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Stop the Rot! Call on supermarkets to tackle food waste in their supply chains

UK supermarkets and businesses throw out over 7 million tonnes of food annually, before it gets to your shopping basket. That’s enough to lift all the hungry people in the UK out of food poverty. Globally, if food waste was a country, it would be the third top carbon emitter after USA and China. I've started this petition as part of Stop the Rot campaign because I want to see an end to this stark injustice. Consumers are currently asked to do the lion's share of tackling food waste, but many businesses waste more in a day than a consumer does in a year. Someone pays for these mountains of wasted food – be it you, victims of climate change, the person who can’t afford to eat, or the supermarket’s suppliers. Food is mainly wasted on farms and in factories, but hugely affected by retailer policy. Imagine spending all year growing potatoes, just to have them rejected for being the wrong shape or size. Or toiling to overproduce cauliflowers for fear of ever missing an order. One farmer had to plough 300,000 perfectly edible cabbages back into the field. These unjust practices need to be stopped. Hidden from view, the waste piles up and suppliers suffer in silence. It’s time to call on UK supermarkets to tackle the food waste their policies cause in their supply chains. Three quarters of the UK’s food is sold through Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons. With a strong movement pressuring them, we can make them act! Join Stop the Rot's call for the major supermarkets to: - regularly publish their in-store and supply chain's food waste data, including collaborating to measure food waste on farms by 2018 to enable targeted reduction. - commit to ambitious targets to reduce their own stores' and their manufacturing suppliers’ food waste by 30% by 2025 Please sign and share this petition! Together, we can stop the rot!

Stop the Rot
300,606 supporters
Petitioning Dave Lewis, Dave Lewis

End the sales of eggs from caged hens in Tesco

I have been campaigning to end caged hen farming through letter writing for several years now. I have five hens myself, two of them are ex- commercial barn hens and one of them once lived in commercial colony cages. They are amazing animals to be around. Keeping my own hens and knowing their past has made me determined to improve the way hens are kept commercially. I found out that Tesco is one of the few supermarkets that still sell eggs from caged hens. After trying to end this through my own letter writing I have come to find that the written opinions of one person creates little impact on a company like Tesco. However I believe that with the help of like-minded people on social media, we can make Tesco listen and create an impact. Food production affects everyone. Very few of us, however, know the truth behind the processes that leads to the food sold in our stores. A prime example of this is the egg productions industry. Lots of eggs sold to us in stores come from hens kept in "enriched cages". The conditions in these "enriched cages" are cramped and very restrictive. The hens never see the light of day or get to experience a natural lifestyle. In addition, the hens never get to experience the real outside world. Which I believe is an essential element for a hen to live a happy and healthy life. This methods of egg farming are cruel, unnatural and inhumane. Tesco is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country. If it stopped selling cage eggs it would drastically reduce the number of hens who spend their lives in cages. It would also send a message to other supermarkets that this is an option that is realistic and achievable. Companies such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencers and Waitrose stopped selling eggs from caged hens years ago and new companies are listening to the public and realising that something has to change -- recently Mcdonald’s UK responded to a petition and agreed to stop using eggs from cage kept hens. Please sign this petition and take the first steps towards freedom for hens.

Lucy Gavaghan
278,623 supporters
Petitioning Dave Lewis

Pay out Martin Craddock's Pension

A few months ago my brother Martin was told that he had less than 3 months to live due to an aggressive melanoma cancer. It was devastating news. Martin had previously worked at Tesco's for 9 years as a General Assistant and had some comfort knowing his family would receive his pension. But instead of mourning our brother, my family is now fighting with Tesco to get his pension. When Martin was diagnosed immediately applied to cash in his pension fund to pay for the inevitable costs of his illness. He filled out a Serious Ill Health form which would have given him a lump sum total of approximately £9000. As the weeks went by, his health continued to deteriorate -- there was no reply from Tesco of the Ill Health claim so we assumed it had just gone through and were waiting for the payout.  We kept them updated as to his deteriorating condition by sending them copies of medical reports but still heard nothing back from Tesco. Tragically Martin passed away on 20th February. When we notified Tesco and highlighted that these funds were needed for the funeral costs to which over 250 people attended, they responded with a generic letter stating: ‘when Martin Craddock worked for Tesco he was in the Tesco pension scheme. You will receive a payment of £2471.’ Martin was paid £6500 less than the amount due and there was no acknowledgment at all of his Serious Ill Health claim. After 6 letters and 12 phone calls the response given was that Tesco had sent a form to Martin’s GP without notifying him. In all the time he was trying to find out what Tesco needed they ignored him when he could have chased his doctor to respond to Tesco’s requests. I know it devastated Martin’s former colleagues when he passed away -- so many Tesco employees came to the funeral. But this kind of loyalty and dedication seems to mean nothing to the company. This isn't just for Martin but for any other families at such a difficult time being stuck not being able to pay funeral expenses. We’re being made to fight futile bureaucratic nonsense when we are supposed to be grieving and coming to terms with losing our loved one. Martin deserves more than this from the employer he to whom he dedicated 9 years of his life.

