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Petitioning Procter & Gamble, Lil-Lets , Essity , Kimberly-Clark, Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons , Aldi , Lidl , Superdrug, Boots, The Co-Operative, Walmart, Carefree

Make all Menstrual Products Plastic Free

Mainstream period products can contain up to 90% plastic. They are made in their billions, are used for 4-8 hours, disposed of and then take over 500 years to break down. That's over 7 times the average lifetime of the person using them, meaning if Jane Austen had used them they would still be decomposing today! [1] The plastic pollution conversation is heavily dominated by items like bags and bottles , meaning period products don’t get spoken about, yet they are the fifth most common item found on Europe’s beaches. They are more commonly found than straws and coffee cups! [2] They contribute to the extraction of fossil fuels and after being used are incinerated, sent to landfill or pollute the environment. It is estimated that 50% of UK users wrongly dispose of tampons and pads down the toilet, resulting in a massive 1.5-2 billion being flushed each year. When this happens, they enter the sewerage system and if they are not captured, they end up in our rivers, flow into the sea and wash up on our beaches. [3] They contribute to ocean plastic pollution and overtime their plastic content breaks down into smaller pieces, known as micro-plastics and fibres. This poses a further threat to vital eco-systems where they can enter the food chain, even crabs in the River Thames have been found with period pad plastic in their stomachs. This use of plastic in menstrual products is totally unnecessary and their harmful environmental impacts are completely avoidable, which is why myself and over 247,000 supporters are calling on manufacturers and retailers to take responsibility and bring about change by removing plastic from their period products.With so many companies producing eco-friendly tampons and pads without plastic  - some since the 1980s - it is obvious that big brands can do the same, and there is no excuse for them not to. It is crucial that we bring about change so that these essential products are inflicting minimum damage.  This petition covers tampons, applicators, pads/towels, wrappers and packaging.  Campaign results to date:- Sainsbury's, Aldi, Superdrug , and Lil-Lets have stopped the production of their plastic tampon applicators, a move collectively saving over 28 tonnes of plastic annually!- Before the campaign there was no access to eco-friendly tampons, pads or reusable products in supermarkets, now they are available in most supermarkets and retailers, this is so important as it gives customers true access to choice.- Lil-Lets, Superdrug, and Morrisons have reacted to the campaign by launching and developing their own eco-friendly ranges!- Decision makers have stepped into the reusable market, Lil-Lets have launched a reusable applicator, and Bodyform have launched period pants, and their parent brand Essity also included Tena in the move with incontinence underwear. Please sign, share and together let's break the plastic cycle, period!  Thank you for supporting the campaign! Ella :) Campaign hashtag: #EndPeriodPlastic Twitter: @ella_daish Instagram: @elladaish Facebook: @elladaish1 When the campaign isn’t taking focused action on a decision maker, you can still get involved and support it! Here are some steps: Signing and sharing the campaign! Print off the campaign QR code and put it on notice boards at your schools, universities, and local shops.  Starting conversations with those around you. Many are still unaware that these products contain plastic; by speaking about it and spreading the word, you are raising much-needed awareness! Take direct action by opting for eco-friendly period products, this is a positive step and will show manufacturers through consumer demand that we don’t want them to contain plastic! Get in touch with your local shop and ask them to stock eco-friendly products and if they sell tampons with plastic applicators ask them to swap them for alternatives like cardboard applicators. If you find period plastic polluting the environment, please take a picture and post it on social media using the campaign hashtag #EndPeriodPlastic! Take a picture of yourself holding a sign in support of the campaign and post it online using the hashtag #EndPeriodPlastic. The campaign had a day of action doing this, there is more information here. Campaign features in date order:Marie Claire: Guardian: Ecologist: Observer (Lil-Lets Demo): (Year of the Plastic-free Period): USA: (Sainsbury's): Green Pod: Online:  Videos:Film about the campaign called 'The Making of an Activist' : References: [1] Plastic Periods:[2] European Commission (Page 11)  [3] Institution of Environmental Sciences (Page 19)

