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John Durkan - Head of Coles

I would like you to stop providing plastic bags in your supermarket so that customers must bring their own reusable bags. The plastic bags we are using are getting into the ocean and marine animals can mistake them causing slow and painful death. The $500 million cost for the government to clean up the 30-50 million plastic bags is a huge expense. This plastic is having an effect on humans due to the food we eat because we eat fish and other animals that are being poisoned. Diseases such as cancer, lupus, immune diseases, allergies, and asthma are a consequence of plastic poisoning.

Plastic is destroying the land, ocean and human health. Plastic bags are made out of high density polyethylene derived from petrochemical sources. Plastic bags are devastating for marine life which mistakes them for food because they look a lot like a jellyfish. This pollution is a huge expense for taxpayers and local governments who must clean this trash off beaches and streets to protect public health, prevent flooding from trash-blocked storm drains, and avoid lost tourism revenue from filthy beaches. The effect that plastic waste is having on humans when the animals eat the plastic and we eat the animals is that the plastic is getting into our body and causing diseases. In fact, not only do the toxins in plastic affect the ocean, but they act like sponges, they also soak up other toxins from outside sources before entering the ocean.

The biggest problem with plastic bags is that they do not readily break down in the environment, with estimates for the time it takes them to decompose ranging from 20 to 1000 years. If you were to get rid of all plastic bags and got reusable bags, plastic pollution wouldn't drop 25%. A lot of the pollution is caused by the plastic bags that are taken from your company. Plastic bags have been around for 30 years now. There are 10 million new bags being used every day. This issue should be a priority because the plastic bags that are being taken by customers are killing the animals in the ocean and on land which is killing us because the amount of plastic bags there are in the waste, it would help the environment and reduce the effect on animals, the environment and our health.

Yours sincerely,
Mitchell Tripp

Signed,

Mitchell Tripp

This petition closed almost 3 years ago

How this will help

bags in stores, is an important issue that needs to be stopped. It is an important issue because it is slowly killing all the animals and our ocean. The person I am petitioning is in a position...

bags in stores, is an important issue that needs to be stopped. It is an important issue because it is slowly killing all the animals and our ocean. The person I am petitioning is in a position to take the plastic bags out of the shopping centres. Names on a petition will influence the person petitioned because it will help realise that heaps of people want plastic bags taken out for reusable bags.

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