Target: San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee
Goal: Praise the City of San Francisco for its sustainable decision to ban environmentally harmful single-use plastic water bottles
The City of San Francisco recently made the decision to ban single-use plastic water bottles, as part of a sustainability effort. Water bottles are harmful to the environment and our fuel industry, so these efforts are a very positive step that is worthy of praise.
Disposable plastic water bottles are very common in the United States, and they have a devastating impact on the environment. America uses around 17 million barrels of oil per year to make these water bottles, which is enough to fuel about 1.3 million cars for a year. That is a staggering amount considering how quickly the world’s oil supply is decreasing. Tens of millions of plastic water bottles end up in landfills each year, as the average American consumes about 167 per year and only recycles about 38. It takes a water bottle about 1000 years to biodegrade.
Several Pacific Coast cities have recently banned plastic grocery bags, but San Francisco is the first to take it to the next level and tackle plastic water bottles. This effort will immensely reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste in our landfills and significantly reduce the use of limited and environmentally harmful fossil fuels.
Please sign the petition below to thank San Francisco for its environmental awareness and steps towards sustainability.
Dear Mayor Lee,
We would like to thank you immensely for your recent decision to ban single-use plastic water bottles. As you know, these bottles have a very negative impact on the environment, and your sustainability efforts are expected to be very beneficial.
America uses about 17 million barrels of oil each year to make water bottles, which is a staggering amount for such a useless object. The average American uses 167 water bottles per year but only recycles about 38, leaving tens of millions of these bottles (which take about 1000 years to biodegrade) in landfills.
Banning plastic water bottles in your city will benefit the environment by reducing the non-biodegradable waste in our landfills and reducing the use of scarce and environmentally harmful fossil fuels. Thank you for these efforts and we encourage you to continue to make further efforts towards sustainability in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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