Would you like to help Tacoma Rise Above Plastics?
South South Surfrider is working with the Tacoma City Council to pass a reusable-bag initiative that would eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic grocery bags throughout the city. Policies like this have already been enacted in Seattle, Edmonds, Bellingham, Mukilteo, Bainbridge Island, Issaquah and Port Townsend. Several other communities are also taking a look at similar legislation and more cities will undoubtedly be added to the list soon. We are hoping that Tacoma will be one of them.
Approximately 100 billion plastic shopping bags are used in the United States every year, of which less than 5% are recycled. The energy needed to produce these bags (about 5 million barrels of oil) and the long-lasting ecological problems associated with plastic as it breaks down in the environment make plastic grocery bags something that we, as a city, cannot afford.