Petition Tag - plastic bags

1. #EIGHTTOZERO - Reduce plastic bag use in Thailand

In Thailand, on average, we use 8 plastic bags every day. A total of 600,000 in Bangkok and a scary 500 million wasted nationwide every day. We want your help to get that number down to zero.

We are calling on all Thai people to pressure their business to instruct their staff to ask: "Do you need a plastic bag?"

Thailand is the 6th worst-offending country for plastic that ends in the oceans, in the world.

Our plastic ends up in the street, in our canals, in the rivers, on our beaches and in the oceans. It is poisonous to us and suffocating for wildlife. And it looks ugly!

- Every year, the floods in Thailand are worse as plastic bags clog sewers and canals.
- Plastic in our oceans is turning the fish we eat toxic. Enjoy your sushi ...
- Plastic kills our marine life, our fish, our turtles and our birds.

Worst of all. Plastic takes 1,000 years to degrade. So please help us to take the challenge to retailers, supermarkets and convenience stores.

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เราขอเรียกร้องให้คนไทยออกมากดดันธุรกิจต่างๆ เพื่อตอบคำถามสั้นๆ ว่า “เราจำเป็นที่จะต้องใช้พลาสติกจริงๆ หรือ”

ปะเทศไทยจัดเป็นประเทศอันดับที่ 6 จากทั่วโลก ในเรื่องของการทิ้งพลาสติกลงสู่ทะเล

โดนเฉลี่ยแล้วคนไทยแต่ละคนจะใช้พลาสติกคนละ 8 ถุงต่อวัน โดยรวมๆ แล้ว เราใช้พลาสติกมาถึง 500,000,000 ถุง ต่อวัน

พลาสติกที่เราใช้จะถูกทิ้งลงถนน คลอง แม่น้ำ หรือ ทะเล ซึ่งจะก่อให้เกิดมลพิษทางน้ำและยังทำร้ายสัตว์น้ำต่างๆ และยังทำให้ทุกๆ ที่ไม่น่าดู
· ทุกๆ ปี ประเทศไทยจะเจอปัญหาเรื่องน้ำท่วม ปัญหาเหล่านี้ยังคงเติบโตขึ้นเรื่อย จำปี 2554 ได้ไหม?
· พลาสติกในทะเลทำให้ปลาที่เรารับประทานเป็นพิษ
· พลาสติกทำร้ายสัตว์นานาชนิดในแม่น้ำและทะเล

ยิ่งแย่ไปกว่านี้ พลาสติกใช้เวลาถึง 1000 ปีในการย่อยสลาย ดั้งนั้นเราจึงขอให้ทุกๆ คนออกมาคัดค้านกลุ่มธุรกิจ ร้านค้าต่างๆ

2. Ban the sale of Plastic Bags in the Peel Region

The problem of Plastic bags is a major concern in the Peel Region.

About 42% of plastic bags are thrown into garbage after which they end up in landfills.

Major corporations such as Walmart and Loblaws give free plastic bags to customers and this is the main reason of the abundance of plastic bags.

Three leadership students have taken the initiative to stand up against the corporations and encourage people to use alternative such as paper bags.

3. Ban Plastic Bags in Mississippi

Plastic not only litters our beaches and makes for a lot of clean up, it also harms our environment and wildlife. Plastic bags contain materials that are toxic to the environment and take a long period of time to biodegrade.

Plastic bags can also entangle or choke fish, turtles, birds, and other animals that mistake plastic for food. Their lack of re-usability creates excessive waste of valuable materials such as natural gas and petroleum.

By banning single-use disposable plastic bags from being distributed by businesses, Mississippi can promote the reduction of plastic waste, endorsing environmental conservation, not only helping our wildlife, but helping our beaches stay beautiful!

4. Ban Plastic Shopping Bags in Queensland

Australians use over 4 billion plastic shopping bags per year but yet only the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and the Northern Territory have bans on them with fines for breaches of their laws.

A clear majority of people strongly supported the measures in these states. Campbell Newman recently scrapped plans to ban single-use shopping bags in Queensland citing cost of living reasons. The fact is that most people can afford to spend small change on reusable shopping bags when it can make such a big difference.

Single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags also cause injury to animals. Plastic bags look like jellyfish and as many as 30% of turtle deaths in Moreton Bay alone are attributed to them. One crocodile was reported to have 25 plastic bags in its stomach which prevented it from digesting its food and resulted in it dying from starvation.