Ella Daish
248,500 supporters
Petitioning asda

Supermarkets To Reduce Delivery Charges & Minimum Spend For Over 70s

Government advice is for over 70s to self isolate for 12 weeks from around the 21st of March. Many people over 70 do not have family or friends who can bring them groceries, or their family may become unwell and be unable to deliver food to them because of their own self isolation.  Some supermarkets have minimum spends and delivery costs which would be considered high for people over 70, especially if they are shopping for only one person. For example, some Asda deliveries require a £45 minimum spend, and delivery itself can cost up to £6 depending on the time slot. This is a lot to spend, especially when they may just need some fresh food delivered every week or so, and are not doing a large shop. Please sign this petition to ask supermarkets to lower minimum spends and discount delivery charges for people over 70 during this time. The supermarkets would need to decide what is feasible, but it would be great to see a £1 or £2 maximum delivery charge for people over 70, and the minimum spend lowered to £20 or lower if possible. I know supermarkets will suffer because of this, but in the long-term, they will gain new over 70 customers who might not have otherwise shopped online. They will also earn the respect and support of other younger shoppers who are pleased to see supermarkets doing the right thing. Please sign and share this to help make supermarket delivery accessible to those who need it most at this time.

Tara West
131,307 supporters
Petitioning Mike Coupe, Sainsbury

Support Sainsbury's shop floor staff's working rights. We're NOT in the money

For over 20 years, I have been a dedicated and hardworking staff member at Sainsbury’s. I have always loved my job, worked with amazing colleagues and been a proud and loyal employee for a good employer. And that’s what why it is so hard to speak out.In March, Sainsbury’s announced wholesale contract changes across the organisation and spun them to the media as an ‘increase in basic pay’. But, because of these changes, I will be one of the thousands of long standing and loyal Sainsbury's staff who will see our wages plummet.Here is the reality for shopfloor staff like me: Those of us who work unsociable hours over weekends will see our earnings slashed. Those of us who work through the night will only receive nightshift pay between 12am and 5am. We’ll all lose our bonuses (although not our “we’re in the money” CEO). We’ll no longer be paid through our breaks. And if we don’t accept the changes by September, then Sainsbury’s will dismiss us from our jobs. I personally stand to lose over £1,000 per year. Some of my colleagues will lose as much as £3,000. And it is those of us who have been with the company the longest that will be hit the hardest. Against all Sainsbury’s values, I am being asked to ‘work well for less’ if I am to keep my job.The morale at Sainsbury’s is lower than ever before, especially with the new uncertainty of how the Sainsbury's/Asda merger will pan out. Many of us are wondering if we can afford to continue to work here, whilst the prospect of seeking new employment in our 40s, 50s and 60s is extremely frightening.I’m calling on Sainsbury’s to reconsider their position and to show a fraction of the loyalty to me and my colleagues that we have shown to them.I’ve written this petition under a pseudonym to protect myself at work.

Michelle Cooper
128,441 supporters
Petitioning Sainsbury, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Lidl, Theresa May MP, Zac Goldsmith, aldi, MORRISONS, asda

