier, Rick Graham, Bill Lee

Ban Plastic Bags in Tennessee

Hello All, My name is Megan Cianfaglione. I live in Thompsons Station, Tennessee. I am writing this petition to help put a ban on plastic bags in Tennessee. Recently I reviewed that a potential ban on plastic bags was declined by Gov. Bill Lee. I am hoping this petition reaches to all people also concerned with the impact these single use plastic bags have on our environment. Tennessee is a beautiful state with amazing national parks and i would hate to see them turn to dumps. So much as one plastic bag is one too many in a world quickly filling with plastic with no where to go. This not only impacts the environment as nasty eyesores seen on the sides of the road and stuck on tree limbs but it poses an even greater threat when it starts to breakdown. The lifespan of ONE single plastic bag can last for upwards of 1000 YEARS. Meaning that every piece of plastic ever made on this planet is still floating around; in the oceans, rivers, and lakes we use to supply our water here in Tennessee.  There are many other ways to go about life without the use of plastic bags. I personally always carry a reusable shopping bag that i find to be quite durable and able to hold much more weight. Another way to ditch plastic bags is to switch to paper; although paper gets a bad rep when talking about the environment, it is more easily recyclable and decomposes in about a month as opposed to plastic bags which take hundreds of years. Whole Foods has a great program where customers are rewarded with 10 cents off of each reusable bag used, that is another great way to get people to bring reusable bags and cut down on waste. Whole Foods also does not carry plastic bags they use brown paper bags which are BETTER for the environment in the long run. One more option to help transition plastic bags out for good would be to start taxing companies or customers for using plastic bags. If every company did this, eventually more and more customers would jump on board with the idea that reusable/paper is the way to go. And if companies ditched plastic bags they would gain great press, and increase their sales while also reducing the cost spent on plastic bags. These were just a few ideas i have had from personal experiences and through steady research on the good ole internet. It was that easy to find solutions. We are smart people and we are capable people. So let's put one foot forward and take a small step towards creating a CLEANER, more SUSTAINABLE environment not only for us now but also for future generations to come.  My name is Megan Cianfaglione and if you are with me or if you just want to help save the world one step at a time, please sign this petition. Tennessee is counting on you.      

Megan Cianfaglione
245 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, Lisa Boyd

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 is not the answer. 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. We can bring our own bags. 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 incentive 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
482,084 supporters