Support the Proposed Ban on Plastic Grocery Bags

  • by: Care2
  • recipient: San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Help encourage San Francisco to lead the way in reducing global warming emissions by banning plastic grocery bags - and other cities may do the same.

Plastic bags eat up fossil fuel, litter streets and choke wildlife. What's more, it is estimated that plastic bags can take between 500 and 1000 years to decompose!

The Board of Supervisors have proposed a ban on plastic bags for large grocers in San Francisco. If this law were passed, large stores would have to offer customers bags made of recycled paper, plastic that can be composted or bags that can be reused. Violators would be required to pay a fine. The city's own Mayor, Gavin Newsom, endorses this bill.

According to a study by the UK-based Ban the Bag, only 0.5% of plastic bags are recycled. This means most bags are being thrown into waste dumps, where they will remain for hundreds of years.

Show your support for San Francisco's ban on plastic bags, so that other cities may follow suit. If you are a U.S. resident, a copy of your letter will also be sent to your state Governor!

Dear San Francisco Board of Supervisors,

I am writing to encourage you to pass "Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance."

As a leading city in the United States' efforts to improve our environment, San Francisco can set an example for other cities and show that you are committed to reducing global warming gases, litter and harm to wildlife.

The plan will amend the "San Francisco Environment Code by adding Chapter 17, sections 1701 through 1709, to: (1) require the use of compostable plastic, recyclable paper and/or reusable checkout bags by grocery stores located in the City and County of San Francisco; and (2) provide for penalties for violations."

[Your Comment]

Please pass this bill and begin paving the desperately needed path toward a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly America.

Thank you.

[Your name]
[Your address]

CC: [Your Governor]

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