Target: Mayor of Salem, OR, Anna M. Peterson
Goal: End harmful plastic bag use in Salem, Oregon while pushing for sustainable alternatives.
The plastic shopping bag, an everyday item used in grocery stores around the world, has devastating effects on the environment. But any motion to ban plastic bags on a federal level has been met by enormous opposition due to the simple convenience they provide modern consumers. There are easy alternatives to plastic bags that citizens need to be made aware of, one city at a time.
Plastic bags are an environmental issue no matter where they end up. Marine predators often mistake them for prey, and the bags become lodged in animals’ throats, causing them to suffocate. These needless deaths are increasing every year. On land they cause similar suffocation deaths for thousands of woodland mammals and inhibit nutrients from passing through the soil.
While we’re always searching for more alternatives to plastic bags, there are many options available that are better for the environment. In some regions where there is controversy over the issue, reusable plastic bags are being introduced that last three to five trips to the store instead of just one. Reusable cloth bags are becoming a favorite among environmental supporters, and while every bag has its issues, these are the currently recommended solution.
Portland, Oregon recently passed a ban on the use of plastic bags for over 5000 businesses. Salem, Oregon’s capital, should place its own ban on plastic bags, taking another step towards sustainable consumerism and setting an example for the whole country. Sign the petition to encourage Salem to ban plastic bags.
Dear Mayor Peterson,
The use of plastic bags around the world causes damage to the environment every day. Thousand of woodland animals and sea mammals die every year by suffocating on shopping bags, and the numbers only go up. Wherever bags end up, they remain for hundreds of years, wreaking havoc on natural habitats and ecosystems.
There are easy alternatives to plastic. Reusable plastic bags would be a start. Durable, reusable cloth bags are the best currently recommended solution. Portland recently passed their own ban on plastic bags. Salem can take the next step in bringing the U.S. to a better consumer solution. I urge you to ban plastic bags in Salem and encourage the use of more sustainable options in order to better preserve our environment.
[Your Name Here]
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