Hayley Craddock
53,446 supporters
Petitioning Dave Lewis, Christian Haller, Mike Coupe, Charlotta Szczepanowski, Åsa Domeij, Maria Smith, Press Group Carrefour, CSR Group Lidl, Veronika Pountcheva, Susan Iliefski-janols, Jim Bath, Virginie Helias


ENGLISH | GERMAN | FRENCH | SWEDISH Saviez-vous que des études ont révélé la présence de dioxines dangereuses dans des couches pour bébés, et que les tampons hygiéniques peuvent libérer des substances chimiques toxiques que l’organisme humain met des années à éliminer ? Le problèmeUn grand nombre des couches pour bébés et tampons hygiéniques actuellement commercialisés dans nos supermarchés sont blanchis avec du dioxyde de chlore. Or, ce procédé peut produire des dioxines, des composés chimiques cancérigènes associés à l’apparition de cancers et à des problèmes de santé tels que l’infertilité. C’est la raison pour laquelle l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé a classé les dioxines parmi les substances les plus toxiques au monde. En quoi est-ce grave ?Récemment, plusieurs études ont fait état de niveaux alarmants de dioxines dans des couches pour bébés et tampons de grandes marques. En janvier 2019, l’agence de sécurité sanitaire française (Anses) a confirmé, dans un rapport d’analyses, la présence de traces d’herbicides et d’autres substances potentiellement toxiques dans des couches pour bébés. En réponse, les fabricants affirment que les niveaux détectés sont trop faibles pour représenter un risque sanitaire. S’ils sont dans le vrai, pourquoi le gouvernement français lui-même les a-t-il appelés, en s’appuyant sur le rapport de l’Anses, à éliminer ces substances ? Le problème, c’est que ces produits entrent en contact avec les parties les plus intimes de notre corps. Saviez-vous que la capacité d’absorption de substances toxiques par la voie vaginale est de 10 à 80 fois plus élevée que par la voie orale ? Saviez-vous que les dioxines absorbées par de jeunes enfants risquent d’affecter leur fonction hépatique et leurs niveaux d’hormones thyroïdiennes, voire de provoquer des déficits d’apprentissage ? De fait, ces substances dangereuses ne devraient jamais entrer en contact avec notre peau ou nos muqueuses. Il existe une alternative plus sûre, que nous devons réclamer ! Les couches, tampons et autres produits d'hygiène intime comme les serviettes et le papier toilette n’ont pas besoin d’être blanchis au dioxyde de chlore. Il existe un procédé bien plus sûr, qui n’utilise pas de chlore et n’est pas toxique : le procédé de blanchiment totalement sans chlore (TCF). Malheureusement, la plupart des fabricants ne se sont pas convertis à ce procédé. Pour que cela change, il est essentiel que de plus en plus de citoyens soient sensibilisés aux risques de santé associés à ces produits et réclament des alternatives non toxiques. 5 RAISONS POUR LESQUELLES VOUS DEVEZ ARRÊTER DE PRODUIRE DES PRODUITS D’HYGIÈNE TOXIQUES MAINTENANT.  Les dioxines sont des composés très persistants : cela prend 7 à 11 ans à l’organisme pour éliminer seulement la moitié des dioxines qu’il absorbe. La capacité d’absorption de substances toxiques par la voie vaginale est bien plus importante (10 à 80 fois plus élevée) que par la voie orale. Classées parmi les substances les plus dangereuses au monde, les dioxines ne devraient jamais entrer en contact avec des zones aussi fragiles que le vagin d’une femme ou la peau d’un bébé.  Les scientifiques manquent de données sur les effets d’une exposition directe et cumulée à ces toxines sur les muqueuses intimes. Cela fait près de trente ans que de meilleurs procédés de blanchiment existent : dans ce contexte, il n’est pas admissible que nous continuions d’être exposés à des composés toxiques. Nous exigeons des fabricants et des supermarchés qu’ils agissent ! Nous en appelons aux fabricants internationaux de ces produits, parmi lesquels Essity, Procter&Gamble et Kimberly-Clark, pour qu’ils proposent des alternatives sans chlore et non toxiques aux consommateurs. Nous exigeons également des grandes chaînes de distribution européennes – Aldi, Auchan, Lidl, Carrefour, Coop, Leclerc, Tesco, Sainsbury ́s, Metro et les autres – qu’elles commercialisent des produits d’hygiène intime sans toxines. Signez la pétition afin d’exiger d’eux qu’ils fabriquent et commercialisent des couches, tampons, serviettes hygiéniques, serviettes et autres produits d’hygiène qui n’auront pas été blanchis avec des composés chlorés. SIGNER LA PÉTITION LA PARTAGER #myclosestenemyCette pétition est proposée par 'My Closest Enemy'  Retrouvez-nous sur -Notre site Web @myclosestenemy Facebook @My Closest EnemyTwitter @MCE_Campaign

