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To: The CEO's of Ireland's Major Supermarkets (Tesco, SuperValu, Dunnes Stores, Aldi and Lidl)
Tell Supermarkets to create plastic-free aisle in every store
To recommend a plastic-free aisle in every store to prevent tons of waste packaging ending up in the world’s oceans.
Why is this important?
Around 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year, yet just 12 per cent is recyclable .
There are natural biodegradable alternatives to plastics available today so their ever increasing use can no longer be justified.
The Feb. 2016 'New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics' report analysis indicates (i) that 95% of the value of plastic packaging material, worth $80-120 billion annually, is lost to the economy, and (ii) that, on the current track, there could be more plastics than fish in the ocean (by weight) by 2050.
The most important voice of reason that a supermarket can hear is that of the customer. By signing this petition you are helping to get the message across to key decision makers in the grocery sector that you no longer want to be part of the planetary plastic problem. That you want alternatives so this massive problem can finally start to be addressed, so future generations have a cleaner world to live in free from the dangers that a plastic filled ocean represents.
There is a large demand for plastic free options so retailers should benefit if facilitating this for customers. Retailers who take a lead on this should see increased brand value, positive word of mouth and greater customer loyalty.
The need for innovation in this area will spur job creation and new inventions that will be good for the economy too.
It is clear to see now that proper disposal of plastic is a burden on all parties involved, particularly for the natural environment that is already starting to break under the burden.
The situation with plastics has gotten way out of hand and it is up to all parties involved to act now.