Plastic pollution activists in Florida have started a petition targeting the Florida State House and Governor Rick Scott to ban the bag in the Sunshine State. The petition states:
Stop the purchase of single use plastic bags in Florida!
“The No. 1 thing we find on our beaches is plastics,” said Holly Parker, Florida’s regional manager for the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental nonprofit. “There are a lot of plastic bags. … They aren’t biodegradable, they break down into smaller pieces and enter the food chain. They enter us.”
The one time single use of plastic bags is detrimental to our environment, wildlife, ocean and, therefore, ourselves. According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. If we can encourage shoppers to buy reusable bags,we can protect the environment, reduce waste, as well as protect the animals of the ocean. Florida has a very delicate ecosystem that is in danger without our help and cooperation to stop ocean pollution. Florida is a major United States peninsula reaching out into our precious oceans like a giant arm throwing trash daily into our waters, unless we take a stand to Stop Ocean Pollution!
Sign it here.