Sign The Open Letter: Ban Plastic Bags

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Dear Minister,

Environment ministers have been discussing the issue of removing plastic bags from the litter stream and...

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Dear Minister,

Environment ministers have been discussing the issue of removing plastic bags from the litter stream and marine environment for long enough.

Every Australian wants our stunning rivers, oceans and waterways to have a clean and healthy future. Plastic pollution infests waterways, clogging them with plastic bags, packaging and microbeads.  In Australia, the CSIRO Marine Debris Report 2014 estimated there are over 124 billion individual pieces of visible plastic littering the Australian coastline.

The tripartisan 2016 Senate Inquiry into Marine Plastic Pollution urged Australian state and federal governments to ban plastic bags and microbeads as a matter of urgency.

Tasmania, the ACT, the Northern Territory and South Australia have already banned single use plastic bags and can improve their legislation to include 'so-called biodegradable' bags which are just as big a problem in the marine environment as conventional plastic bags.

We are calling on Environment Ministers in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia to catch up and take immediate action by banning single use plastic bags (including so-called biodegradable bags). 

Plastic pollution is lethal. We need strong action now.

 

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In December Environment Ministers are meeting to discuss what to do about plastic bags.

Tasmania, the ACT, The Northern Territory and South Australia have already banned single use plastic bags, and now we've heard from our sources in Government that the other states are deliberating about whether or not to follow their lead. 

We're making sure when they meet in a couple of weeks that the Ministers know there is huge community support for taking action on plastic bags. We've joined with 49 community and environment groups, representing thousands of members, to write an open letter demanding greater action. Add your name to the open letter today to let the ministers know you support a ban on plastic bags.  

There is increasing evidence that even though a small percentage of bags are littered and then broken up into smaller and smaller pieces – they have a devastating impact on the environment. This includes so called ‘biodegradable’ bags, which are just as dangerous in the marine environment.

With the CSIRO Marine Debris Report 2014 estimating there are over 124 billion individual pieces of visible plastic littering the Australian coastline – and a large legacy of plastic from previous years becoming microplastic – action needs to be taken on multiple fronts.

Plastic pollution is a major threat to wildlife. Globally it is estimated that 1 million sea birds and over 100,000 mammals die every year as a result of plastic ingestion or entanglement. Of great concern are the secondary microplastics derived from broken up bags and bottles.

We estimate that some 180 million bags enter the Australian environment every year.

Read the full letter and our policy recommendations here

Thanks to our partners who joined the open letter. 


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  • signed 2016-09-03 16:35:53 +1000
  • @priscillad tweeted link to this page. 2016-08-15 20:56:03 +1000
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags. http://www.boomerangalliance.org.au/banplasticbags?recruiter_id=47841
  • signed via 2016-08-15 20:53:31 +1000
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-15 17:20:51 +1000
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • @caldenhoven tweeted link to this page. 2016-08-15 17:20:45 +1000
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags. http://www.boomerangalliance.org.au/banplasticbags?recruiter_id=47839
  • signed 2016-08-15 17:20:00 +1000
    Plastics contain too many toxins that find their way up the food chain. We are poisoning ourselves.
  • signed 2016-08-15 11:00:56 +1000
    Why continue to watch plastic destroy or marine ecology, just take action now and ban single use plastic bags. The ban is working in so many other countries and our own neighbouring states. All the work has been done for you, you just need to make it happen.
  • signed 2016-07-31 19:46:16 +1000
  • signed 2016-07-27 22:48:24 +1000
  • signed 2016-07-27 22:10:55 +1000
    Ban the bag!
  • signed 2016-07-15 12:47:10 +1000
  • signed 2016-07-01 15:43:49 +1000
  • signed 2016-07-01 13:57:56 +1000
  • signed 2016-06-22 14:38:12 +1000
    I support a ban on plastic bags!
  • signed via 2016-05-23 08:01:34 +1000
  • signed 2016-05-22 21:49:31 +1000
    Olga Paras
  • signed 2016-05-19 13:43:16 +1000
  • signed via 2016-05-18 18:38:43 +1000
  • signed via 2016-05-17 20:47:46 +1000
    The old brown paper bags were far more environmentally friendly than plastic bags which now choke the oceans & kill wildlife.

    Let’s introduce biodegradable brown paper bags made from recycled materials.
  • signed via 2016-05-17 18:23:10 +1000
  • signed via 2016-05-17 17:28:51 +1000
  • signed 2016-05-17 15:39:37 +1000
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-17 09:46:45 +1000
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • @susiecrick tweeted link to this page. 2016-05-17 09:46:37 +1000
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags. http://www.boomerangalliance.org.au/banplasticbags?recruiter_id=738
  • signed 2016-05-17 09:41:54 +1000
  • signed 2016-04-27 11:05:51 +1000
    Plastic bags are redundant! There are better options!
  • signed 2016-03-19 21:08:16 +1100
  • signed 2016-03-19 14:17:41 +1100
    Come on Australia- we all know better! Let’s make a difference to our beautiful country
  • signed 2016-03-11 22:03:57 +1100
  • signed 2016-03-09 11:32:26 +1100
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE


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