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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  • Christine Johnson
    signed 2015-12-10 20:08:03 +1100
    I vote, and my vote counts. Please do the right thing; this is what your voters want. Ban all plastic bags.
  • Leanne Lothian
    signed 2015-12-10 19:50:47 +1100
  • Plastic Bag Free Livingstone
    signed 2015-12-10 19:42:08 +1100
    Plastic bag free Australia
  • Colleen Hope
    signed 2015-12-10 19:31:40 +1100
  • Jo Stoyel
    signed 2015-12-10 19:14:30 +1100
    I am the coordinator of PLASTIC BAG FREE LIVINGSTONE THIS area and Qld in general support a CDS scheme and the banning of single use plastic bags NOW
  • Helen Welch
    signed 2015-12-10 18:41:50 +1100
  • Lynne Van der Sant
    signed 2015-12-10 17:51:18 +1100
    Please get rid of single use plastic bags from retail outlets; we don’t need them and the environment says, “You can have them back!”
  • Helen O'Cobhthaigh
    signed 2015-12-10 15:08:34 +1100
  • Laura Lamond
    signed 2015-12-10 14:59:19 +1100
  • Michael Beasley
    signed 2015-12-10 14:53:32 +1100
  • Jenn B
    signed 2015-12-10 14:25:13 +1100
  • Erin Rhoads
    signed 2015-12-10 14:20:24 +1100
  • Marilyn Olliff
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-10 14:10:53 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • Marilyn Olliff
    signed 2015-12-10 14:10:20 +1100
  • Jeni Martin
    signed 2015-12-10 14:09:33 +1100
    We all know the shocking damage these bags do, just ban them…no excuses!!
  • Frances Day
    signed 2015-12-10 13:07:48 +1100
    Please support the environment.
  • Greg Banks
    signed 2015-12-10 12:24:06 +1100
  • Fiona Zagar
    signed 2015-12-10 12:17:54 +1100
  • Justin Bonsey
    signed 2015-12-10 12:12:05 +1100
  • David Speller
    signed 2015-12-10 11:57:57 +1100
    Plastics are becoming a significant marine pollution issue that we really must address now. Banning single use plastic bags is one step we can take toward becoming a more sustainable society – please act now


    Kind regards


    David Speller
  • Karen Cowan
    signed 2015-12-10 11:22:11 +1100
    Please do the right thing for our environment and wildlife.We have needed action for years.When I go walking along a beach,road,bush trail or where ever I usually carry a bag to pick up litter and most of it is plastic of some description.
  • Kate Hopkins
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-10 10:23:46 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • Kathryn Hopkins
    signed 2015-12-10 10:20:01 +1100
    Please put a nationwide ban on plastic bags. They kill our birdlife and marine life, and the plastics degrade and get into the food chain.


    Simply going along with business as usual, and encouraging consumer responsibility will not solve the problem. Personally, I try my best not to use plastic bags, but they’re too convenient and ubiquitous, and it’s difficult to say no sometimes.


    I know I am not alone.


    However, I also know that I can live life without plastic bags – especially if it means a better outcome for our precious marine life.


    Australia has always been a world leader in litter reduction – let’s keep it that way! Ban single use plastic bags now.
  • Harry Brown
    signed 2015-12-10 09:59:00 +1100
  • Nicole McCasker
    signed 2015-12-10 09:52:49 +1100
  • Sjirk Bangma
    signed 2015-12-10 09:49:48 +1100
    Back to basics in order to protect our precious environment. Back to the way my parents used to shop. No excuse for single use. Let’s make our lives way less plastic.
  • Celia Bolton
    signed 2015-12-10 09:16:50 +1100
    This is not a lot to ask!

    Sea salt has plastic in it now
  • Clabon Allen
    signed 2015-12-10 08:55:22 +1100
  • Ingerid Meagher
    signed 2015-12-10 07:20:24 +1100
  • Paige Grant
    signed via 2015-12-10 04:00:09 +1100