BENEFITING: ALLIANCE FOR THE GEORGIA COAST INC
Conservation organizations in coastal Georgia are partnering to encourage Tybee City Council to pass a plastic bag ban and we need your help!
One Hundred Miles with the Ogeechee RiverKeeper, GreenLaw, Southern Environmental Law Center, BYOB Project, Surfrider, and the Georgia Conservancy have kicked off a campaign to raise funds to purchase reusable bags for Tybee Island shoppers. And the list of supporters is growing! Just last week UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant let us know that they will contribute $500 worth of reusable shopping bags to assist the Tybee community with their effort to protect the coastal environment.
To match the contributions of the organizations that have banded together, we have launched a crowdsourcing campaign.
We need your help to buy reusable grocery bags to support the Tybee plastic bag ban. Together, we can protect coastal Georgia' wildlife and communities from plastic bag pollution.
Plastic pollution kills our wildlife, litters our communities, and wastes our money. Recognizing this serious problem, Tybee Island officials and residents are taking action. Members of Tybee City Council have proposed a plastic bag ban - the first of its kind in Georgia. Under the proposed ordinance, Tybee vendors would be required to eliminate the use of plastic bags, and either switch to paper or (better yet) sell reusable bags for shoppers to use time and time again.
The bag ban will benefit coastal Georgia's environment, but there is a cost to banning plastic bags. Many vendors on Tybee argue that the cost of single use paper bags is significantly more than the cost of single use plastic bags. Therefore, they say that this ordinance will cost them money. Their argument is valid.
The cost of single use plastic bags is $.03 - $.05 per bag. Paper bags cost $.05 - $.23 per bag. The Tybee City Commission members wisely will take 12 months after its passage to phase the ordinance in. During this time it will be crucial to the Tybee Island businesses for Tybee shoppers to quickly convert to the use of reusable bags to reduce the number of paper bags that will need to be purchased by the vendors.
One Hundred Miles wants to support the Tybee lCity Council's passage of the ordinance by making it easy for local businesses to participate. We'll donate the bags to the Tybee City Council, eliminating the burden and upfront cost to local businesses and store owners.
And that's where you come in. Your donations will go towards purchasing the first supply of reusable grocery bags for store owners on Tybee Island.
This isn't a cheap solution, but it's also not an impossible one. After all, if we want to help fix the problem, we can come together to take action. With your help, we can eliminate one of the barriers to this common-sense ordinance. To date, nine organizations across the state have pledged $4,000 to this effort. Will you join us in making a contribution today?
Your tax-deductible gift will be used by One Hundred Miles solely for the purpose of purchasing and donating reusable bags to Tybee. We'll make a difference - one bag at a time.
More about plastics: did you know?
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there is now more plastic than plankton in the Earth's oceans (with an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean!) Plastics injure and kill millions of animals - including endangered marine mammals, sea turtles, and shorebirds - every year.
- On average, each plastic grocery bag is only used 12 minutes before being discarded - where it can remain in our marine environment for thousands of years.
- U.S. retailers spend approximately $4 billion on disposable bags every year. That cost is passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices. Used bags are also expensive to clean up and dispose of properly, leading to increased costs for local governments.
- Plastic bag recycling programs are not making a significant dent in the number of bags in our environment. According to the EPA, less than 5% of plastic bags are recycled annually.