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, 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 July 2017 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 Queensland is introducing a ban in July 2018.

We're making sure when they meet that the NSW, Victorian and WA 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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  • Victoria Warne
    signed 2015-12-11 12:38:00 +1100
    If not banned completely they would have to be 100% biodegradable
  • Petra Lansdell
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 12:37:12 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • Petra Lansdell
    signed 2015-12-11 12:36:44 +1100
  • Bob Crowe
    signed 2015-12-11 12:34:47 +1100
    Paper bags of recycled paper and cardboard will be better for the environment.
  • Annette McKenna
    signed 2015-12-11 12:33:49 +1100
  • Jeremy Peachey
    signed 2015-12-11 12:33:47 +1100
  • Lyn Hulme
    signed 2015-12-11 12:33:40 +1100
  • Stephanie Schoeppe
    signed via 2015-12-11 12:33:17 +1100
    Single use plastic bags are simply not needed. They should never have been introduced in the first place. There are heaps of cotton bags available and many of them are freely available. Only a ban of plastic bags will actually make a difference in changing the plastic consumption of millions of Australians. There is no excuse for keeping single use plastic bags in the market.
  • Andrea Glazier
    signed 2015-12-11 12:29:59 +1100
  • Ian Barralet
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 12:29:18 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • Ross Feller
    signed 2015-12-11 12:28:58 +1100
  • Williams Joanne
    signed 2015-12-11 12:28:58 +1100
  • Ian Barralet
    signed 2015-12-11 12:27:55 +1100
    There are ways to enable people to shop without this wasteful unnecessary pollution, that have been available for many years. And very easy to promote, with a positive message.
  • Jennifer Page
    signed 2015-12-11 12:27:13 +1100
  • Natalie Cooper
    signed 2015-12-11 12:27:07 +1100
  • Jo Errey
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 12:26:29 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • Christine Barker
    signed 2015-12-11 12:25:52 +1100
  • Helen Stevens
    signed 2015-12-11 12:25:52 +1100
    Well overdue step – South Africa banned plastic bags years ago.
  • Jo Errey
    signed 2015-12-11 12:25:34 +1100
  • John Warren
    signed 2015-12-11 12:25:18 +1100
  • Gabrielle Ryan
    signed 2015-12-11 12:25:13 +1100
    If tassie and SA can do it – so can the rest if the country!
  • penny McCulloch
    signed via 2015-12-11 12:25:04 +1100
  • Peter Lisle
    signed 2015-12-11 12:24:47 +1100
    Come on, you know this is a worthwhile and very necessary change
  • Roy Sonnenburg
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 12:24:13 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • James Holmes
    signed 2015-12-11 12:23:58 +1100
    Plastic bottles also need to have a deposit system for return rather than one way rubbish.
  • Roy Sonnenburg
    signed 2015-12-11 12:23:56 +1100
  • Brad Suosaari
    signed 2015-12-11 12:21:58 +1100
  • Russell Ashley
    signed 2015-12-11 12:21:14 +1100
  • Alia Swift
    signed 2015-12-11 12:21:14 +1100
  • Robert Woodley
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 12:20:30 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.