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The World Wide Petition to BAN the Plastic Bag is Launched today and be found at The Greenhouse Neutral Foundation web site at Sign and make a global stand


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Gayla S (50)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 12:06 am
I heard on CNN probably, that Target will no longer be providing either plastic or paper. Sounds like a great deal to me. Sadly, this is an excellent article.

laurel w (207)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 4:47 am
Thank you for taking this on Bob.

If you have not contacted them, please bring these organizations on board.

Ocean Conservancy
Surfrider Foundation
Sea Shepherd
Reef Protection International
The Nature Conservancy
All of them are concerned and working to end destruction of the ocean life and are already on your side.

If you contact their media centers you can make this happen quickly! If you are lacking time I may be able to help and have others make calls. We can get them to feature this idea on the main page of their sites and send out to their lists. We should also contact Al Gore as well as President Obama.

We need a US Petition to go to the Congress and President. Anyone who can write one? It will help. It will be easier to handle this on the larger scale vs. individual states I think.

The Green Jobs Now Campaign was successful and 4000 activists (I being one of them) got a response from Obama in 48 hours, resounding yes. So my thought is we can use a similar angle. Green jobs now combined 3 organizations into 1 to pitch the petition and then activists went on the same day with a united voice to the Congressional Offices. Work on forming alliances to do the same things, united voice and then engage the activists to meet with their officials world-wide, same day and present the petition or at least the idea as 1 voice.

Bob I will help you with this as much as I can. I'm reallly busy, however this is such a worthy cause.

It will take finding the central activists in each country who are alreay working on the ban. SanFransico has some spitfire activists.
This link will give you some names and they may be able to give you a key person.

I would bring their key person on board to help you. I'll begin by getting this out to my list and into my groups. We need to make this a FRONT PAGE STORY!

We will be in touch.
Cceans of thanks to you.


laurel w (207)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 4:58 am
Just thought of a few more...

I'll get a list of countries that have already started banning them. This will give momentum to the movement and it is a foundation to work from the more countries you get on board, teh more will come on board.

Also we can engage POWERVOTE. Let's get their key person involved. They focus on climate, however, they may be willing to tap their network to help. They can get this out to tens of thousands overnight and they have tremendous energy and resources through the universities. Their media page is currently down, but this is the URL
Even if just to sign a petition or put you in touch with leaders who can take this on.
They are your answer to tapping the US Colleges and Universiteis network.

LiveEarth may be willing to host this event on their site.
If you get this group on board you have instant access to celebrities world-wide who and a HUGE network.

Going to bed now. It is 5 am. ahah


laurel w (207)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 9:51 pm
1st and 2nd world countries can effectively ban plastic bags and afford reusable bags.
However, 3rd, 4th and 5th world countries will need help to do a ban.

1.2 billion people earn less than $1 a day and cannot afford any resusable bags. These countries are also burdened with having to do a switch to renewable energy within 11 years due to peak oil and that will be consuming their money in addition to just trying to feed their poor.

As countries make this switch from plastic it may be a temptation to resort back to paper that may or may not be 100% recyled and then we are in a situation where we are creating more environmental destruction to forests and more carbon emissions, however it will help save ocean life in the short term. Switching back to paper will add more carbon and will acidify the ocean. So this kind of switch has to be overseen by governments and environmental organizations.

Paper bags contribute 3.3 times more
greenhouse gas emissions than plastic bags so this switch must be based on REUSABLE BAGS OR WE SHOULD NOT SWITCH AT ALL.

Marieemma T (227)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 11:03 pm

Jim P (3247)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 12:09 am
Petition signed and e-mail address confirmed.

I use cloth bags when I do grocery shopping.

TY, Laurel.


Pamylle G (458)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 3:01 am
This is what MUST happen, for people won't stop otherwise.

Joanna D (216)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 3:52 am
TY Laurel and Bob

Maria S (338)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 6:34 am
Thanks, Bob and Laurel!Petition signed and crossposted!

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 6:43 am
I wish plastic bags in South Africa will stop too because our people dont know what a dustbin is. It is the South African national flower if you ask me.

