Force Target to Stop Using Plastic Bags

Target: Target Corporation CEO Gregg W. Steinhafel

Goal: Stop providing plastic bags to customers

Target purchases and provides for their customers millions of plastic bags each year. While it has started to show some effort in aiding the environment through putting recycling bins in its stores, this simply is not enough to combat the massive effect its plastic bags have. Demand Target stop buying and giving plastic bags for its customers to use.

Approximately 380 billion plastic bags are used every year in the United States, rounding out to about 1,200 per resident. For all of these bags, around 12 million barrels of oil are used in their production. On top of this, nearly 46,000 thousand bits of plastic litter each square mile of the ocean; over one million birds and thousands of marine creatures are killed each year as a result of this pollution.

Target has started to combat this issue by placing recycling bins in-store that can accept plastic bags. Plastic is, in theory, recyclable; however, in actuality only an incredibly small percent ever reaches that point. The majority of plastic bags ends up in various landfills, taking over a thousand years to break down. This is unacceptable, and Target needs to start being more proactive in stopping this mass pollution.

Many stores across the globe have stopped using plastic bags; options such as customers bringing their own reusable bags are readily and cheaply available. Target, as a large and leading retailer in the United States, needs to set an example for other stores across the country.

By signing the petition below, you will help urge Target to switch to a more environmentally friendly alternative than plastic bags. We as a nation need to change our habits to help the environment; by acting now, you can take a small step in that direction.


Dear Mr. Steinhafel,

Your organization still buys and distributes plastic bags for your customers, despite the fact that there are many readily available environmentally friendly alternatives. Plastic bags are extremely harmful for the environment, thus this continued practice is inexcusable. Alternate measures must be taken, for the sake of the environment and society at large.

With around 380 billion plastic bags used every year in the United States, totaling 12 million barrels of oil in their production, this issue is extremely important. Nearly 46 thousand bits of plastic litter each square mile of the ocean, with thousands of marine creatures and over one million birds killed each year as a result of this pollution. Although you have started to combat this problem through the placement of recycling bins in your stores, it is simply not enough.

Please take action to find and implement more environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic bags.  As a leading retailer in the United States, you have a responsibility to set an example for other stores and lead the way in new environmental policy.


[Your Name Here]

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