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Petitioning NSW Government, Coles, Woolworths, NSW Environment Minister, Rob Stokes MP, Gabrielle Upton MP

Ban single-use plastic bags in NSW

So far South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT have banned single-use plastic bags. Queensland will join them next year. NSW is lagging behind the other states and territories and our oceans and marine life are suffering, as seen in the ABC News report on Sunday February 12 about Clifton, the juvenile Green Turtle which almost died from ingesting plastic. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-12/sydney-harbour-hidden-plastics-threatening-endangered-turtles/8263368 Courtesy ABC News Single-use plastic bags make up a significant proportion of the 10 tonnes of plastic waste that litters Sydney Harbour each year. As a long-time sailing journalist I've noticed more and more waste floating and washing up onto NSW beaches. The two big supermarkets rebuff criticism by saying they comply with government regulations and Woolworths told me they continue to offer single-use bags to give customers a choice. Tough for Clifton and his turtle mates to make the right choice when a floating bag looks the same as a jellyfish. If the big two aren't going to lead the charge by banning the bag, or at the very least charging for them during the phase-out, then it's up to the NSW state government to bring in new policy. It's also up to us as shoppers to change our habits and switch to reusable bags. It can be easy to forget and leave our reusable bags at home - if they are put back in the car after unpacking the shopping they should be handy each time. Let's reduce our reliance on using so much plastic, starting with the single-use bag, and lessen the number of marine deaths via entangling and ingesting. Image: Clifton recovering at Taronga Zoo's Wildlife Hospital, credit Nicole Chettle/ABC News    

Lisa Ratcliff
18,980 supporters
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Petitioning Woolworths

We want a Vegan Aisle!

Veganism is booming, in a way that’s totally unprecedented, which is wonderful for humans and all the other animals on the planet. More and more people are realising the benefits of a vegan lifestyle every day. However, it’s really challenging to find good-quality pre-packaged vegan foods in local supermarkets. There’s a big gap in the market here, and you guys can fill it!Of course, there’s always good ol’ fruit and veg, but surely it would be a wise move for bigger supermarkets to start stocking a wider range of vegan products, like mock meats, desserts and drinks? Not only will this encourage vegan shoppers to return to mainstream supermarkets in their local areas, it would also encourage more non-vegans to think about making the change. The way that vegan products are currently spread across stores is challenging for a bunch of reasons. First, shoppers miss them, particularly if it’s a flying visit to grab something quick for dinner. Secondly, it creates extra work for stocking and merchandising and thirdly, it makes vegans reluctant to wander through aisles that contain products that they have no wish for. The solution?A vegan aisle in the supermarket! Heck, even a few bays would do it! More and more people are choosing a cruelty-free lifestyle. Providing a vegan section in the supermarket would:• Make cruelty-free options more accessible to more customers• Give customers greater confidence when choosing products• Reduce the stress of shopping for vegan items• Create a more favourable opinion of big brand supermarkets So please, big supermarkets, please add a vegan shopping section… for people, for the animals and for the planet! (PS: It won’t hurt your profits, either!)

Brian Hallmond
10,743 supporters
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Petitioning Coles

Bring back the original Coles Comfy Bots nappies!

