Ban Single Use Plastics in Washington State

Target: Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

Goal: Prioritize the environment by banning single-use plastics in Washington State.

Plastic was invented in 1907, around 113 years ago, but it didn’t become widely used until the 1960s. Since then, plastic use has devastated the environment, ending up in our oceans, forests, rivers, and bodies. About 40% of plastics created are single-use plastics. In many ways, plastic is one of the most disastrous human inventions to date.

The United States is slowly becoming aware of the dangers associated with rampant plastic use, and it is time we do something about it. Plastics are a significant health hazard to humans as well as animals. Last year, a whale washed up on shore with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach. The whale was filled with so much plastic that it starved to death. This is becoming a common cause of death for many animals in our waterways, and it will only get worse as time goes on.

Plastic has only been widely used for about 60 years, and yet we find it everywhere. It is estimated that plastic takes about 1000 years to decompose, which means that every bag, straw, water bottle, or a toothbrush that has ever made is still on this planet. Each year about 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean. The plastic detritus that humans leave on this planet is steadily growing, and we have yet to find a way to get rid of it safely.

It is time for Washington State to take a stand against plastic pollution. Washington is well known for its exquisite coastline and diverse marine life. We must protect these delicate ecosystems while we still can. Sign this petition today demanding Governor Jay Inslee take a stand against single-use plastic consumption in Washington State.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Inslee,

Washington State is home to some of the most beautiful coastlines in the country. In the last 60 years, our beaches and waterways have been threatened by the overuse of single-use plastics.

Plastic pollution poses a significant health hazard to both humans and animals alike. Over 8 million tons of plastics find their way into the ocean every year, devastating our marine ecosystems. Of that waste, about 40% of it is single-use plastics. Banning these single-use items would bring about a crucial dent in the amount of pollution coming out of Washington State.

Washington State must take the lead on transitioning away from plastic use. The use of single-use plastics is one of the greatest environmental catastrophes of our time, and it is crucial that we mitigate it in some way. Please use your influence to ban single-use plastics in Washington.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Magda Ehlers




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