An Open Letter in Support of the Bag Bill

Over 200 Environmental and Community Groups 

Support H.4234, An Act Reducing Plastic Bag Pollution

 

We the undersigned have united to voice our enthusiastic support for bill H.4234, An Act Reducing Plastic Bag Pollution.


Once it is passed into law, the bill will make Massachusetts the second state in the nation to limit the free distribution of plastic checkout bags, a major source of litter. The bill will significantly advance the goals of the Commonwealth’s Solid Waste Master Plan, and it will bring economic benefits to our state’s businesses, consumers, and taxpayers.(
Click here for a fact sheet.)

To date,
81 cities and towns in our Commonwealth have passed laws to reduce plastic waste. One in three Massachusetts residents currently lives in a municipality that has chosen to reduce plastic bags, and many more local ordinances are in the works.

As representatives of environmental and community organizations in Massachusetts, we are in agreement that H.4234 will represent an environmental landmark, not just for the Commonwealth but also for the nation, and we are united in our support for the bill as it is currently written.


  1. Bradford Verter, Founder, Mass Green Network
  2. Carolyn Barthel, Steering Team, 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future
  3. Carrie Montgomery, Vice President of Programs, Action Together Massachusetts
  4. Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director, Clean Water Action
  5. Christopher Chin, Executive Director, Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education (COARE)
  6. Grady McGonagill, Founder, Elders Climate Action
  7. Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, President, Environmental League of Massachusetts 
  8. Joe O'Brien, Executive Director, Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund
  9. Madison Young, Outreach Committee, Green-Rainbow Party
  10. Stephanie Harris, Massachusetts Director, Humane Society of the United States
  11. Cindy Rowe, Executive Director, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA)
  12. Neil Rhein, Executive Director, Keep Massachusetts Beautiful
  13. Jack Clarke, Director of Advocacy, Mass Audubon
  14. Margo Simon Golden, Board President, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
  15. Katherine K. Macdonald, President, Massachusetts Horticultural Society
  16. Gabby Queenan, Policy Director, Massachusetts Rivers Alliance
  17. Laura Hagen, Deputy Director, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA)
  18. Jen Boudrie, Director, Massachusetts Sustainable Communities & Campuses Conference
  19. Theresa Soldan, Chair, MASSPIRG Students
  20. Carol "Krill" Carson, President, New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance
  21. Iain Kerr, CEO, Ocean Alliance
  22. Dianna Cohen, CEO and Founder, Plastic Pollution Coalition
  23. Jonathan Cohn, Chair, Issues Committee, Progressive Massachusetts
  24. Jardayna Laurent, Chair, Surfrider Foundation, Massachusetts Chapter
  25. Sylvia Broude, Executive Director, Toxics Action Center Campaigns
  26. Jamie Rhodes, Program Director, Upstream
  27. Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Executive Director, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)
  28. Barbara Burgess, Co-Founder, Women Working for Oceans
  29. John J. Linehan, President & CEO, Zoo New England: Franklin Park Zoo & Stone Zoo
  30. Al Blake, Coordinator, 350 MA – Berkshires
  31. Lisa Coedy, Coordinator, 350 MA -- Cape Cod
  32. Laura Whelan-Bratsis, Community Outreach, Action Together Walpole
  33. Nancy Dayian, Working Group Leader, Action Together Western Norfolk County
  34. Emma Stamas, Environmental Justice Group, All Souls UU Greenfield
  35. Camilo Ferro, Representative, American Compostables Alliance
