No Plastic Bags in Washington
Reusable, not plastic.
Plastic bags are trash. They are made from nonrenewable oil and gas, clog recycling, become litter and end up in the ocean, absorbing chemicals and harming marine life. We don’t need them.
We’re joining with a state-wide coalition to eliminate plastic shopping bags in Washington. Join us.
Why a reusable bag bill?
Come on, Washington.
Already, 27 Washington counties or cities have a reusable bag ordinance. Sixty countries around the world have plastic bag fees or bans. Kroger is phasing them out. It’s time for our state to join the movement! We’re partnering with a coalition of groups from environmental to retail to the food industry to call on our legislators to pass a reusable bag bill (HB1205/SB5323) this legislative session. They include Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Surfrider Foundation and Zero Waste Washington.
There would be:
- No more thin “t-shirt” plastic bags at grocery stores and retailers.
- A 10c charge for paper bags and thick reusable bags. Retailers keep that charge.
- Produce, newspaper, medication, dry cleaning and some other bags are exempt.
- All WIC/EBT/TANF participants are fee-exempt.
- Compostable bags are tinted green or brown. Others are not. No more confusion!
Join us! Here’s how to tell your representative how you feel about reducing plastic for our planet.
Step 1: Look up your state senator and representatives (link below).
Sept 2: Email or write them your thoughts. (Need help? Scroll to copy our sample letter.)
Step 3: Join our conservation action email list to find out more!
Dear Senator or Representative (insert name),
I’m one of your constituents, and I’m writing to share my concerns about the threat that plastic bags pose to our marine environment. On average, Americans use 500 plastic bags each year. Besides being made of non-renewable resources, many of them end up as litter and make their way into the ocean. Here, they may entangle or be eaten by ocean animals, including the seafood that we consume. Nothing we use for just a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our oceans and threaten wildlife.
I ask you to support HB1205/SB5323 to eliminate the use of thin plastic bags by retailers in Washington. It’s time to unite the 27 different local ordinances into one simple, state-wide law to protect our oceans.