Following suit with many other municipalities and some states across the country, a movement has begun in the city of Beaufort to ban plastic shopping bags from use.
A petition appeared on Wednesday evening and is being circulated online through Change.org to ask Beaufort City Council to consider banning the use of the plastic grocery store bags due to the wastefulness and the dramatic effect they have on our environment, particularly to our local sea turtles and others that live in our rivers, creeks and our ocean.
The petition cites that the average consumer uses 500 bags a year, about 80 percent plastic. In a landfill, these single-use bags will take up to 1,000 years to degrade. According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags.
Plastic bags tend to disrupt the environment in a serious way. They get into soil and slowly release toxic chemicals. They make their way into oceans, rivers, and water ways. They eventually break down into the soil, with the unfortunate consequence being that animals eat them and often choke and die.
The petition stages that “It’s time for change! Tell Beaufort City Councilmen we are ready to do better and protect our water ways and nature by signing this petition.” It’s addressed to Mayor Billy Keyserling and City Council; Philip E. Cromer, Steven D. Murray III, Mike McFee and Nan B. Sutton