  36. Sara Brown, Representative, Amherst Recycling and Refuse Management Committee
  37. Selen Aktar, Board Member, Andover Green Advisory Board
  38. David Bunting, Chairman, Andover Trails Committee
  39. Amy Smith, Co-founder, Andover BYOBag!
  40. Sarah Freeman, Representative, Arborway Coalition
  41. Michaelann Bewsee, Director, ARISE for Social Justice
  42. Margie Herley, Chairperson, Arlington Street Church Social Action Committee
  43. Julia Chase, President, Board of Directors, Ashland Farmers Market
  44. Matthew Marshquist, Chairperson, Ashland Sustainability Committee
  45. John R Pelletier, Owner, Ashmont Cycles
  46. Heather Rockwell, Director of Operations, Barnstable Clean Water Coalition
  47. Mary Lou Nicholson, Volunteer Coordinator, Be the Solution to Pollution, New Bedford
  48. Dorie Stolley, Coordinator, Beach Ambassadors
  49. Patricia Tully, Executive Director, Beacon Hill Civic Association
  50. Leslie Adam, Conservation Chair, Beacon Hill Garden Club
  51. Alvin Blake, Chair, Becket Energy Committee
  52. Terese Hammerle, Member, Belmont Bag Ban Group
  53. Jane Winn, Executive Director, Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
  54. Rinaldo Del Gallo, Spokesperson, Berkshire Green
  55. Marcia Arland, Environment Committee, Berkshire Women's Action Group
  56. Ray Pfau, Treasurer, Bolton Local
  57. Cathy DiPilato, Owner, B-Organic
  58. Vienna Rothberg, Co-founder, Boston Boomerang Bags
  59. Katherine F. Abbott, President and CEO, Boston Harbor Now
  60. Cate Arnold, Faculty Advisor, Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network
  61. Heather DiPaolo, Chair, Bourne Recycling Committee
  62. Pat Neary, Representative, Bridgewater Green Commission
  63. Reya Al-Khalili, Coordinator, Bring Your Own Bag Beverly
  64. Mary Grady, Representative, BYOB BostonB
  65. Brigitte Griffin, Representative, BYOB Framingham
  66. Joyce Greif, Representative, BYOB Lexington
  67. Richard Coleman, Coordinator, BYOB Westford
  68. Harriet Korim, Representative, Cape Cool
  69. Sheila Place, Chairperson, Cape Environmental Action
  70. Jill Talladay, Executive Director, CARE for the Cape & Islands
  71. Lor Holmes, General Manager, CERO Cooperative
  72. Robert Zimmerman, Executive Director, Charles River Watershed Association
  73. Nancy Lee Wood, Representative, Citizens for an Informed Community, West Bridgewater
  74. Carol Robinson, Campaign Coordinator, Citizens for Plastic Bag Reduction
  75. Sheila Taintor, Organizer, Citizens for Sustainable Bagging, Newburyport
  76. Sierra Rothberg, Director, Clean Up Boston
  77. Martha Nathan, Steering Committee, Climate Action NOW
  78. Andrea Donlon, River Steward, Connecticut River Conservancy
  79. Nora Bicki, President, Don't Trash Wareham
  80. Kristine Acevedo, Representative, Dorchester People for Peace
  81. Marjorie Wexler, Clerk, Egremont Land Trust
  82. Michael Nichols, Executive Director, Esplanade Association, Boston
  83. Megan Hayes and Kimberly Reilly, Co-Founders, Everybody's Water, Cohasset
  84. Deirdre Healy, Chair, Fairhaven Sustainability Committee
  85. Eleanor Santos, Representative, Environmental Justice Team, First Church of Christ, Longmeadow
  86. Rev. Tricia Brennan, Interim Minister, First Parish Dorchester
  87. Anne Zasloff, Environmental Organizer, ForwardMA
  88. Laura Robert, President, Friends of Brookside
  89. Patricia Keck, President, Friends of Harold Parker State Forest
  90. Brian Yates, President, Friends of Hemlock Gorge
  91. Michelle Guiney, President, G Force Waste Sorters, Inc.
  92. Ann Walsh, Co-Leader, Girl Scout Troop 68277
  93. Stavan Shah, Representative, Global Activists, Burlington
  94. Ainsley Smith, Chair, Gloucester Clean City Commission
  95. Carolyn Platt, Committee Chair, Green Acton Plastics Committee