Supermarkets : BAN all palm oil from own brand products

My name is Bella Lack and I'm a 15 year old conservationist determined to help cease the large-scale decimation of the rain forests in Borneo and Sumatra- which are home to the Orangutan (who share 97% of our DNA). Palm Oil: a ubiquitous oil found in over 50% of all packaged products on the supermarket shelves. It is packed into pizza, makeup, chocolate, margarine, shampoo, noodles, bread, crisps, detergent, ice cream and many more products... With 5 football fields of rainforest being cut down EVERY second, we simply cannot continue in this reckless and egocentric fashion. This trail of rampant destruction that we leave in our wake is driving species such as the orang-utan, Asian elephant, tigers, leopards and many more to extinction. Orangutans have endured life, unchanged and consistent in their home of rich greens and exoticism for over a million years. While we have enrolled in brutal battles, created flying machines and populated the world, sprawling across the continents, they have settled in the rain forests, being representatives and stewards of their home, dispersing seeds and ensuring the continuation of the forest, procreating, fabricating their families and perfecting the art of survival. All of this effort done composedly, with slow deliberate movements and resourceful, inventive minds, only for us to bulldoze into their home with acrid smoke and burning flames because we want some oil to add texture to our snacks... With the Orangutan predicted to go extinct within the next 10 years, we have no time to procrastinate.  Moreover, cutting down such large swathes of rainforest is a great contributor to climate change. Furthermore, isn't it time we realise that once all the trees are cut down and the animals have been driven to extinction, the money derived from our greed will be of no use. We will also go extinct unless we hurriedly make a concerted effort to shift our unsustainable approach. Last month, Iceland became the first UK supermarket to ditch palm oil from its own brand products. This was a commendable leap towards greater sustainability and has proved to consumers and other retail brands alike, that it is possible to eradicate this substance from products. It is possible for sustainable Palm Oil to be produced, however, at the moment, the line defining sustainability is blurry and undefined. It is unclear whether organisations that are supposed to be promoting sustainability have had much influence on what actually has been happening in the field as 'forests continue to be torn down and local people shunted to jail for protesting the taking of their land.' It's time that we ensure our voices as consumers are not disregarded. This is not a problem that we can delay until we have the resources available, we need to act NOW otherwise we will be left staring at barren deserts devoid of life, wondering where the richly-biodiverse forest went. (Furthermore, Palm Oil is so high in saturated fats that it increases your chance of developing metabolic disease, liver disease, and cardiovascular disease.  'Appetite for Destruction features the filmmaker, Michael Dorgan, participating in a groundbreaking new experiment, led by a group of Swedish scientists, in which they compare eating muffins containing large amounts of palm oil to eating muffins with an equal amount of sunflower oil each day. The relative impact on human health is surprising. In the film, Michael has a healthy 4.6 percent body fat when he starts the experiment. Just a few weeks into the study, after eating palm oil every day, his body fat jumps to 7.4 percent (nearly doubled), which adds two kilograms of fat to his body and results in a kilo of muscle loss.')

Bella Lack
84,700 supporters
Petitioning Sainsbury

Sainsburys: Add a 'Donate to Foodbank' button to your online shopping

As we are in another lockdown, fewer people are visiting supermarkets in person, meaning the food bank donation baskets are emptier than they have ever been. Online financial donations are a great solution but as more people are shopping online, there should be a simple 'Donate to Foodbank' button to add items to your basket that can be placed in the donation basket in store to ensure food banks are still receiving physical donations as well. As a primary teacher in south London, I have experienced first-hand the devastating impact that hunger and poverty has on children and witnessed with sadness the growing number of people in our community who use the foodbank; I feel passionately that we should keep the donation shelves well-stocked.  According to the Trussell Trust: -The Trussell Trust forecasts a 61% increase in food parcels needed across its UK network in October to December – six parcels given out every minute- During the start of the pandemic around half of people who used a food bank had never needed one before- Families with children have been hardest hit  When I started this petition, food parcels had replaced the £30 free school meal food vouchers during this lockdown. These meagre parcels were widely shared online by the writer Jack Monroe and footballer Marcus Rashford.  The food the families received was estimated to be worth far less than £30, demonstrating again that this government does not prioritise those in need and implying that poorer families cannot be trusted to buy the food they need and know they are able to prepare, suggesting that they should be grateful for anything they are given. The Government has now u-turned and will be providing vouchers, and it shows that it’s up to us the public to put pressure for things to happen! Donating to food banks through online grocery shopping is a simple way for the public to donate and support families in our communities. Please sign my petition to urge Sainsburys to make this happen!