******UPDATE 30/01/2017*********** Thank you to everyone who has signed & commented on the petition. This has reached 2 398 signatures! It still was rising as I was finalising all the paperwork. I have printed out the document with the comments so I could send to the Head of Customer Voice at Coles Melbourne headquarters. I explained the number was still rising as I was finishing the cover letter. We are waiting to get confirmation from headquarters that they have the document with the cover letter before we officially close the petition. It was sent via Express Post this morning. Thank you to Brie Moore who worked with me from opposite ends of the country in getting this petition out there! Here's hoping Coles will change back to the trusty product  we had no problems with! *UPDATE 16/01/2017* Thank you for everyone who has signed already and supporting this. *UPDATE 16/01/2017* Since my own inconveniences occurring from the change to the new ones, I'd discovered many more complaints on the Coles Facebook page. Some of us have had a response from Coles stating that our complaints will be brought up at the next merchandise meeting. Further to this, it turns out that it is a much more serious issue than even what I thought when I first realised the new version of Comfy Bots would be no good for my toddler (and was highly disappointed after using them since he was newborn and he's nearly 2 years old now). Parents have stated that their children have blistered or gained rashes from this new product. Others have stated the crystals within the nappy have also dispersed - this is a safety hazard with babies and small children. Even children that have never reacted before now are with the new ones. Parents have stated that with the original product, they have even recommended over the most expensive brand (which I'm sure you all know which one I'm referring to). I too am one of those parents. Recently, the Coles brand Comfy Bots nappies have had a major change which on the packet states 'new and improved'. They are absolutely terrible! There a numerous complaints on the Coles Facebook page now and each followed by a thread of parents agreeing. Whilst we could go on the hunt for a new brand, why not speak out to Coles to bring back what was a very good and trusted product. A lot of parents have recommended this product to other parents but certainly are not with the new ones. One look at the new ones and you know it's all for cost cutting for the manufacturing side of things. With the cost of living going up and childcare fees soaring and still rising, having being able to purchase a Coles product at a decent price is something that many parents appreciate and is of benefit to Coles with so many recommending the original product. All the loyal customers that bought the originals continued to do so and also recommended the product to others. This will effect many household budgets as well as have that much effect that some families won't do their shopping at Coles because parenting is busy and time consuming so they need to get all their groceries - including nappies under one roof or one transaction online. Please Coles, change back to the originals, we all want the trusty product back and recommend like we always did.

Louise Piltz
2,836 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, Lily D'Ambrosio, Coles, Woolworths

Ban small soft plastics used for meat and fruit

A ban on lightweight plastic bags across Victoria will be rolled out by the end of 2019 however smaller bags used for fruit, vegetables and meat will be exempt, along with larger garbage bags, heavier plastic bags and animal waste bags. The ban applies to bags used by retail stores, takeaway shops and small supermarkets.  These small bags used for fruits are just as harmful to the environment as their larger counter parts. The government has acknowledged this and said “While we would like to eventually eliminate the use of all plastic bags in Victoria, we want to be sure we have appropriate alternatives in place first”.  All the government is doing is pushing the ban of these bags further back. In the mean time single use plastic bags and other plastic items are destroying our environment. These plastics are designed to be used once and then discarded. This 'throwaway' model of consumer goods has created a global pollution crisis which is directly impacting the health of our environment, marine wildlife, oceans and human health and it's everyone's responsibility to take action.   When plastic is exposed to UV it becomes brittle and subject to “fragmentation”. Over time disposable plastic items exposed to the elements will break up into micro plastics (smaller than 5mm) where they are more likely to enter the food chain. Traditional single-use plastic items do not biodegrade or decompose and will persist in the environment indefinitely. Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 mammals die every year as a result of plastic ingestion and entanglement. Plankton is ingesting plastic which then “bioaccumulates” up the food chain as it is eaten by larger sea creatures until it reaches the seafood that humans consume which may result in an alarming health crisis. The small bags of plastic used for fruits and meat still have this effect, they are no different to the plastic bags that we used to see in supermarkets. All you need to do is Google “plastic killing animals” to see the physical damage they do. You’ll notice the majority of the affected animals tend to be sea creatures like turtles, seals, and seabirds. In 2013 in Spain, scientists found a dead sperm whale and determined its cause of death was intestinal blockage. In its digestive system were 59 pieces of plastic waste totaling 37 pounds in weight. Sea turtles are now ingesting twice the plastic they were 25 years ago. In total, it is estimated that ingestion of plastic kills 1 million marine birds and 100,000 marine animals each year. All of this damage by signal use plastics is still the same when it comes to small soft plastic. This damage has to stop.

Evan Giasoumi
2,375 supporters
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Petitioning Coca-Cola, CCA, Coca-Cola Amatil, Cascade , Woolworths, Coles, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets

Don't remove Cascade Blackcurrant cordial from the shelves.

