Plastic shopping bags in the United States require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture, account for thousands of pounds of litter along the coasts and are responsible for the deaths of millions of seabirds and marine animals every year. Despite this, they're in almost every American home because retail giants like Target continue to use them.
In recent years Target has positioned itself as a company that cares about sustainability, with eco-friendly product branding and other efforts to green its stores. Yet it continues to send shoppers home with single-use plastic bags that take ages to break down and end up threatening sea turtles, birds and other wildlife.
That's why it's so important that we hold Target responsible for its carbon footprint and plastic waste, which amounts to more than a billion plastic bags every year.
August 7, 2015 Action Alert ID# 257
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