Chloe Withers
63,080 supporters
Petitioning Walmart, Target, Sainsbury, Tesco, Whole Foods, CVS Pharmacy, Amazon

Supermarkets, stop calling period products “feminine hygiene”. #RenameDontShame

Supermarkets, we want you to #RenameDontShame We want to see supermarkets and retailers in the UK and North America commit to tackling the stigma around periods. We are asking them to change their product signposting in store and online from ‘feminine hygiene’ or ‘sanitary products’, to ‘period products’ or ‘menstrual products’. The use of the terms ‘sanitary products’ or ‘feminine hygiene products’ suggests there is something unsanitary or unhygienic about having a period when this is not the case. Avoiding terms like ‘period’ and ‘menstruation’, as though they are shameful, upholds the very real stigma around this natural bodily function. This stigma affects people’s quality of life, every day.As well as this, the word ‘feminine’ assumes that all people who have periods are feminine. This is not the case – trans men and non-binary people can have periods too. The use of the term ‘feminine hygiene’ suggests you need to have a period to be ‘feminine’, when trans women and plenty of cis women don’t have periods.We think it’s time our society ditched the code words and started calling it what it is – a period. Then we can begin to have a mature and respectful conversation about the biology behind menstruation and remove some of the shame from the subject.If supermarkets commit to making this small but powerful change, they will be sending an important message – periods are not dirty and they are not something to be ashamed of!Why is this important?Around 26% of the global population have periods every month*. Having a period is a very normal part of life for a lot of people. Despite this, there is still very little honest, public conversation about the reality of having a period, meaning that people who have periods are made to feel shame from when they first enter puberty.48% of girls in the UK report feeling ‘embarrassed’ about their periods, and this figure rises to 56% when they reach the age of 14**. In the US, 58% of women have felt embarrassment from their period*** Who has already made the change?New Zealand’s supermarket chain, Countdown, has sparked an international conversation about this issue, by being the first to change the name of their product aisles4. Multiple online retailers have taken the initiative in the UK, such as Abel and Cole, and Ethical Superstore – but so far, no physical retailer has made the change in the UK, nor in North America. Who are Natracare? Natracare was created in 1989 as a campaign to shake up the period protection industry and provide an eco-friendly alternative to the chemical and plastic laden products that dominated the market. Natracare campaigns for healthy people, healthy products and a healthy planet. You can learn more about this issue on the Natracare blog at* ** *** ****  

18,418 supporters
Stop supermarkets using non-recyclable plastic

Dear Lexi, Thank you for taking the time to write to us. While we do need some plastics on foods to help keep them fresh and to help avoid food waste, we share your worries about plastic and the effect it is having on the environment and we want to reassure you that we are committed to playing our part in helping to reduce the amount that we use. We have a target to reduce our use of plastic packaging by 50 per cent by 2025. We’re also working towards our commitment of making 100% of our plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2023. We have already achieved a variety of things which are helping us to remove, reduce, replace and recycle plastic. For example, we have removed and replaced difficult to recycle plastic including black plastic, PVC, and Polystyrene from our own brand packaging. We have removed plastic from a range of products as well – eliminating plastic straws from our own-brand range of lunchbox juice cartons, which means that we have removed 18.5 million plastic straws each year. We have also replaced plastic with pulp trays for all our own-brand eggs, removing 237 tonnes of plastic and removed plastic wrap from tea boxes, removing 17 tonnes. Our online deliveries no longer use plastic bags and you won’t find any single use plastic bags in our fruit and veg aisles in store either. We also want to make it easier for our customers, like you, to recycle. To support this, this year we rolled out a flexible plastic recycling scheme to help everyone recycle plastic packaging which you can’t pop in your recycling bin at home. This means that you can bring back any flexible plastic packaging such as salad bags, crisp packets and food pouches, to any Sainsbury’s supermarket and we will recycle it for you. All of our plastic clothing hangers are made with 100% recycled material, and you can also leave the hangers behind when you purchase clothing from our stores to enable us to recycle them. These steps have helped us to remove hundreds of tonnes of plastic so far and the majority of our own brand plastic packaging is either classified as widely recycled, can be locally recycled at collection points or can be recycled by bringing back to our supermarkets. We know we still have a way to go but we hope this shows you that we’re committed to making a difference.

5 months ago
Sainsbury’s: don’t ditch Fairtrade!