  96. Jen Boudrie, Founder, Green Marlborough
  97. Michael Greis, Chair, Green Needham
  98. Marcia Cooper, President, Green Newton
  99. Zillie Bhuju, Committee Coordinator, Green Topsfield
  100. Emily Greene, Representative, Greenfield Rights of Nature
  101. Dorothy McIver, Chair, Greening Greenfield
  102. Jessica Dils, Co-Leader, Greylock Together
  103. Gretel Clark, Representative, Hamilton Recycle Committee
  104. Lynn Nadeau, Treasurer, HealthLink
  105. Julie Johnson, Executive Director, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst
  106. Jennifer Flanagan, Chairperson, Hopkinton Board of Health
  107. Marcus Rodrigues, Secretary, Husky Environmental Action Team
  108. Dr. John Bordiuk, Director, Inner Balance Integrative Medicine
  109. Nicole Whitten, Co-Chair, Ipswich Sustainable Education
  110. Dave Bendix, Chair, Ipswich Waste Reduction Advisory Committee
  111. Pine duBois, Executive Director, Jones River Watershed Association
  112. Pat Conaway, President, Keep Natick Beautiful
  113. Gene Wyatt, Chairman, Kingston Recycling Committee
  114. Peter Hofman, Chair, Lee Greener Gateway Committee
  115. Carolyn B Butler, Chair, Lenox Environmental Committee
  116. Ricki Pappo, Chair, Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition
  117. Lin Jensen, Volunteer, Lexington Public School Green Teams
  118. Rami Alwan, Co-Advisor, Lincoln Sudbury Environmental Club
  119. Tracy Cutter, Coordinator, Littleton Better Bagging
  120. Uli Nagel, Founder, Living the Change Berkshires
  121. Jane Calvin, Executive Director, Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
  122. LeeAnn Childress, Member, Loudon Recycling, Loudon, NH
  123. Jeanne Ryer, Coordinator, Marshfield Plastic Bag Reduction Group
  124. Elaine Kizziah, Representative, Mass Green Network – Boston
  125. Barbara Passero, Founder and Director, Meadowscaping for Biodiversity
  126. Andrea Costello, Legislative Coordinator, Medfield Recycling Committee
  127. Julie Unger, Organizer, Melrose Farmers' Market
  128. Jeana McNeil, Chair, Melrose Recycling Committee
  129. Robert Bell, President, Melville Park Neighborhood Association
  130. Peter Papesch, Co-Founder, Metro Boston 2030
  131. Melissa Guimont, Representative, Middleborough Mess Movers
  132. Jeffrey C. Stevens, Chairman, Middleborough Plastic Bag Study Group
  133. Sarah Wolozin, Director, MIT Open Documentary Lab
  134. Tina Cornell, Member, Mothers Out Front -- Northampton
  135. Staci Montori, Community Organizer, Mothers Out Front – Lincoln
  136. Rachel Adler-Golden, Team Coordinator, Mothers Out Front – Newton
  137. Patrick Merron, Executive Director, Mystic River Watershed Association
  138. Deborah Snyder, Treasurer, Natural Resources Trust of Mansfield
  139. Robert Fernandez, Chair, Needham Bag Ban Team
  140. Riley Roefaro, Representative, Needham Environmental Action Club
  141. Tim Mazanec, Representative, Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay
  142. Jessica Bregoli, Co-Chair, New Bedford Beautiful
  143. Danielle Baudrand, Founder, New Hampshire Plastic Pollution Alliance
  144. Rosemary Wessel, Co-Founder, No Fracked Gas in Mass
  145. Carol Sotiropoulos, Coordinator, No Gas Pipeline in Grafton
  146. Samantha Woods, Executive Director, North and South Rivers Watershed Association
  147. Karen Martin, Chair, North Parish Climate Justice Task Force
  148. Jennifer Carlino, Conservation Director, Norton Conservation Commission
  149. Kimberly Tobin, Board President, Old Creamery Cooperative, Cummington
  150. Jamie Mathison, Owner, One Ocean One Love
  151. Kat Jones, Executive Director, Onset Bay Association
  152. Lynn A. Coish, Team Leader, Operation Clean Sweep, New Bedford
  153. Lydia Hamnquist, Chair, Provincetown Recycling and Renewable Energy Committee