In early 2014, Coca Cola changed the recipe of Tasmania’s favourite drink after purchasing Cascade non-alcoholic brands in 2012. After much petitioning, Coca Cola changed the recipe back to something almost identical to the original but with less sugar. After a comparison between the original and the new recipe, we find that the latest product is almost identical to the original - delicious. Unfortunately, few consumers are aware that a change has been made to return Cascade Ultra-C to taste like the original Tasmanian syrup and as a result no longer purchase Cascade Ultra-C. Sales of Cascade Blackcurrant Cordial have now dropped to the point where they have been wiped from the shelves of Coles, with the Cascade Syrup range being deleted nationally due to the supermarket “not having enough shelf space”. Woolworths could likely soon to follow suit. Once Cascade Blackcurrant Cordial is off the shelves in both Woolworths and Coles, production of the product would most likely be completely ceased by Coca Cola. Upon removal of Cascade Ultra-C from nation-wide shelves, the Tasmanian community will be left with only Cordial Syrups like Ribena, which is Malaysian made using imported Fruits. Contrastingly, Cascade Blackcurrant cordial is made in Australia using 100% Tasmanian fruits, utilising the best of Tasmanian produce and creating jobs and sustaining business within Tasmanian. If you are a true fan of Tasmanian Blackcurrant Cordial and love the original taste, sign and share this petition and go to Woolworths and get yourself a bottle. Without the help of The Tasmanian community, this quintessential Tasmanian product could be gone forever. If you are a true fan of Tasmanian Blackcurrant Cordial, sign and share this petition and go to Woolworths and get yourself a bottle. Without the help of The Tasmanian community this quintessential Tasmanian product could be gone forever.  

David Lennon
1,952 supporters
Stop wrapping small portions of herbs, vegetables and fruit in plastic and styrofoam.

Update from Coles on plastic and packaging Thanks for all your feedback about plastic packaging which has been passed onto us here at Coles. We are mindful of the need to minimise our waste and over the past five years we’ve been making good progress to improve our recycling rate which has increased to 70% this year. We expect this trend to continue as we continue to work with the waste industry on new technology that can recycle more of our waste as well as consumer waste. We are also helping our customers with their waste by providing recycling solutions. Hopefully, you’ve heard about our soft plastics recycling program with RED Group that’s now available in 480 Coles stores across Australia where customers can bring back their soft plastics – including bread bags, biscuit packs, plastic bags and polypropylene shopping bags - to be recycled and turned into useful things like outdoor furniture for schools and, most recently, trolley bays at one of our new stores. Approximately 280 tonnes of plastic was returned to our supermarkets by customers for recycling via this program in the past year. To encourage customers to bring even more plastic back to Coles for recycling, we’ve begun putting a recycling logo on relevant Coles brand products and we’re looking at expanding the program into more regional areas. As well as recycling solutions, we regularly review product packaging in line with the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines set by the Australian Packaging Covenant and our goal is to move to fully recyclable packaging for our Coles brand products and fresh produce in coming years. This will mean phasing out the remaining small number of Styrofoam trays being used in the fresh produce area. We’re adopting innovative solutions for food packaging, such as a plant and PET-based meat tray (Plantic eco Plastic R™) for packaging Coles brand fresh beef, pork and lamb mince. The packs combine the use of renewable corn and recyclable plastic material to deliver a meat pack that is compatible with kerbside recycling streams. If recycled, this will reduce meat trays sent to landfill by 35,099 cubic meters per year, equivalent to 14 Olympic-sized swimming pools. We’re also working hard to source recycled content for packaging. Coles Brand Vinegar is now packaged with 15 per cent recycled plastic, replacing new plastic. We understand some consumers would prefer not to have organic produce packaged in plastic. It’s something we’ll continue to review but we don’t have an easy solution for this right now. It is used for a number of reasons, including to allow differentiation between organic products and conventional products – so that our customers receive what they pay for and our organic farmers are rewarded for their effort and passion. There’s plenty more that we’re doing here at Coles to consider the environment. We’ll be updating our website soon with this detail and we’ll keep you posted on our progress. Regards - the team at Coles

4 years ago