Please read this letter and consider using it yourself. Simply copy it (I don't mind) and add your own contact info at the end. Here are different places you can submit it:
Customer Care Team
325 Bic Drive
Milford, CT 06461-3059
To Customer Services and Sales Management at Subway,
From personal experience frequenting Subway stores in several states including Wisconsin, Michigan, Utah, Nevada, and Colorado, it has become apparent that the use of plastic bags by the Subway franchise may pose a concern to the environment. The official Subway website claims that 2,800 sandwiches are sold every 60 seconds in just the United States alone (not including the 90 other countries where Subway does business). That means hundreds upon hundreds (if not thousands) of plastic bags are being distributed every 60 seconds by Subway employees. A plastic bag is given to each customer regardless if they are "dining-in" or "taking-out". Furthermore, when a customer stays at subway to eat their sandwich, they are not given the option to recycle their plastic bags afterwards because only a regular garbage bin is available to customers. Therefore, many of those plastic bags are used for merely a few minutes and then thrown directly into the waste bin destined for a landfill or the ocean.
Plastic poses a threat to the environment because it does not biodegrade easily and quite often it ends up in our water systems through careless transportation practices. Plastic is known to absorb toxic chemicals such as PCBs. When the plastic has broken into smaller parts, marine life often consumes the pieces along with the toxic chemicals. Even when the plastic does not reach the ocean it still poses a threat; thousands of birds are killed yearly from entanglement and complications from the consumption of plastics.
One way to curb the threat of plastic to the environment is to cut down on our plastic use overall. It is my experience that Subway restaurants distribute a large quantity of plastic bags to customers who are not given the option to recycle. Therefore, Subway could be a huge help in the reduction of plastic consumption if the franchise were to either stop offering plastic bags to dine-in customers or, at the very least, make plastic recylcing available to those dining-in. This could even work to Subway's advantage, producing an advertising campaign targeted at those concerned about "green living".
Thank you for your time and consideration,
insert your address here
In the meantime, all of you reading this should consider requesting not to receive a plastic bag when you go to Subway (whether you're staying there to eat or not). And hey, might as well do the same thing at other stores as well like gas stations and the grocery store! Subway is just one place that over uses plastic.