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plastic pollution

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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
1,660 supporters
This petition won 5 days ago

Petition to wawa

WAWA: Please reduce your plastic waste. No more plastic coffee stirrers!

Wawa please stop supplying your customers with single use plastic coffee stirrers. 30 seconds of stirring becomes forever in a landfill or the ocean! Plastic is choking the environment, literally. Currently, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, and it is predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish. That means when my son is a just a little older than I am now he'll have to use a pool skimmer at the beach if he wants to swim in the ocean.  WAWA boasts on their napkins that they are "saving the environment, one napkin at a time", because they are made from recycled material. I can appreciate that, but what would help more is to do away with your plastic coffee stirrers.  Anyone who knows this company knows that they sell a lot of coffee and it isn't ridiculous to see people use 2, 3 and 4 of these little plastic stirrers at a time. There are alternatives available. Please stop handing out plastic that will just end up in a landfill or even worse, the ocean! You're a family owned business with some values, I assume. Do your part. These pieces of plastic will still be here long after we are gone, long after our children are gone, etc. Raise my coffee price $0.10 a cup if you have to. That's a small price to pay if it will lessen your environmental impact. NO MORE PLASTIC COFFEE STIRRERS! Please, thank you. 

Douglas Capper
2,749 supporters
Update posted 5 days 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
486,665 supporters