Just remember that these bags are non-biodegradable when they enter landfill and take up to 1,000 years to breakdown. They are a short-term convenience with long-term impacts and a sign of our throw-away society.

For more information please read the report at:

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/explore/ResearchPublications/ResearchBriefs/2010/RBR201028.pdf

5. Ban Plastic Bags in La Jolla!

Help raise awareness of plastic and how it effects our environment!

Los Angeles County has been the first county in California to ban plastic bags, so why can't San Diego or specifically La Jolla?

We live in such a BEAUTIFUL beach community and it's sad to see our local markets using plastic bags!

Help the oceans and ban plastic bags!

6. Make Bondi Beach Plastic Bag Free NOW

Waverley Council met tonight, 20th November 2012, to vote whether or not to make Bondi Beach plastic bag free. The vote was against, citing that the majority wanted to stage workshops to see how they could potentially roll the initiative out to the greater council area.

While it's admirable that the vision is bigger than Bondi, there is overwhelming community support to make Bondi plastic free and many were left puzzled as to why we couldn't ride the wave of community enthusiasm and begin implementing change NOW.

7. Petition to ban the manufacturing of Plastic Bags, World Wide!

We, the undersigned are DEMANDING from the Plastic Bag manufacturers, to STOp manufacturing plastic bags for 2 main reasons!:

1. Because they are bad for our ECO System.

2. Because if thrown away to the junkyard, it´l kill the animals who land to find food!

Petition to ban the manufacturing of Plastic Bags, World Wide!

8. Ban the usage of free plastic bags

Single-use bags, both paper and plastic, represent a huge threat to the environment. This threat is not only related to the sheer volume of them ending up in landfill, but also to the resources needed to produce, transport and (occasionally) recycle them, and the emissions resulting from these processes.

Single-use plastic bags are also well known for their interference in ecosystems and the part they play in flood events, where they clog pipes and drains.

Envirosax presents a fashionable and practical solution to the problem of disposable plastic bags (each Envirosax potentially replaces the use of 6,000 bags during its lifetime), so please make a move in the right direction and help to reduce the impact of plastic bag waste worldwide by buying a reusable bag today!

Plastic bag facts

Approx. 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year.

Approx. 100 billion of the 380 billion are plastic shopping bags.

An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags.

Only 1 to 2% of plastic bags in the USA end up getting recycled.

Thousands of marine animals and more than 1 million birds die each year as a result of plastic pollution.
The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean.

Plastic bags are often mistakenly ingested by animals, clogging their intestines which results in death by starvation. Other animals or birds become entangled in plastic bags and drown or can’t fly as a result.
Even when they photo-degrade in landfill, the plastic from single-use bags never goes away, and toxic particles can enter the food chain when they are ingested by unsuspecting animals.

Greenpeace says that at least 267 marine species are known to have suffered from getting entangled in or ingesting marine debris. Nearly 90% of that debris is plastic.

Americans consume more than 10 billion paper bags per year. Approximately 14 million trees are cut down every year for paper bag production.

Most of the pulp used for paper shopping bags is virgin pulp, as it is considered stronger.

Paper production requires hundreds of thousands of gallons of water as well as toxic chemicals like sulphurous acid, which can lead to acid rain and water pollution.

9. Ban Lightweight Plastic Bags in the Yarraville Village

To the retailers within the Yarraville Village. This Petition of the Yarraville community brings attention to the following issues:

• Australians use about 4 billion lightweight plastic bags every year. Vast amounts of fossil fuels are required to produce these bags, a process which adds to greenhouse emissions.

• Plastic bag refuse is a major threat to our land, waterways and ocean environments, including Stony Creek, Maribyrnong River and Port Phillip Bay.

• Plastic takes hundreds of years to break down and has the potential to end up on the marine food chain with devastating consequences. At least 77 species of marine wildlife found in Australian waters are affected by marine litter.

• Eliminating single use plastic bags requires negligible infrastructure and will save clean-up costs, whilst allowing significant savings to retailers.

Help our wonderful village change its bag habits and make it an environmental leader in the inner west.

10. Ban the use of plastic bags in St Albans, UK

I’m trying to ban the use of plastic bags in the area of St. Albans.

