No More Plastic Bag Pollution
- By: Care2.com
- Target: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California State Senate
The Pacific Garbage Patch can be found floating about 1,000 miles off the Californian coast -- this swirling mass of plastic bags and garbage has grown to be twice the size of Texas.
When it comes to the environment, California is a trendsetter. The Pacific Garbage Patch is all of our responsibilities, but we need California to put the country on the right track towards eliminating plastic waste.
Although California prides itself on its environmental initiatives, there's no way The Golden State can deserve its title as the greenest state until it addresses its plastic bag problem. At 19
billion plastic bags a year, California is currently the biggest consumer of single-use plastic bags.
Despite this, California is poised to become the first state to ban plastic bags. The California State Assembly passed a bill (AB 1998) to ban single-use plastic shopping bags on June 2, and the
bill will go to the Senate mid August. Urge California legislators to support a ban on single-use grocery bags.
I'm writing to urge you to pass AB 1998 and support a ban on single-use grocery bags. At 19 billion plastic bags a year, California is currently the biggest consumer of single-use plastic bags.
All these wasted bags end up in landfills -- at best. Often the bags find their way into communities and natural areas, including the ocean. A swirling mass of plastic bags and garbage, known as the Pacific Garbage Patch, can be found floating about 1,000 miles off the Californian coast, and it has grown to be twice the size of Texas.
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The Golden State is poised to become the greenest state and the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. Already, the California State Assembly passed AB 1998 to ban single-use plastic shopping bags on June 2. Please support this bill and write a ban on plastic bags into California law.