  154. Evelyn Strawn, Coordinator, Plymouth Network of Open Space Friends
  155. Jamie Banks, Executive Director, Quiet Communities
  156. Molly Ettenborough, Manager, Recycling and Energy Office, Newburyport
  157. James O. Michel, Co-founder, Resist the Pipeline
  158. Nicole Gardner and Charlo Maurer, Representatives, ReThink Plastic
  159. Christine Pierannunzi, Representative, Revere Beautification Committee
  160. Rachel Lake, Community Affairs Manager, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
  161. Patricia Gozemba, Co-Chair, Salem Alliance for the Environment
  162. Emily Flaherty, School to Sea Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch
  163. Paul Houlihan, Chair, Sandwich Green Coalition
  164. Ramesh Razdan, President, Sathya Sai Group of Greater Boston Area
  165. Ann Devlin, Director, Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE)
  166. Eric Magers, Executive Director, Seaside Sustainability
  167. Ingrid Geis, Representative, Shop Local & BYOB, Winchester
  168. Karl Thidemann, Co-founder, Soil4Climate
  169. Melissa Eusden, Representative, Somerville Climate Action
  170. David Williams, Representative, Southbridge BYOB
  171. Verne McArthur, Steering Committee Member, Springfield Climate Justice Coalition
  172. Shelly Karlin, Representative, Stow Women's Action Network (SWAN)
  173. Janis Owens, Co-Chair, Sustainable Duxbury
  174. Lisa Scanlon, Representative, Sustainable Scituate
  175. Jessica Clay, Vice President, Sustainable Sharon Coalition
  176. Naomi Halpern, Network Leader, Sustainable Shrewsbury Citizens Network
  177. Melissa Gough, Steering Committee Member, Sustainable Sudbury
  178. Laurie Wodin & Lara Wahl, Co-Chairs, Sustainable Upton
  179. Jasmine and Robert Vogtli, Co-founders, Sustainable Wakefield
  180. Lise M Olney, Secretary, Sustainable Wellesley
  181. Gidget Batsford, Principle, Team Batsford
  182. Elizabeth Clemmey, Member, Team UP
  183. Leni Fried, Founder, The BagShare Project
  184. Laura Jasinski, Executive Director, The Charles River Conservancy
  185. Gareth Evans, Rector, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Acton
  186. John Stifler, Representative, The Paradise of Northampton Men's Reading Group
  187. Jeff Napolitano, Executive Director, The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice
  188. Joel Hariton, Coordinator, Topsfield BYOB
  189. Dick Prouty, Co-Chair, Town Green 2025
  190. Patricia Hynes, Director, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice
  191. Elizabeth Marcus, Representative, Transition Newburyport
  192. Julia Kay, Campaign Coordinator, Tyngsborough Plastic Bag Reduction
  193. Susan Starkey, Chair of Green Sanctuary Committee, Unitarian Church of Barnstable
  194. Verne McArthur, Community Liaison, Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield
  195. Christine Zadykovich, Chair, Uxbridge Recycling & Sustainability Committee
  196. Nancy L McHale, Treasurer, Wareham Land Trust, Inc.
  197. Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, President, Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment
  198. Molly Faulkner, Co-founder, Wayland Schools PTO Green Team
  199. Brandon Schmitt, Director, Wellesley Natural Resources Commission
  200. Wil Breden, Co-Chair, Wellesley Village Church Environmental Ministry
  201. Lydia Vivante, Co-Chair, Wellfleet Recycling Committee
  202. Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director, Wild Care, Inc., Eastham
  203. Wendy Penner, Chairperson, Williamstown COOL Committee
  204. Tracey Hunt, Owner, Winslow's Tavern, Wellfleet
  205. Laurie Gates, Spokesperson, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Cape Cod Branch
  206. Melisa Hollenback, President, Worcester County Environmental Community Agricultural Network