Plastic bags take years to degrade and are simply a waste. In the fields around where I walk my dog there are plastic bags flying about or twisted around trees – this is a significant problem. It is really damaging to the environment – as trees aren’t able to grow properly and birds can get tangled up in them.

I think that banning plastic’s would be beneficial to the area with its lush green landscape. I want to protect the blossoming landscape from being destroyed and also preserve it for generations to come after my one, as everybody deserves to enjoy the beauty.

The St. Albans community is, as I have observed very green and the plastic bag ban would be indeed welcomed with people striving to make our community even more ecological.

I think that we would see a huge change with the amount of plastic bag litter on the street and also the natural landscape would be rid of the harmful plastic bags.

We need to ban plastic bags so that we can protect our environment as well as making it greener and ecological because even though we are living in a highly modernised world we still need to think of our planet.

PLEASE ONLY THOSE FROM THE COMMUNITY OF ST ALBANS TO SIGN THIS PETITION. WHOSE WHO WORK, STUDY OR LIVE HERE ONLY PLEASE. THOSE ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COUNCIL OTHERWISE THE PETITION IS VOID.

Many thanks.

11. Ban Single Use Plastic Bags

Single use plastic bags make up a large amount of the plastic waste deposited every year.

Eliminating the use of them by companies within the Dallas city limits would allow for a drop in the amount corporations must pay to furnish the stores with the plastic bags but also help to minimize the ongoing public waste issue.

12. Eliminate Plastic Bags

Plastic bags pose a serious danger to birds and marine mammals that often mistake them for food. Thousands die each year after swallowing or choking on discarded plastic bags.

The issue is that polyethylene - the polymer that makes up plastic - never dies. It may break into smaller pieces, right down to the individual polyethylene molecules, but it simply doesn't fully degrade.

Finally, producing plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum that could be used for transportation or heating.

13. Plastic Bag Free NSW Petition NSW Environment Minister

Plastic pollution how did it get this bad? Plastic, once our “friend” in the fifties, has now become nature's “enemy”. Our oceans now contain alarming amounts of plastic debris which will take hundreds of years to break down. This is disastrous for our marine life.

Below the waves, plastic debris is finding its way into the food chain. The UN Environment Program described marine plastics as the new toxic time bomb.

In addition to entangling wildlife plastic is mistaken for food, floating plastics accumulate and concentrate chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the pesticide DDT.

Since 2000 we have produced more plastic than during the entire 20th century. To produce the approximately 4 billion bags, Australians used last year, vast amounts of non renewable fossil fuels were used. Millions of bags end up on beaches, in rivers and other parts of our natural environment. In our own backyard- Lord Howe Island plastic is killing migrating shearwaters. In the latest survey this year, one bird’s stomach contained more than 200 pieces of plastic.

Dozens of countries have banned plastic bags with positive results. South Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT have already banned plastic bags.As a result of the public support Target, Bunnings and other stores have decided to ban plastic bags on a national basis.

It is timely that the NSW government introduce a ban on single use plastic bags as a first step to reduce the serious effects of plastic pollution.

WE URGE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS TO SIGN THIS PETITION TODAY!

PS Anyone who has been fortunate enough to view the documentary "Bag-It" hosted by environmentalist Tim Silverwood, will never look at plastic the same way again. Tim is currently touring Australia sharing details of his research trip to the North Pacific Gyre and promoting various ways by which we can change our behavior.

Tim Silverwood - www.timsilverwood.com

Read More:
:http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/deadly-diet-of-marine-plastic-kills-seabirds-20110513-1emff.html#ixzz1WhqxbQSt
http://worldoceanreview.com/en/

14. Stop Rob Ford From Removing 5 Cents Plastic Bag Policy

Rob Ford is planning to remove the 5 cents policy for plastic bags. It's been proven that this policy has greatly reduced the plastic bag consumption, which helps the environment of the city.

It has been a great success, and we at St. Henry Catholic School do not believe that Rob Ford should remove this policy.

15. Say NO to Plastic Bags in Singapore

Plastic last forever and it's KILLS!

Used plastic bags, bottles and similar are finding their ways to our drains, rivers, sea, beaches and the big oceans.

These products made from plastic will never decomposed but will only broken into smaller pieces to be mistakenly consumed by the marine creatures...

