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Petitioning Coles, Woolworths, Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews

Add Health Care Workers to Coles and Woolworths' Online Shopping Eligibility.

Greater Shepparton Response Committee are currently advocating to help and support Health Care Workers in the Goulburn Valley area. But they need our help! As a local health care worker, I know how challenging it is to find time to go shopping, and when you get there essential items have run out.  The nature of our jobs puts us at an increased risk of catching and/or unintentionally transmitting any communicable disease, including COVID-19. So it makes absolute sense to keep Health Care Workers at home when we aren't at work! Instead we are still expected to do our shopping with the general public or at designated times that are unsuitable and expected to wear our uniforms....hmmm!  Including Health Care Workers as a priority in the online ordering eligibility would demonstrate support and appreciation for the entire industry at a time when most are overworked, stressed and putting themselves at risk for the greater good. Currently those eligible to access Coles and Woolworths online services are: Woolworths: Seniors, people with a disability, those with compromised immunity and those required to isolate Coles: elderly and vulnerable members of the community including retirement and nursing homes Please sign and show your appreciation and support for local Health Care Workers.  Photo � Adobe Stock/Maria Sbytova

Keira Birchmore
26,494 supporters
Petitioning Coles

Coles: Stop bullying small Aussie business in the midst of a pandemic

It is always tough to be a new, small business in the market, but it’s even harder when you are slapped with an unfair legal claim by a supermarket chain. The Beer Drop is a small family- owned and operated business, run out of founder Evan Reitano’s garage. He works with independent craft breweries and puts together mixed cases of beer for his customers. Now, he’s fighting Coles who says his trademark is similar to Coles’ brand “Wine Drop,” a business arm of First Choice Liquor Superstores. Evan Reitano spent more than 18 months setting up his dream business. They began selling only in October 2019. Four months later, coronavirus hit and they received a letter which stated that Coles Liquor has opposed their trademark. In 2012 Coles trademarked “Wine Drop,” but the business name doesn’t appear to be in use by Coles and there’s no trace of it online either.   This is a typical case of a commercial giant trying to take on a small business run by hard working Aussies. Evan says “We put all our money into trying to grow this business, so we don’t have the means to fight them through the courts.” "Being such a young business, our name is how people recognise us. We're getting quite a few repeat buyers now. It would kill us basically, having to rebrand." Supermarket chains have seen massive growth in sales throughout the pandemic period. They look to be the biggest winners and this trend is only expected to continue for the near future. Despite this, why is Coles choosing to go behind a small business doing it tough already? Coles must drop the legal action against The Beer Drop now. Please sign and share this petition to stand up for local businesses. We need to stick up for them so big commercial chains don’t stop hardworking Aussies from having a fair go.

Jesse Mcfadyen
25,044 supporters
Petitioning Coles, Woolworths

#SolveFoodWaste. AUS Supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity.

My name is Chantel and growing up, food was never a constant in my house. We were poor and all of my childhood, I experienced food insecurity. Now that I work at a major supermarket, I’m horrified at the massive amounts of perfectly edible food that is discarded every day. It is estimated that $20 billion worth of edible food is wasted in Australia each year. This is why I’m calling to make it mandatory for supermarkets to donate unsold or surplus food.  In 2019, FoodBank revealed that nearly 4 million people experienced food insecurity at some point in the past year. Tonnes of food is wasted every year while Australians are going hungry. There is enough food to feed everyone, we just need to divert it efficiently. The major supermarkets have significant power in tackling this issue. Everyday, I see large amounts of edible food being thrown away because it doesn’t meet the supermarkets’ high cosmetic standards. Between 20-40% of fruits and vegetables don’t even make it to the shelf because they aren’t aesthetically pleasing enough. In fact, growers themselves don’t ship all of their fresh produce for a variety of superficial reasons such as uneven colour, shape etc because they have to fulfil the supermarkets’ strict standards. These quality assurance standards promote waste culture and it must stop now. Food wastage has significant environmental effects too. It is responsible for around 8% of the global greenhouse gas because spoiled, rotting food produces methane, which is nearly thirty times more potent than carbon monoxide. Last year, France introduced a law banning surplus food from being thrown away by supermarkets. Australia must follow France’s lead and make it mandatory for supermarkets to donate unsold or surplus food. The current food donations made by supermarket giants are a very small proportion of what is being dumped. As a result of the economic crisis brought on by COVID-19, we are in the worst recession in a century. The national unemployment rate is high and it will be very difficult for people to find new jobs. Australians are doing it tough. Now is the time to redirect edible food going to landfills to those in need. Please sign and share my petition calling on the government to pass a law to ban food wastage by supermarkets and mandate donation of unsold produce to charities.

chantel .
23,925 supporters
Petitioning Coles

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: http://tinyurl.com/n54ahv6Glyphosate poisoning: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15862083 Glyphosate induces human breast cancer: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170Toxicology of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx1001749 Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority 2013 Report: http://tinyurl.com/mpb9ecb Toxicity of Glyphosate-Based Pesticides: http://www.trentu.ca/biology/berrill/Research/Roundup_Poster.htm Roundup Deadly to Human Cells: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=weed-whacking-herbicide-p

Catherine Anderson-Karena
20,055 supporters
Closed
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
18,914 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

5 years ago