The Plastic Bag Epidemic
The average single use plastic bag is used only 12 minutes and then discarded. Then it remains on earth forever.
Please sign and share this petition to Target to Stop Filling the World with Plastic Bags!
We estimate that Target hands out approximately a billion single use plastic bags per year. These billion bags never leave the earth. They eventually break down into microplastics that choke our oceans and land.
Target says it is committed to being sustainable and we believe Target wants to lead. Target must take this step and eliminate plastic bags from its checkout counters.
Why People Like You are Signing
“Enough plastic in the ocean already! I've changed many of my purchasing decisions based on the use of plastic and plastic bags, and am worried that I'll forever have to leave Target.” -V.H.
“There is no Planet B. We need to start changing and we can start with unnecessary plastic bags.” -B.A.
“I just gave birth to my second baby, and I don’t want them to grow up in a world destroyed by plastic.” -M.R.
“Yes this would be so huge!! Please Target! Be a leader!” -E.G.
“Stop using plastic bags. Costco doesn't use any. You can do the same. We have a plastic crisis on this planet. We need you to stop this now!” -C.S.
“I love shopping at Target because it’s an innovator in so many ways, but it’s past time to do the right thing for the environment and get rid of plastic bags.” -J.B.
I Have Signed the Petition. What Else Can I Do?
- Share the petition with your friends and community groups by text, email, Facebook, Twitter, or WhatsApp.
- If you know of an organization that might share this petition, please reach out to it. Please update us at firstname.lastname@example.org if an organization shares the petition so we can thank it and you.
- Post the petition on nextdoor.com and other local discussion boards.
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and stay connected.
- Bring your reusable bags to the store on every visit and use the same bags until they no longer function.
- Ask your local retailers to stop providing single use bags.
- We could make a huge difference if we refused the following single use plastics: single use plastic bags at checkout, plastic beverage bottles, plastic straws, plastic take-away food containers, plastic produce bags, plastic coffee cup lids, plastic cutlery, and plastic party cups. Talk to your local retailers about these items as well.
- Vote for leaders who are ready to take action to combat human contribution to climate change and plastic pollution.
Customers Who Care is an independent organization of people working to inspire retailers to stop contributing to plastic pollution and to pursue a green and sustainable future.
Founder: Theresa Carter
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Why plastic bags?
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the average plastic bag is used for only 12 minutes, but takes approximately 500 years to break down. Even then, plastic bags aren’t broken down completely, but rather photo-degrade into microplastics that choke our oceans and pollute the earth. Further, the entire life cycle of plastic bags involves a large carbon footprint.
Why aren’t biodegradable or paper solutions the answer?
According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, “biodegradable” plastics need specific conditions for biodegrading (often including highly elevated temperatures and specific holding times) and are rarely sent to a destination handling them for that purpose. In a landfill, biodegradable plastics do not biodegrade properly. Instead, they produce methane as they decay, a greenhouse gas much more potent than carbon.
The carbon footprint of paper bags is even bigger than plastic bags. Paper production uses trees that could instead be absorbing carbon dioxide, releases more greenhouse gases, takes 3 times the amount of water, and results in 50 times more water pollutants. Paper bags do not breakdown faster in a landfill and take more space.
Why isn’t recycling enough?
Waste Management estimates that less than 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling in the United States. Even then, plastic bags have a large carbon footprint to recycle.