The marine life are either choke or stave them to death by these mistaken food... or its find their ways into our food chain...

With the ever increasing of the population tag with the current consumers' habits, the volume of discarded plastic bags, bottles or others will increased to an alarming situation that will be beyond our ability to clean it up...

There are already numerous reports about garbage patches found in our oceans and more than 80% of the contents are plastics. These plastics are destroying and killing the marine life directly and indirectly, and we humans will be affected...

16. Remove the "Bring Your Own Bag" Bylaw No. 09/033

As of September 1, 2010 the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo implemented a new bylaw eliminating the use of single-use shopping bags.

Bylaw No. 09/033 states:
"BEING A BYLAW OF THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF WOOD BUFFALO, IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA, TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF SINGLE-USE SHOPPING BAGS BY ESTABLISHMENTS OPERATING WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF WOOD BUFFALO..."

This Petition will be brought to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council and Administration in order to have this Bylaw remove or revised so that establishments operating within the RMWB will be permitted to use Single-Use Shopping bags if they so choose.

17. 2012 Plastic-Bag-Free Olympics

Greener Upon Thames is a community-driven campaign to reduce plastic bag use in the London Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston, make London and the 2012 Olympics plastic-bag-free, and pressure our Government for a ban or levy on single-use plastic bags.

Backed by politicians, schools, local community organisations and more than 500 shops and thousands of residents, we campaign to break the bag habits of millions in London and beyond by producing and distributing literature and infomercials, organising local events and liaising with international plastic-bag-free campaigns to raise awareness about the impact of plastic bags, excess packaging and waste plastic on the environment and future generations.

London 2012: Shouldn't we be plastic-bag-free? Bagging Boris from Greener Upon Thames on Vimeo.



Greener school competition entry from Andrea Craig on Vimeo.

18. Ban Plastic Bags in FL and U.S.A.

“Data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency shows that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.”

-National Geographic News September 2, 2003

“Plastic bags account for over 10 percent of the debris washed up on the U.S. coastline.”

-National Marine Debris Monitoring Program

If just 1 out of 5 people in our country used a Bio bag we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags over our life time.

A study in 1975, showed oceangoing vessels together dumped 8 million pounds of plastic annually. The real reason that the world's landfills weren't overflowing with plastic was because most of it ended up in an ocean-fill.

Ireland took the lead in Europe, taxing plastic bags in 2002 and have now reduced plastic bag consumption by 90%

- BBC News August 20, 2002

China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year due to their ban of free plastic bags

- CNN.com/asia January 9, 2008

Reducing plastic bags will decrease foreign oil dependency.

Bangladesh, China, Ireland, Rwanda, Israel, western India, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Taiwan, and Singapore have also banned or are moving toward banning the plastic bag.

- PlanetSave.com February 16, 2008

19. Get rid of plastic bags

The world uses between 500 billion and 1.2 trillion plastic bags a year and about 96.5% of all plastic made is not recycled. And when it is thrown away it gets taken to landfills where it is squashed into the ground.

Plastic is not bio-degradeable and can take anywhere from 500-1000 years to break down and when it does finally break down in landfills it does so anaerobically and breaks down into smaller toxic particles which contaminate the soil, waterways and oceans. This also causes methane to be produced which is a potent greenhouse gas that damages the atmosphere.

Plastic does not only damage the environment but also the marine wildlife. It is estimated that the oceans contain just over 100 million tonnes of plastic. Wildlife can get entangled in plastic leading to them starving or suffocating and it is often ingested by them and as a result they can choke to death. It is thought that about 100,000 seals, sea lions, whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife die each year as a result of plastic debris.

Paper bags are one alternative but the fact that paper uses up a lot more resources in its production than plastic is a problem. But paper is bio-degradeable and at present in the UK more paper bags are being recycled than plastic bags.

The best option for a retailer would be the bio-plastic bag. Bio-plastic is made from plants which are a renewable resource and it is 100% bio-degradeable. Also the process through which bio-plastic is made takes up less energy than conventional plastics and it is fully compostable.

The government and retailers themselves are not bringing about this change quick enough and although some supermarkets only give out plastic bags if you ask for them and places like Ireland have put a tax on plastic bags this is not enough as they will all still inevitably end up in landfills so plastic bags need to be gone altogether.