My Closest Enemy
82,471 supporters
Petitioning Dave Lewis, Christian Haller, Mike Coupe, Charlotta Szczepanowski, Åsa Domeij, Maria Smith, Press Group, CSR Group, Veronika Pountcheva, Susan Iliefski-janols, Jim Bath, Virginie Helias


ENGLISH | GERMAN | FRENCH | SWEDISH Did you know that several studies found dangerous dioxins in diapers? Or that tampons can release dangerous chemicals into the human body that take years to eliminate? What’s the problem?Many diaper and tampon products sold on supermarket shelves have been bleached with chlorine dioxide. This bleaching process can release dioxins, a group of carcinogenic compounds linked to cancer and other health problems like infertility. Dioxin has been classified by the World Health Organisation as one of the world’s most toxic substances. How serious is it?Recent studies have revealed alarming levels of dioxin in well-known diaper and tampon brands. In January 2019 the French Government released a report confirming that weed-killer and other potentially toxic substances had been found in baby diapers. The producers of these products claim that the levels detected are too low to pose any health risk. So then why has the French Government called on manufacturers and retailers to eliminate these substances? These products are worn or used in the most intimate parts of the human body. Did you know the female vagina can absorb toxic chemicals at much higher levels – 10 to 80 times higher – than if they were ingested by mouth? Or that dioxins in children can affect their liver function, thyroid hormone levels and create impaired learning ability? These dangerous chemicals should not be coming into contact with our skin or tissue. There is a safer alternative – demand it! The good news is that diapers, tampons and other personal hygiene products like napkins and toilet paper do not have to be bleached with chlorine dioxide. There is a far safer bleaching process that is totally chlorine-free and non-toxic. It’s called Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) bleaching. Most manufacturers have yet to adopt TCF, but this will change if more people become aware of the health risks associated with these products and demand non-toxic alternatives. 5 REASONS WHY WE HAVE TO STOP TOXIC HYGIENE PRODUCTS NOW.  Dioxin is very persistent. It takes 7-11 years to just eliminate 50% of the dioxin in your body. The vagina can absorb toxic chemicals 10 to 80 times higher – than if they were ingested by mouth. Dioxin is classified as one of the worlds most dangerous substances and should not come into close contact with sensitive areas such as the vagina or baby skin.  There still remains a lack of evidence on the direct and cumulative exposure of these toxins to intimate body tissues. For almost 30 years there have been better ways of bleaching. – so why are we still exposed to toxic compounds? Therefore we demand manufacturers and supermarkets to take action. We urge international manufacturers of these products like Essity, Procter&Gamble and Kimberly-Clark, to offer chlorine free and non-toxic alternatives to consumers. We also demand some of Europe’s biggest retail chains – Aldi, Lidl, ICA, Axfood, Carrefour, Coop, Tesco, Sainsbury ́s, Metro and several others – to offer customers safer personal hygiene products free from toxins. Sign the petition and call on them to start stocking diapers, tampons, pads, napkins and other paper hygiene products that haven’t been bleached with any chlorine compounds and are toxic free. SIGN THIS PETITION PLEASE SHARE #myclosestenemy This petition is put forward by 'My Closest Enemy'  Find us at -Website @myclosestenemy Facebook @My Closest EnemyTwitter @MCE_Campaign

