Vote in our poll on this issue at the right.
Single-use plastic bags represent one of the greatest environmental
catastrophes of our generation. It is estimated that 60-80% of all
debris in the ocean is land-based plastic. Plastics take hundreds of
years to break down at sea and most types never truly biodegrade.
Plastic bags are so aerodynamic that even when properly disposed of,
they can still blow away and become litter. They easily escape from
garbage trucks, landfills, boats, and often average consumers' hands.
Not only a visible eyesore, plastic bags are dangerous to wildlife.
They are often mistaken for food by marine mammals and seabirds. The
United Nations estimates that plastic bags kill 1 billion animals per
year. These animals suffer a painful death as the plastic wraps around
their intestines or they choke to death.
I urge you to support the Plastic Bag Ban, S.353/H.1990. This important
bill would ban the distribution of plastic checkout bags in larger
Laws of this type have been enacted around the world and on every
continent, including Nantucket (over 20 years ago, the first in the
United States), San Francisco, Westport, Connecticut, Edmonds,
Washington, Los Angeles County, CA, Brownsville, Texas; Bethel, Alaska,
North Carolina's Outerbanks Region, Portland, Oregon; Seattle,
Washington, San Jose, California, 30 rural villages in Alaska, and many
cities throughout Canada. Countries that have banned or restricted
them include: China, Israel, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Hong Kong,
Taiwan, Singapore, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Thailand,
several states in India, three states and territories of Australia,
Paris, Mexico City, Rajasthan (India), Sikkim (India), Taiwan,
Singapore, Bangladesh, Malawi, Germany, Sweden, Paris, Mexico City, and
three states/territories of Australia.