Valerie H (133)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 8:46 am
Thank you Bob, VERY gladly signed petition!

Ester Hellen (213)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 12:02 pm
Thank you Bob and James for the forward signed! and crosspost on twitter!!
Like an old wise lady said the last time I went to the store "when you go to do some shopping you have to bring your own shoppingbag" in a reply to the woman an the pay desk if she needed a plastic back to go with it

Ester Hellen (213)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 12:04 pm
o and we started a new recycling project here for plastic,it makes all aware of how much plastic there is everywhere..

Maggie Amaya (201)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 3:41 pm
I've been using cloth bags for over a year now. I must admit, though, that every now and then, we will get the plastic bags, but we re-use them. I hope the use of plastics reduces (and ends) very soon!

Eric Straatsma (3802)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 5:07 pm
When they searched for the crashed airlines jet coming from Fuji Islands, they thought they found it due to 'debris' in the ocean.

Actually, what they found was all of the garbage coming from ships and shore, floating in huge mass of water.. There was so much of it, they could tell where the plane had crashed and left debris, and where there was just general garbage floating around.

Oilt, chemical, toxic slicks are also common in the ocean, coming mainly from ships where toxic oily chemical stuff is dumped, because the ocean is free, versus doing it right, because that costs lots of money.

Plastic bags make up a large part of the toxic ooze that floats in the Pacific and other gyres, where this stuff accumulates and concentrates.. Over 85% of the solid matter in these areas is now plastic, which is ingested by fish, birds and other ocean life. It kills.. it is not just harmless stuff floating around out there.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 8:58 pm
Wish all the best for this. Thanks for the news.

greenplanet e (155)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 9:00 pm
"society's consumption rate is now estimated at well over 500,000,000,000 (that's 500 billion) plastic bags annually, or almost 1 million per minute."
Whoa, that's way too many plastic bags clogging up the planet. It's terrible that plastic bags kill marine and other wildlife.

It's also quite weird to think that the remains of dinosaurs are being made into plastic (and burnt as fossil fuels) - somehow I think the dinosaurs deserve better!

Monday June 8, 2009, 5:13 am
Noted. Signed and will forward to my friends list. TY Bob, never give up.

Elena P (549)
Monday June 8, 2009, 5:18 am
Noted and gladly signed. waiting for the e-mail to confirm my signature!
Thank you Bob and Laurel.

Joycey B (750)
Monday June 8, 2009, 5:47 am
I only use cloth bags for shopping . Have for a long time now. They are so much better. Already signed. Thanks Bob and thanks for sending Jocelyn.

Sorry you have already signed this petition

. (0)
Monday June 8, 2009, 6:04 am
Noted, petition signed and signature confirmed.

Thank you for the post, Bob and thank you Lyn for sending this to me.

Jim P (3247)
Monday June 8, 2009, 9:54 am
Plastic bags and the effects of plastic in general:

Hard to believe that there are two floating plastic garbage islands in the Pacific Ocean.
One is larger than the state of Texas.

Here is a link to fully understand the two Islands with videos. LINK:

We must all do our share to prevent adding more plastic to the two islands and in the Oceans, Lakes.

TY, Bob.


. (0)
Monday June 8, 2009, 10:32 am
TY Jocelyn for forwarding, and Bob-just got my signature confirmation.
I used to get funny looks when I brought my own bags...glad to see we ARE evolving-hope it's not too late...

Suri S (39)
Monday June 8, 2009, 2:41 pm
PLASTIC.... the CURSE of our times!!
If this madness doesn`t stop we`ll have to rename planet earth `d be something like Planet Trash or Planet Rubish..
We really need to stop this, we must change our consumption habits but we also need to do something about our economic system which is based on growth by consumption.... . And let`s not forget industry , all modern , big industries( Fashion , tech , cars ..etc ) base their production on the "planned obsolecence" principle which means they sell us low quality , short lasting stuff so that we have to buy more and more often . This means more pollution and since plastic is the most common material , this means plastic pollution ....everywhere .


