It’s no secret that I am not a fan of single use plastic bags (Check out this series about the majestic plastic bag from last summer) and I support any campaign requesting city officials to review a ban on plastic bag. This is especially true when the city of focus is Philadelphia, PA. I might be more of DCist lately, but my heart and soul are from Philly (Go Phils!). My parents are from the area and I still have plenty of family that I do not see enough in the area, not to mention I was raised in south Jersey. The way I always differentiate south and north Jersey for people that wonder why I make such a distinction is that when you say ‘the city’ in south Jersey you are referring to Philly and if you say ‘the city’ in north Jersey you are referring to NYC.
In any event, I actively volunteered with DC Surfrider as they worked vigorously to pass the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act of 2009 which set up a 5 cent cost for all single use plastic bags and know that this type of change in a city has an impact on local streets, sidewalks, and waterways. The goal here is simple, if you live in or care about the beautification of Philadelphia, please sign this petition to bring attention to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, therefore initiating a vote in City Council. For more information please visit Green Philly Blog.
- Each year, Americans use approximately 100 BILLION plastic bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste
- An Average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags per year…
- Totalling an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags consumed worldwide (per 365 days).
- That’s over 1 million plastic bags used per minute
- So many plastic bags have gone into our ocean that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, formed which has ballooned to 2 X’s the size of the Continental US.
- Plastic bags are made from oil, accounting for 4% of oil production around the globe.
- Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down.
- …so even when an animal dies and decays after ingesting a bag, the plastic re-enters the environment, continuing to threaten wildlife.
Los Angeles has officially banned plastic bags, joining cities Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Toronto & many more. Philadelphia voted and rejected a plastic bag ban in June 2009. We need to bring the ban back to our city of brotherly love.