But it is still important that we re-use our bags as many times as possible and then recycle them. If you could please let as many people know about this petition as you can that would be great and I'm going to advertise it as much as possible. So please sign this petition if you agree and thanks for taking the time to read this.

If you want more information these are some good websites:

www.plasticbagfree.com
www.messageinthewaves.com

Thanks

Sam

20. Ban plastic bags

Are you sick of plastic bags that only cause bad to our environment? Do you hate that no one can't just stand up and say i want plastic bags banned?

Well, if you are that person, please sign this petition as it is very important for us. We want a well-treated environment, not bags all around.

So I now say, let's make a difference now or never!

21. Youth and Climate Change: Time for ACTION

The youth of today care about OUR future and believe that it is imperative that more is done to ensure a sustainable future for all

Australians use 3.92 billion plastic bags a year, that's over 10 million new bags being used every day. An estimated 3.76 billion bags or 20,700 tonnes of plastic are disposed of in landfill sites throughout Australia every year. Australians dump 7,150 recyclable plastic bags into landfills every minute or 429,000 bags every hour.
Clean Up Australian

Recycling has environmental, economic and social advantages.
• Recycling generates civic pride and environmental awareness.
• Recycling helps prevent environmental pollution.
• Recycling saves natural resources.
• Recycling conserves raw materials used in industry.
• Making products from recycled ingredients often uses much less energy than producing the same product from raw materials.
• Recycling reduces the amount of material dumped in landfill sites and helps our waste disposal problems.
• Goods are used productively and prevented from becoming litter and garbage.
EPA

22. Ban the use of Plastic Bags in Singapore!

There are too many plastic bags being thrown away when they are only used once.

Besides, plastic bags cannot be broken down easily and contributes to global warming.

We should ban the use of plastic bags and start appreciating reusable bags!

23. Bring your Own Bag

In March 2002 the Irish government introduced a PlasTax levy on single-use
plastic carrier bags (including biodegradable ones.) The scheme has been an
extraordinary success, with consumption down by a staggering 95%. Prior
to the introduction of the levy annual carrier bag usage in Ireland stood at
1.2 billion.

On March 27, 2007 San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to become
the first U.S. city to ban plastic bags from large supermarkets to help
promote recycling. The city's Department of the Environment said San
Francisco uses 181 million plastic grocery bags annually. This ban applies to
shopping bags made from petroleum products and would save 450,000
gallons of oil a year and remove the need to send 1,400 tons of debris now
sent annually to landfills.

There are petitions being signed in for this cause in the United Kingdom and
Scottland as well.

The City of Los Angeles with it's heavy dependance on oil and gas should
make every attempt to lead the way in a greener future by cutting it's
dependance on oil and petroleum products.

24. Stop Polluting The Earth-Rivers, Lakes, Streets

July 11, 2006

We treat the environment like a joke.

I have seen so many rivers/lakes in the past full of rubbish and dangerous objects such as beer bottles, cans, plastic bags and plastic. But you can help!

Think about it:
National Tree Day
Cleanup Australia Day
Or just simply helping the environment by easily picking up rubbish you see and putting it securely into the rubbish bin! It's not hard at all.

Rivers And Lakes:
Have you ever noticed the scummy dirty look on rivers? Many causes of pollution including sewage and fertilizers containing nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates.In excess levels, nutrients over stimulate the growth of aquatic plants and algae.

Excessive growth of these types of organisms consequently clogs our waterways, use up dissolved oxygen as they decompose, and block light to deeper waters.

The pollution of rivers and streams with chemical contaminants has become one of the most crutial environmental problems within the 20th century. Waterborne chemical pollution entering rivers and streams cause tramendous amounts of destruction.

Pathogens are another type of pollution that prove very harmful. They can cause many illnesses that range from typhoid and dysentery to minor respiratory and skin diseases

Three last forms of water pollution exist in the forms of petroleum, radioactive substances, and heat. Petroleum often pollutes waterbodies in the form of oil, resulting from oil spills.

SAY "NO" TO PLASTIC BAGS!!!They are very dangerous to birds and other native wildlife.Birds use littered plastic bags for their nests and end up getting caught/tangled in it and experience a horrible suffocation!

Use the green environmentally friendly bags!!!Put an End to Plastic Bags - it's in your hands. It's simple and inexpensive to make the change.

Please sign my petition!

All comments/signatures will be greatly appreciated.