Target: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
Goal: Ban the sale of disposable plastic water bottles in Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington, is successfully becoming a city dedicated to the environment. Public transportation consists of hybrid-electric vehicles, the city’s many parks are well kept and cherished, bicycle transportation is heavily advocated and the city has put a ban on plastic bags and charges a bag fee for paper bags. Seattle is stepping up environmentally, though plastic water bottles are still being sold within the city.
San Francisco recently banned plastic water bottles at public events hosting more than 100 people, and is no longer spending public money on plastic water bottles. The city still allows for the sale of individual water bottles at stores on private property, and the fines for those who violate any water bottle bans in place are not steep. Seattle should take the idea of the San Francisco water bottle ban and expand on it. Banning plastic water bottles would be a very positive step for the environment and the city.
Plastic water bottles make up thirteen percent of annual garbage waste in the U.S.; this number is growing. Many plastic water bottles do not get recycled, but those that do expel harmful gases into the environment while melting. The best option is to encourage bans on plastic water bottle use and encourage reusable water bottles that people carry with them and fill when necessary. This ban could be a reality for Seattle. The city has successfully banned plastic bags and encourages bag reuse; this ban has made citizens conscious of bag use, causing most people to carry around reusable bags for groceries and shopping. There is no plastic bag waste in the city.
Urge Seattle to place a ban on all water bottle sales within city limits. Plastic bottles are abundant in our landfills and pollute our oceans; we must move away from our reliance on them and focus on helping the environment.
Dear Ed Murray,
Seattle has successfully banned plastic bags within city limits. Citizens of Seattle are now very conscious of their bag use; often they will prefer to carry all of their items instead of spend a few cents on a paper bag. Many citizens also carry around a reusable bag to keep bought items in. Because this ban has been so successful, I propose the next step for the environment should be to ban the sale of plastic water bottles within city limits.
Plastic water bottles make up thirteen percent of landfill waste and expel dangerous chemicals during the recycling process. Our oceans are plagued with excess plastic waste from plastic water bottles. There are islands in the ocean made up entirely of plastic water bottles. Many consumers believe that drinking water from bought water bottles is healthier than tap water, which is not true. Often water bottles are filled with local drinking water from the source area, and the bottles are not healthy for the environment at all.
I urge you, Mr. Mayor, to ban the sale of plastic water bottles within city limits. Seattle is a city right next to a large body of water; we must become more conscious of our waste. Encourage citizens to use reusable, non-plastic bottles to hold water. A successful ban would stretch to grocery and convenience stores and public events. Let’s bring Seattle one step closer to becoming ‘the most environmentally conscious city in the U.S.’
[Your Name Here]
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