Hey Philly, Ban Plastic Bags

Hey Philly, Ban Plastic Bags

10 Philly Bloggers Push Plastic Bag Ban

Philly Plastic Bag Ban logo. Courtesy Green Philly Blog.

Philadelphia, PA, Aug. 2, 2012 - On Thursday, July 26th, ten Philadelphia area bloggers united in a campaign to pressure the Philadelphia City Council to ban plastic bags.

Organized by Julie Hancher and Beth Funari who publish the Green Philly Blog, the "Ban the Plastic Bag" campaign was simultaneously published by each of the bloggers that day.

"We planned the initiative for several weeks, drafted emails, PR statements, and more," stated Julie Hancher in an interview with PBBR. "We decided to take on an initiative that is worthwhile and get other blogs to unite with us."

"Today, we’re dishing the dirty truth about plastic bags", wrote Julie and Beth to start their blog post. "We want to be the first big East Coast city to embrace this vital measure," stated another blogger. Philadelphia is the 5th most populous city in the U.S.

The 2nd largest city in the U.S., Los Angeles, adopted a ban on single-use plastic bags at retail checkouts on May 23rd of this year.

Campaign Still Going
Although the 10 bloggers united on one day, the campaign is still active. The petition is still open to encourage more signatures. Julie said the signatures will be sent to Mayor Michael Nutter, Director of Sustainability Katherine Gajewski, the Office of Sustainability & Philadelphia City Council.

Philadelphians are encouraged to go to Green Philly Blog to learn more and to sign the petition. Make you're voice heard and make your opinion count. You may also click on the petition here at the top of the right column.

Cover photo: The Schuylkill River and the Philadelphia skyline.  Author: Ed Yakovich. Public Domain Photograph, not copyrighted.

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