Past Member (0)
Monday June 8, 2009, 3:48 pm
Just think how much oil we would save in just getting rid of plastic bags! Let's just get rid of the plastic bags, especially since we cannot trust that people will properly dispose of old bags and they end up in the waters and the oceans where they endanger the animals there.

Simone Duffin (1462)
Monday June 8, 2009, 6:33 pm
Thank you Bob.

. (0)
Monday June 8, 2009, 7:21 pm
Done it is signed. What did we do before plastic bags? Got to get back to reality for the land and Oceans. Thanks Sis for the foward Thanks Bob.

Janet G (108)
Monday June 8, 2009, 7:54 pm
Petition signed. This is just awful!

Tierney G (381)
Monday June 8, 2009, 8:05 pm
Signed the petition. I always have recycled all my plastic bags, bottles, wrappers, etc. ,but don't mind using the reusable bags I just have to remember to bring them with me!

Jeff D (80)
Monday June 8, 2009, 10:42 pm
Bob thank you sincerely for pushing this concern.
Humankind have a great deal to learn of the impacts regarding the infamous plastic polluting shopping bags. Many may not be aware plastic is actually a byproduct of oil resulting from the cracking process of refining the oil. I became further excited when I learnt that these bags can be used to make T-shirts too.

If I happen to forget the resuable bags, I will use cardboard boxes if I can, otherwise use the least amount of plastic bags, then take the bags back to the store to be recycled.

Thank You again Bob....Signed the Petition: ..I am # 309 Jeff Donovan 2009-06-09 00:22:36

Gemma H (48)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 1:10 am
I use the old granny trolley (bought 2nd hand) for local supermarket shopping, & always carry cloth bags if shopping elsewhere. A small town, Coles Bay in Tasmania has banned the futile damaging bag, & also the whole of South Australia has done the same, plus Modbury in the UK - see copy of article below ...
Maybe supermarkets & all shops should place the turtle photo depicted on the petition site at their checkouts.

How Coles Bay Became Plastic Bag Free

As one of Tasmania’s most popular tourist destinations, Coles Bay has over 100,000 visitors a year. Back in 2002, Ben Kearney the town’s baker, called Jon Dee asking for advice on how he could reduce his shop’s usage of plastic bags. Jon suggested that Ben should try and get his shop and all of the other Coles Bay retailers to ban plastic bags at the check-out.

As a result, just after Anzac Day in 2003, Coles Bay became Australia’s first plastic bag free town. The response from the public and media both here and overseas was incredibly positive. The outlets who banned the bags included two supermarkets, one of which was an IAG outlet.

Since the ban was implemented, this small Tasmanian town has stopped the use of over 1.75 million plastic bags. That’s 1.75 million less plastic bags ending up in our landfills and environment. In one simple move, they showed that Australian communities could easily make the switch to living without plastic check-out bags. The retailers also benefited because they no longer had to buy plastic bags.

As alternatives to plastic check-out bags, the town’s retailers offered a strong Australian-made paper bag, as well as a reusable bag.

For the last 5 years, the people of Coles Bay and all of their visitors have got into the habit of bringing their own bag every time they shop. Knowing that free plastic bags are not available has made the habit a lot easier to get into. If they do forget their bag, then the cheaper paper bag is available.

Since Coles Bay banned plastic check-out bags, other towns and communities have used them as a role model and followed suit. Even Modbury, which is based in England, used Coles Bay as their role model when they banned plastic check-out bags. Jon and Ben advised Modbury’s Rebecca Hosking on how she could get her town to go plastic bag free. Their success in doing so generated a massive amount of coverage in the UK media about banning plastic bags.

As a result, many UK towns and communities are now following Modbury’s example. Better still, the whole of South Australia will now be doing a Coles Bay. What’s wonderful is how it all started with one phone call and a small Tasmanian town that wanted to make a difference.

