Opened on April 20, 2012
This site is about getting people to sign my petition about BANNING Plastic bags in Castle Rock Colorado. This year Earth day really hit me hard, after watching a video on how much plastic bags impact our enviroment and wildlife, I got to thinking since i live in such a beautiful town why not make an impact that can effect and inspire other places in colorado and maybe the world!
If we use a cloth bag we can save 6 bags a week. Thats 24 bags a month. Thats 288 bags a year. Thats 22,176 bags in a average life time. If just 1 out of 5 people in our country did this we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags our life time. Make a difference yourself,use a cloth bag! be GREEN!
And if we can't ban the bag we could put a tax on them like Ireland, They took the lead taxing plastic bags in 2002 and have now reduced plastic consumption by 90%!
On march 27th 2007, San Francisco became the first US city to ban the bags.
Countries that have also banned or taken action to discourge the use of plastic bags include,
Austrlia,Bangladesh,Ireland,Italy,South africa,Tiwan. Bombay and India have also banned the bags.
HERE IS SOME FACTS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT PLASTIC BAGS.
1.Bags get blown around and get into our seas,lakes,rivers and with that they get ingested by wildlife.
2.Approximately 1 million seabirds and mammels die each year my ingesting plastics.
3.Nearly 200 different species of sea life including whales,dolphines and turtles die due to ingesting plastic.
Plastic over time photodegrade, and break into more toxic Perto-polymers which eventually contaminates soils and waterways. As a consequence microscopic particals can enter the food chain. The effect on wildlife can be catastrophic.
Plastic bags account for over 10 percent of the debris washed up on the US coastline. They are among the 12 items of debris found in most coastal cleanups. Less then 1% of all plastic bags are recycled in the US.
A study shows that in 1975, oceangoing vessels together dumped 8 million pounds of plastic annually. The real reason landfills were not overflowing with plastic was because most of it ened up in oceanfills.
Plastic bags have been found floating as far north as the Artic circle near spitzbergen and a far south as the falkland islands.
About 500 billion to 1 Trillion plastic bags are used world wide each year! WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.