Thank you for contacting us about our Fairly Traded pilot on tea and the very important issue of how best to support our farmers, growers and their communities across the world. Firstly, you may be surprised to hear that I’m pleased so many of you have signed this petition. It shows the strength of feeling that exists for businesses to source ethically and sustainably. I also welcome the opportunity to respond and set the record straight. At Sainsbury’s ethical and sustainable sourcing has always been, and remains, at the heart of our business. We believe we have a responsibility to our farmers, their families and communities to provide them with the very best long-term support to build strong and resilient businesses and continuously improve their quality of life. And we don’t just say this. We act on it – day in, day out, by always listening to our farmers to understand their views and concerns and by always seeking to stay ahead of issues and develop new approaches where we believe they will create positive impact. Major concerns for our farmers today include the increasing impact of climate change on their crops, intensifying global competition, geo-political uncertainty and being disconnected from the end market for their crops. These are severely affecting their businesses and communities and put their quality of life at risk. In response to these escalating concerns we announced a new pilot project in May, called Fairly Traded, a trial which involves working closely with our tea farmers and their communities in East Africa to see if we can together better address these issues with a new approach – an approach that remains based on the 10 principles of Fair Trade but builds on existing models. The pilot approach will deliver the same or more financial benefits as those offered under the Fairtrade model, including an absolute guarantee of the minimum price and matched level of social premium for farmers to invest in their businesses and communities – but crucially, it also provides new benefits, such as long-term commitments of up to 3 years as well as access to enhanced data, information and expert support on the ground – tailored to their individual needs. If you would like to know more about how Fairly Traded works just visit But also please allow me to directly address the questions and concerns raised by this petition: • Firstly, we’re not making any more money because of this change. The pilot will be cost neutral and, if anything, will cost Sainsbury’s more to operate. Our customers will also see no change in the price of tea. However our farmers, their families and communities will see significant extra benefits and support. And that’s what truly matters. • All of our farmers involved in the pilot are wholly supportive. They can see the potential benefits of the combination of increased funding and additional support that our scheme will provide. If you see criticism of the pilot from farmers, I can assure they are not farmers who supply Sainsbury’s and as such are not farmers involved in the pilot scheme. • It’s also really important to state that we’re guaranteeing our farmers exactly the same level of funding as the existing scheme, and we expect to increase this funding further. The way the application process has been described is also misleading. As you would expect the scheme has safeguards in place to ensure that this funding is received by those it is intended for, but it is absolutely our farmers’ money for them to invest in their businesses and communities. No funding is being removed – if anything it will increase. • We’ve also had some questions about the Standards we are working to. These have been co-authored by leading Standards agency, SAI Global, and peer-reviewed by 50 independent experts. Our Standards will be independently audited by NSF International to the highest levels and we will publish the results annually. This goes beyond the requirements of the existing Fairtrade model. • We have been discussing this pilot with the Fairtrade Foundation for over two years and have always sought to collaborate on the development programme. Our door remains open to our long-standing partner to further discuss working together on the pilot for the best interests of our farmers, their families and communities. We remain the world’s biggest retailer of Fairtrade products. • Farmers in the developing world are facing unprecedented challenges. More of the same just isn’t enough anymore. As our ambition is to go above and beyond what farmers, their families and communities currently receive, isn’t it a positive step to try something new? Our pilot is exactly that, a pilot, and testing a new approach cannot be a bad thing. The work we’re doing is based on 10 plus years of experience with our Farm Development Groups in the UK and through our Fair Development Fund work with Comic Relief. I would urge you to wait to see what results we can deliver before making judgments. • One final point, we do not pretend to have all the answers to the complex issues that our farmers and growers are facing. But we do have their full support to launch this trial and test what can be done to provide an even better future for some of the world’s poorest communities. I think it must be recognised that the easy choice by far in these resource constrained times would be for Sainsbury’s to maintain the status quo. But, put simply, we don’t see more of the same as an option in the face of the escalating challenges facing our farmers and their communities. That’s why we’ve launched our Fairly Traded tea pilot, and that’s why we ask to be judged on our results. Best wishes, Mike Coupe Group Chief Executive Sainsbury's PLC

5 years ago