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Get Roundup® out of Coles and Woolworths

Take Roundup® off your shelves. What is it?Roundup® a (glyphosate) weed killer is a broad-spectrum herbicide, that means it has negative effects on nearly every plant with which it comes in contact. It is an extremely toxic hazardous chemical the Council sprays in public areas. Roundup® is manufactured by Monsanto. It's the company that developed chemical products which have eventually become controversial or been banned, they include DDT, Agent Orange, Bovine Growth Hormone, and PCBs. Why phase it out? Laboratory and epidemiological studies confirm that Roundup poses serious health hazards, including Endocrine (hormone) disruption, DNA damage, Cancer, Birth defects, and Neurological Disorders. Roundup and glyphosate don't breakdown, it was proved by a French court that the manufacturer; Monsanto lied, they are not biodegradable. They have been detected in air, rain, groundwater, in people’s urine, and even circulating in women’s blood. Glyphosate can even cross the placental barrier and an unborn fetus can thus be exposed. What can you do? Please sign this petition We're asking the Coles and Woolworths to take Roundup (glyphosate) weed killer and other hazardous chemicals off your shelves. There is no “safe” dose for Roundup exposure set by regulators is not based on up-to-date objective evidence; thus current regulations do not protect the public. Some of the Australian City Councils have to pay for employees compensation for the impact on their health and are banning its use. If it's not good for workers why should it be good for homeowners? SOME REFERENCES: Roundup birth defects: poisoning: Glyphosate induces human breast cancer: of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides: Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority 2013 Report: Toxicity of Glyphosate-Based Pesticides: Roundup Deadly to Human Cells:

Catherine Anderson-Karena
20,022 supporters
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. 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
18,956 supporters
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
10,715 supporters
Petitioning Coles

Ban ‘Coles Little Shop’ Items

Just when you think Coles is getting more eco-friendly because they introduce reusable shopping bags to more states/territories in Australia, they bring out these Little Shop items. And what are they made of? You guessed it, plastic. While they might be appealing to some children and collectors, they are a completely unnecessary part of the shopping experience. Not only that, but they do/will do a great deal of harm to the environment. They are already washing up on beaches across the country, meaning that they have already started posing a threat to the marine wildlife of Australian waters!  The target audience is presumably children, but the majority of children grow out of these things. They are a fad, and of course, a ploy to encourage more people to shop with Coles. But what’s the point of removing something big, such as single use plastic bags, only for them to be replaced DAYS later with more plastic items? And this time; they’re of no value or benefit to customers whatsoever. Who are they benefiting? Coles, of course. Kids will ask their parents for more of the toys to finish their collection, or people will shop there to give them to a friend/keep them for themselves. It all seems harmless, and like a bit of fun, but to me, it seems as though Coles cares more about their profits than the environment. And that’s just not going to fly anymore. So let’s send them a message, sign this petition in hope for a change! 

Ailish Halls
5,887 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