My Closest Enemy
82,471 supporters
Petitioning Dave Lewis, Christian Haller, Mike Coupe, Charlotta Szczepanowski, Åsa Domeij, Maria Smith, Press Group, CSR Group Lidl, Veronika Pountcheva, Susan Iliefski-janols, Jim Bath, Virginie Helias


ENGLISH | GERMAN | FRENCH | SWEDISH Wusstest du, dass mehrere Studien ergaben, dass Windeln gefährliche Dioxine enthalten? Oder dass Tampons gefährliche Chemikalien in den menschlichen Körper freisetzen, die Jahre brauchen, um abgebaut zu werden? Wo liegt das Problem?Viele der Windel- und Tamponprodukte, die in Supermärkten verkauft werden, wurden mit Chlordioxiden gebleicht. Dieser Bleichprozess kann Dioxine freisetzen, eine Gruppe karzinogener Stoffe die mit Krebs und anderen Gesundheitsproblemen, wie Unfruchtbarkeit, in Zusammenhang stehen. Dioxin wurde von der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) als einer der giftigsten Stoffen eingestuft. Wie ernst ist es?Jüngste Studien deckten alarmierende Mengen an Dioxinen in bekannten Windel- und Tamponmarken auf. Im Januar 2019 veröffentlichte die französische Regierung ein Bericht, der den Fund von Unkrautvernichtern und anderen potenziell giftigen Stoffen in Babywindeln bestätigt. Die Hersteller dieser Produkte behaupten, dass der gefundene Gehalt zu gering sei um Gesundheitsrisiken zu bergen. Warum hat dann die französische Regierung die Hersteller und Händler dazu aufgerufen, diese Stoffe zu beseitigen? Diese Produkte werden an den intimsten Stellen des menschlichen Körpers getragen. Wusstest du, dass die Vagina der Frau giftige Chemikalien in viel größeren Mengen aufnehmen kann - 10 bis 80 mal mehr - als bei einer oralen Einnahme? Oder dass Dioxine bei Kindern die Leberfunktion und den Hormongehalt der Schilddrüse beeinträchtigen können und Lernschwächen hervorrufen können? Solch gefährliche Dioxine sollten nicht mit Haut oder Gewebe in Berührung kommen. Es gibt sicherere Alternativen - fordere sie ein! Die gute Nachricht ist, dass Windeln, Tampons und andere Hygieneartikel, wie Servietten und Toilettenpapier, nicht mit Chlordioxiden gebleicht werden müssen. Es gibt einen weitaus sichereren Bleichvorgang, der komplett chlor- und schadstofffrei ist. Es wird absolut chlorfreies Bleichen (Totally Chlorine Free, TCF) genannt. Die meisten Hersteller wenden TCF noch nicht an, doch das wird sich ändern, je mehr Menschen von den mit diesen Produkten verbundenen Gesundheitsrisiken Kenntnis erlangen und schadstofffreie Alternativen einfordern. 5 GRÜNDE WARUM WIR JETZT SCHADSTOFFHALTIGEN HYGIENEPRODUKTEN EINHALT GEBIETEN MÜSSEN. Dioxine sind langlebig. Es braucht 7-11 Jahre um gerade mal 50 % des Dioxingehalts in deinem Körper zu beseitigen. Die Vagina kann 10 bis 80-mal mehr giftige Chemikalien aufnehmen als bei einer oralen Einnahme. Dioxin ist als eines der gefährlichsten Stoffe der Welt eingestuft und sollte nicht mit sensiblen Körperstellen wie der Vagina oder Babyhaut in Berührung kommen. Der Beweis für die direkte und kumulative Einwirkung dieser Schadstoffe auf intimes Körpergewebe steht noch aus. Seit fast mehr als 30 Jahren gibt es bessere Arten zu bleichen. - warum also werden wir noch immer giftigen Stoffen ausgesetzt? Daher fordern wir von Herstellern und Supermärkten ein zu handeln. Wir drängen Produktherstellern, wie Essity, Procter&Gamble und Kimberly-Clark, Kunden absolut chlor- und schadstofffreie Alternativen anzubieten. Ebenso fordern wir von einigen von Europas größten Einzelhandelsketten - Aldi, Lidl, ICA, Axfood, Carrefour, Coop, Texco, Sainsbury, Metro und einigen anderen - den Kunden sicherere Hygieneartikel anzubieten, die frei von Giftstoffen sind. Unterschreibe die Petition und rufe sie dazu auf Windeln, Tampons, Wattepads, Servietten und andere aus Papier hergestellte Hygieneartikel zu führen, die nicht mit Chlor gebleicht wurden und schadstofffrei sind. UNTERSCHREIBE DIESE PETITIONBITTE TEILEN #myclosestenemy Diese Petition wurde von 'My Closest Enemy' gestartet. Besuche uns aufWebsite Instagram @myclosestenemyFacebook @My Closest EnemyTwitter @MCE_Campaign

