General Support to Ban Plastic Bags in California to Save Sea Turtles

The ocean is polluted by plastic waste from the growing use of disposable plastic items in our modern society. Single-use carryout plastic bags contain toxic chemicals. When they pollute the ocean they are ingested by sea turtles, whales, seabirds and fishes with harmful, and sometimes fatal, consequences.

California Senator Alex Padilla has introduced SB 405 to restrict stores from giving out single-use carryout bags, specifically plastic bags and bags not made of recycled content. This action would effectively reduce the amount of plastic waste in California that could become litter in the ocean.

Pacific leatherback sea turtles are declining towards extinction and rely on clean, plastic-free feeding areas offshore of California for their continued survival. At their current rate of decline, they could be extinct in 20 years. Scientists have determined over 35% of leatherback sea turtles contain ingested plastic. The Pacific leatherback is now California's official marine reptile and was granted over 16,000 square miles of protected critical habitat offshore for feeding on jellyfish.

Take action below, whether you live in California or not, to add your name to this critical effort. Please sign and share this call to action with friends, family, and all your contacts!

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Support for SB 405 to reduce solid waste single-use carryout bags

Dear California Legislature and Honorable Governor Brown,

The undersigned strongly support Senator Alex Padilla's SB 405 to reduce solid waste from single-use carryout bags in California. We support this bill because it will halt the unchecked distribution of single-use plastic bags, encourage increased use of re-useable bags, and increase plastic bag collection and recycling opportunities.

Single-use plastic bags are commonly found littering city streets, creeks and waterways, and polluting the state's beaches. Their abundance makes their presence as litter inevitable, and the fact that plastic does not biodegrade makes them extremely persistent in the environment. Their presence in the environment is extremely detrimental to wildlife because they entangle animals and when ingested accidentally they expose animals to toxic chemicals and cause nutrient dilution or total blockage of the digestive system.

The Pacific Leatherback sea turtle is now California's official marine reptile, and offshore is critical habitat protected for the safety of leatherbacks that feed on jellyfish to survive. Scientists have documented that 35% or more of leatherbacks have plastic or plastic bags inside them - they mistake the litter for food. Plastic pollution is a serious threat to leatherbacks, and many other marine species.

Californians, and the Legislature, have a moral obligation to support protecting the quality of this symbolic sea turtle's offshore feeding area through supporting SB 405 to reduce solid waste plastic bags.

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311 Thu Jan 16 18:52:58 EST 2014 James Kegg Baytown, TX , US
310 Thu Dec 05 09:24:53 EST 2013 Maud van Tol Ridderkerk, NL+11 , NL
309 Wed Oct 30 10:26:57 EDT 2013 The U. family east, PA , US
308 Sat Oct 05 13:26:52 EDT 2013 katarina laszlo Södertälje, ot , SE
307 Thu Sep 19 00:41:49 EDT 2013 Michele Pellman Omaha, NE , US
306 Wed Sep 18 21:44:30 EDT 2013 Irene Huskisson Springdale, AR , US
305 Wed Sep 18 09:18:00 EDT 2013 Miriam Aja Jagakarsa, ot , ID
304 Wed Sep 18 09:10:43 EDT 2013 Miriam Aja Jagakarsa, ot , ID
303 Thu Sep 12 10:42:27 EDT 2013 The U. family east, PA , US
302 Fri Aug 30 13:54:39 EDT 2013 John Sodrel New Albany, IN , US
301 Tue Aug 06 03:01:20 EDT 2013 roxie harrington holmen, WI , US
300 Fri Aug 02 15:51:12 EDT 2013 Martha Milne Fort Myers, FL , US
299 Fri Aug 02 15:50:52 EDT 2013 Martha Milne Fort Myers, FL , US
298 Sun Jul 21 19:05:50 EDT 2013 Audrey Guillemette-Lacasse Québec, QC , CA
297 Thu Jul 18 19:50:02 EDT 2013 Taylor Richardson Colorado Springs, CO , US
296 Wed Jul 17 16:22:20 EDT 2013 Pamela Green Kalamazoo, MI , US
295 Wed Jul 17 15:37:17 EDT 2013 Donna George North Syracuse, NY , US
294 Wed Jul 17 12:14:17 EDT 2013 Rebecca Rens Harrisville, UT , US
293 Wed Jul 10 10:33:16 EDT 2013 Sarah Britt Williamsburg, VA , US
292 Tue Jul 02 01:59:27 EDT 2013 Lene Harries Aalborg SV, ot , DK
291 Tue Jun 25 11:41:07 EDT 2013 Emilie Joyce Tampa, FL , United States
290 Tue Jun 25 11:39:59 EDT 2013 Emilie Joyce Tampa, FL , United States
289 Sun Jun 23 15:51:16 EDT 2013 stan sheggeby madison, WI , US
288 Sun Jun 23 15:50:47 EDT 2013 stan sheggeby madison, WI , US
287 Tue Jun 18 11:37:07 EDT 2013 The U. family east, PA , US
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