Endorsements to Ban Plastic Bags

Groups and Businesses Speak Out for Washington's Wildlife
Last updated: 2/8/2012

Dear Legislator,
 
We, the undersigned organizations and businesses, are writing to express our strong support for a ban on disposable plastic bags within the state of Washington.
 
We know that plastic bags threaten our wildlife.  Whales, seals, and salmon can choke on them, ingest them, or be harmed by their toxins.  We saw the effects of this in 2010 when a beached gray whale was found in West Seattle with twenty plastic bags in its stomach.  This is just wrong.  Nothing we use for a few minutes should end up in the belly of a whale.

Washingtonians value the unique creatures that live in our very special places, especially our waterways. From Puget Sound to the Lake Chelan, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Columbia River, Washington’s waterways are home to amazing wildlife that all Washingtonians should take care of.

Sadly, Washington uses over 2 billion bags a year, and sadly, over 95% of them will end up as litter and in our landfills, making their way to Puget Sound and our waterways, threatening our wildlife. We cannot recycle our way out of this problem.  Despite efforts to expand recycling programs, only about 4% of disposable plastic bags are recycled nation-wide.

We have a serious plastic problem that we need to address, and banning plastic bags is an obvious, easy, and significant first step to take. With so many people bringing their own reusable bags, these plastic bags are unnecessary.

Our behalf of the thousands of Washingtonians who we represent and serve, we urge you to ban plastic bags within the state of Washington. This is a critical step to protect our wildlife.

 

Organizations:

Admirality Audubon Chapter
American Rivers
Bag It!
Climate Sollutions
Columbia Riverkeeper
Earth Ministry
Friends of the San Juans
League of Women Voters
National Wildlife Federation
Orca Network
People for Puget Sound
Physicians for Social Responsiblitiy
Seattle Good Business Network
Sierra Club
Spokane Riverkeeper
Surfrider Foundation
Washington Toxics Coaltion
Washington Water Trails Association
Willapa Hills Audubon
Zero Waste Washington

Businesses:

14th Ave. Hair
510 Interiors
Acqua Via
Al Forno Ferruzza
Alchemy
Alley Cat Tattoos
Anderson's General Store
Apollo Pizza and Pasta
Aqua Serene Inc.
Araya's Place
Azuma Sushi
B Brown and Association
Bambu Organic Salon
Bark in Style
Bartels Men's Store
Bellingham Public Market
Big Tree Bikes
Blossom Grocery
Bluebird Ice Cream
Bootyland
Bou Langerie
Boulangerie Nantaise
Buck's Fifth Ave
C&D Gurmet Coffee Company
Capital City Guitars
Capital Divers
Capitol Florist
Chaco Canyon Organic Café (U. District)
Chaco Canyon Organic Café (W. Seattle)
Changes
Charlie's Bar and Grill
Childhoods End Gallary
China Pearl and Blue Water Restaurants
Chroma Salon
Cicada Restaurant
Clementine Shoes
Clinton's Music House
Coho Restaurant
Coleman Jewelers
Cookies
Cornerstone Kitchen & Bath
Crystal Seas Kayaking
Damsalfly
Dandelion Botanical Company
Danger Room Comics
DeGarmo's Compounding Pharmacy
Dugan's Sportscards
Dumpster Values
Eat Local
Einmaleins
Elliott Bay Book Co.
Espresso Parts
Fainting Goat Gelato
Finders Keepers Antique Mall
Fish Tale Brew Pub
Floral Ingenuity
Fremont Brewing Company
Fresh Flours
Friday Harbor House
Full Tilt Ice Cream
Gae's Drapery
Gifted
Goodlife Health Foods
Grand Vin Wine Merchants
Gravity Beer Market
Great Harvest Bread
Greenbean Coffeehouse
Hannahs Bar and Grill
Harrison House Suites
Honey Hole Sandwiches
Insight Geologic, Inc.
Invictus Café
Jamie Lee & Co.
Jays Farmstand
Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine
Julia's Restaurants
Ketch LLC
King of Olympia
Kings Market
Kitchen-n-Things
Kula Movement
Lake Dale Resort
Lakeside Chiropractic
Last Work Books
Le Panier
Le Voyeur Café/Lounge
Left Food Organics
Legacy Charters
Leisure Books
Lilly's What to Where
Lit Fuse Tatto
Market Street Shoes
Matter!
Metropolitan Market
Mexico Bonito
Monster Art and Clothing
Naked City Brewery and Taphouse
Narai Asian Cuisine
New Moon Café
Nonna Rosa
North Shore Charters
Northwest Grocers Association
Old School Pizza
Oly Bikes
Olympia Fireplace Supply
Olympia Food Co-Op
Olympia Framemakers
Olympia Supply Co
Olyphant Art Supply
Oom Yung Doe
Orca Books
Orcas Homegrown Market
Orcas Island Eclipse Charters & Whale Watch Tours
Pablitos Taqueria
PCC Natural Markets
Pelindaba Lavender
Performance Bicycle
Pike Street Fish Fry
Porchlight Coffee
Premire Salon & Spa
Radiance Herbs and Massage
Rainy Day Records
Re-soul
Red Cup Espresso
Rock Paper Scissors
Royal Cleaners
Rudy's Barbershop
Russell's Jewelers
Samadhi Yoga
Savour, LLC
Sea Quest Kayak Tours and Whale Watching
Seattle Fish Company
Sip and Ship
Sizizis
Sota Gallery
Spidermonkey Tattoos
Spin Tees
Spun Sustainable Collective
Star Life on the Oasis Café
State of the Arts
Stone Creek Wood Fired Pizza
Sugar on Top
Super Silver Olympia
Sweet Life
Sweetie
Tannya Bernadette - Wardrobe Stylist
Tasty Morsels
Terra Trek Bicycle Vacations
The Gypsy Café
The Market Chef LLC
The Other Coast Café
The Shaw General Store
The Tuscan Tea Room
Throwbacks NW
Town and Country
Traditions Café & World Folk Art
Tucker House Inn
Urban Earth
Urban Onion
Urban Yoga Spa
Vain
Velocity Dance Center
Veridis
Vic's Pizzeria
Village Books
Vivala
Wallingford Pets Supply
Weddings with Joy
Wembly Soccer Shop
West Seattle Optix
Whole Foods