Trudi Reijnders (242)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 1:13 am
Thank you so much Bob and Lyn for sending it to me.
Petition Results
There are 321 Total Records

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 4:52 am
Noted, signed and will cross post with thanks Bob and everyone who shared this important petition with me.

chris b (2474)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 8:04 am
Buy it chuck it away. Unfortunately we use the ocean as giant rubbish tip. Sadly we forget the creatures who live their and it's their home. Might be different if we tossed our rubbish over the neighbours fence they might throw it back or worse! I use the bags that they do in supermarkets etc specially to be used again and again. It's good to note many stores only give a plastic bag if you ask and some have gone over to recycled paper bags and some don't use them anymore.

Polly p (82)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 9:24 am
noted and signed waiting for e-mail to confirm.since i gave up my little car last year ive been taking a granny trolley shopping.i made several cotton bags to put in it and use them to replace the plastic bags otherwise given on the market stalls,where i buy my veggies and fruit.the only thing is i now have to buy those little platic bags to use for the dog poo.any ideas?

Lil Judd (70)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 11:01 am
I have been using my own beach bags for years. If I forget one, then I often just buy one of the store's own reusable bags. I do occasionally still unfortunately end up with a bag now & then. They're all promptly reused in this household over & over again in order to reduce their impact in the environment.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 11:14 am
Noted and signed I got # 363 - I have been off plastic bags for almost a year and I feel great. Thanks Joan for spreading the message and Bob for taking a stand on this important issue, against this massive waste of resources and source of dangerous and persistent pollution. Question... who will be the recipients of this petition? It almost seems more like a pledge to me, whatever it is, I'm ready to say good-bye to the plastic shopping bag.

In Calgary an alderman (John Mar) tried to ban the bag but his clumsy tax and fine bag initiative got shot down on technicalities and pressure from the bag pushers. On the plus side curbside recycling is being rolled out for all Calgarians. Anything that takes these dreadful things out of the landfills and waterways is a win.

local news clip:

Kari D (192)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 11:55 am
Your Petition Signature was received on Tuesday, June 09 at 1:53:53 PM

Darlene K (356)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 4:06 pm
Action definitely taken, and confirmed, thank you.

stephanie v (85)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 4:31 pm
Thank you Bob! Noted and signed. I've been using reusables for several years now and I was only one of a few and like others have mentioned I would get a few weird looks. Those days are ending...more and more people are FINALLY begining to go.... "bring your own!" Have crossposted on FB.

Leigh B (211)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 10:14 pm
Signed #420, thanks Joan and Bob

Chrissy N (118)
Wednesday June 10, 2009, 3:26 am
Your Petition Signature was received on Wednesday, June 10 at 5:25:08 AM and awaiting email confirmation.

Thanks Lyn for forwarding ... Go Coles bay and South Australia

Elaine R (132)
Wednesday June 10, 2009, 3:59 am

Christine vaudrin rios (376)
Wednesday June 10, 2009, 7:13 am

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Wednesday June 10, 2009, 8:44 am
noted and signed!
Melinda E.

Mandi T (367)
Wednesday June 10, 2009, 10:54 am
I tried to sign again ;-
Sorry you have already signed this petition.
Tx Melinda and Bob

. (0)
Wednesday June 10, 2009, 11:01 am
Excellent.Will sign and crosspost
*For the Oceans*

. (0)
Wednesday June 10, 2009, 11:21 am
Your Petition Signature was received on Wednesday, June 10 at 1:19:33 PM
Claudia , by law, for your electronic signature to count, we have to verify that you really signed and that someone did not use your email address frauduently
We have sent you an email, please click on the link in the email to verify your signature. Thank you

Sheila G (267)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 2:55 am
action confirmed, ty Bob
I remember reading somewhere about a store charging people and extra twenty five cents per bag. can't remember where..

Monica D (580)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 10:06 pm
I think the idea for a ban on plastic bags is great. I think they might get signatures faster if it was a petition for an international ban, without the attached pledge.

Phyllis P (232)
Friday June 12, 2009, 6:26 am
These things are deadly to our environment and our animal/fish planet. Thanks for the story.

Sandra M Z (114)
Friday June 12, 2009, 8:34 pm
Grow hemp worldwide and make shopping bags of a free weed.

Signed, noted, thank you, Bob.

Linda M (1715)
Saturday June 20, 2009, 8:03 pm
Signed, Kudos for all you do. ^^
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