Keep Plastic Out of Puget Sound Results

Result

Report drew leaders' attention to plastic pollution.

Our report, “Keeping Plastic Out of Puget Sound,” detailed the damage caused by plastic pollution and noted that local and national governments worldwide are taking action to ban the bags. We had the lead quote in a front page Seattle Times article on this issue, grabbing the attention of city and state leaders. We need your help to turn a statewide bag ban from great idea into reality. 

Result

We debunked a chemical industry myth

The petrochemical industy, which profits from making plastic bags, often claims that its unnecessary to ban the bags when we can recycle them instead. Our report, “A solution not in the bag,” showed the fallacy of this argument, noting that plastic bags are notoriously difficult to recycle and than 70 percent of Washington recycling companies want plastic bags out of the waste stream.