My Closest Enemy
82,471 supporters
Petitioning Dave Lewis, David Potts, Sean Clarke, Matthew Barnes, Christian Hartnagel

End the use of eggs from caged and barn kept hens in Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons and Asda

This isn’t just another petition. This petition can change the lives of billions of hens. We are a group of 14 and 15 year old boys who are working to stop the abuse of egg-laying hens in factory farms. We are determined to expose the cruelty in egg production across the UK. We want the compassionate British public to call on supermarkets to stop the use of cruelly-produced eggs as ingredients in their products and tell them to opt for free-range eggs instead. If we can get enough signatures for our petition, then we are certain that shops will take note and will listen to the demands of the people. Many supermarkets have signed up to cage-free agreements which mean they will cease selling eggs from caged hens. However, this agreement does not include the supermarkets’ use of eggs as an ingredient in products, for instance in their ready meals, baked goods and sandwiches. We want Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Lidl and Morrisons to promise to stop using cruelly-produced eggs in their own-brand products, just as they have agreed to stop selling these eggs. Although battery cages were banned in 2012, they were replaced by so-called ‘enriched cages’ which are only marginally larger. Terrible practices such as de-beaking and cramped conditions are still commonplace. Supermarkets often state that their products contain ‘Barn’ eggs – in this instance the animals are not caged but they still suffer from terribly overcrowded conditions and no access to the outside. We argue that the only right and ethical option is to use free-range eggs as an ingredient, whereby animals have the freedom to display natural behaviour and roam outside. There is a huge amount of scientific evidence to show that hens are intelligent, sensitive creatures that deserve to live lives free of cruelty and suffering. They can perform tricks and they can even remember faces. These wonderful animals deserve to live free of suffering and pain. Knowing how smart and complex these animals are makes us even more determined to ban cruelly-produced eggs in supermarket products. Hens which are kept in cages live their entire lives in terrible conditions. They are often kept in the dark and are packed so tightly that they start to behave aggressively and attack each other. In fact hens in cages and barns routinely have their beaks cruelly trimmed precisely so they do not peck each other in this cramped environment. Some even turn to cannibalisation. Disease is also common and many birds have terrible injuries or die slow deaths. Caged hens also have no opportunity to exhibit natural behaviour. Chickens like to scratch and forage, this means they enjoy pecking at the ground and finding worms and grubs to eat. They like to perch on different objects. They like to create their own nests. They like to clean themselves. They like to move about and explore new places. None of this is possible in a caged environment. Eggs produced in a barn environment are often just as cruel. Hens again have their beaks cruelly cut off (without any pain relief) and fighting, disease and injuries are all very common. There can be as many as 9 egg-laying hens per square metre. Hens suffer both physical and mental trauma as a result of living in cages and overcrowded barns and we are calling for supermarkets up and down Great Britain to stop funding these cruel systems by ending the use of these eggs in their products. We believe that this is just the start. If these big supermarkets listen to us then other shops, producers and restaurants will also have to follow their lead. Supermarkets like the Co-operative, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer already ensure that all their own-brand products use only free-range eggs. There is absolutely no reason why other supermarkets can’t do the same. We have it in our power to change the lives of billions of egg-laying hens. Together we can make a difference. Let’s do it!

PAWS (Pupils Animal Welfare Society)
1,074 supporters