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Petitioning Dave Lewis, Tesco

Tell Tesco: Stop selling disposable plastic straws!

Over 500 million plastic straws are produced in the US alone every single day, only to be used for a few minutes before being thrown in the bin or littered. Eventually, millions of these straws end up in our oceans,  harming our sea life - as seen in a cringe-inducing video that's gone viral, where a team of scientists pull an entire plastic straw from the nostril of a sea turtle whilst it winces in pain and bleeds. Whilst our fast food restaurants like Mcdonalds and Wetherspoons are being called on, Tesco is the market leader of supermarkets in the UK and are responsible for selling huge amounts of plastic straws. They've already taken positive steps to combat plastic waste; this year announcing they would switch their plastic cotton bud stems to paper - now it's time for us to tell Tesco to lead the way again and switch out plastic straws to one of the many alternative and environmentally friendly options.  Whilst straws are a necessity to some people, there are several alternatives to plastic straws that can be sold in our supermarkets instead, such as paper, bamboo or metal straws which can be reused or recycled, and don't end up in our oceans and landfill as plastic waste. It is said, there are enough plastic straws to wrap around the earth's circumference 2.5 times a day, and if we don't act fast enough, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. Tesco hold the power in their hands to step up and lead the way as the market leader of supermarkets. Please sign this petition to tell Tesco to stop selling disposable plastic straws and instead offer an environmentally friendly alternative and start saving wildlife. Let's put the pressure on and make them ditch the plastic!  Sincerely, Clare

Clare Jones
272,448 supporters
Petitioning Procter & Gamble, Premier, Essity , Kimberly-Clark, Tesco, Sainsbury, MORRISONS , aldi, Lidl, Superdrug, boots, The Co-Operative, Waitrose, Walmart

Make all Sanitary Products Biodegradable

Each year 200,000 tonnes of sanitary products including pads, tampons and panty liners are put into landfill in the UK. With around 90% of each sanitary product being plastic, these products are constantly being produced and disposed of and they can be toxic to the environment. We need to stop them being harmful, and stop them having a permanent life on this planet. [1] Some sanitary pads contain up to four plastic bags worth of plastic., that's around 90% of each sanitary product. These products are constantly being produced and disposed of and they can be toxic to the environment. [2] That’s why I’m calling on the companies that make Tampax, Always, Bodyform, Kotex and Lil-lets and supermarkets to make plastic free and biodegradable sanitary products. Women will always need access to sanitary products. Each woman uses an average of 11,000 disposable menstrual products in her reproductive lifetime. Why can't they be convenient, reliable and eco-friendly? There are already companies out there making products better for the environment like Natracare, producing eco-friendly sanitary products. As a woman myself, I'd hate to think of my menstrual pads and tampons, having an everlasting impact on our planet and wildlife. These products don't need to be plastic, which is why I am petitioning to put an end to this unnecessary waste. Please sign and share Thank you for supporting the campaign, Ella References: [1] [2]

Ella Daish
103,036 supporters
Petitioning Tesco

Tesco: Ditch palm oil in your own-brand products!

My name is Oscar, I’m 15 and I want to do everything I can to protect our environment. I was really upset and angry when I found out about the huge deforestation that is involved in the palm oil industry, and that’s why I’m calling on Tesco to ditch palm oil from their own-brand products. Iceland has already banned palm oil from their own brand products, so we know that this is possible for Tesco too. As the largest supermarket in the UK (and using over 40,000 tonnes of palm oil every year!), Tesco has an opportunity to set an example to other supermarkets and food producers that destroying swathes of forests for palm oil is not acceptable. I run a online cause called ‘Justice4Earth’ (@justice4earth on Instagram and @justice4earth on Twitter) where I raise awareness about environmental issues. I found out that palm oil is literally everywhere: from shampoos, toothpastes and detergents to sandwiches, chocolate, biscuits and biofuel. And it’s one of the most environmentally-damaging industries: this is because the production of palm oil means trees are destroyed - in 2015 alone it was responsible for the clearing of over 66,000 square miles of rainforest worldwide. The global hotspot for palm oil production is Indonesia, where the clearing of rainforest for plantations (at a rate of one football field every 20 seconds!) is driving many animals such as the Orangutan into extinction. Tackling the palm oil industry is critical in saving our rainforests. Tesco should remove palm oil from their own-brand products, and only reintroduce it when there is a legitimate, environmentally sustainable palm oil product. Please sign my petition to call on Tesco to ditch palm oil and find an environmentally sustainable alternative.

Oscar Glancy
80,351 supporters
Petitioning Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose , Lidl, Coop Food, Iceland, Marks & Spencer, asda, aldi, MORRISONS

Free the Banana: Say no to plastic packaging!

We at the Free the Banana movement want to ask the UK's major supermarkets to stop selling bananas in plastic packaging! We lie at a crossroads, where if we continue to use plastics to the degree we do, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050... Bananas do not belong in plastic bags! Their skins are their own natural wrappers, that protect the banana from damage; they come in bunches, so don't need a bag to aid their carrying or storage; and everyone can judge how ripe a banana is, so losing use-by dates would not be an issue. What's more, bananas sold in bags are more expensive per kilogram than loose ones! Need more convincing?  In the UK, every year we consume 5 billion bananas! That's roughly 10kg per person, or 20 bunches, or...1 billion bags of bananas! These plastic bags alone equate to just under 2,000 tonnes of plastic each year, or 165 full double-decker buses!  This must be stopped. Sign this petition and we can ask, as a nation, our supermarkets to make this simple and sustainable change to Free the Banana, and ditch pointless plastic packaging! Thank you,  Will     

William Farr
71,582 supporters
Petitioning Tesco

Supermarkets to sell or make larger nappies for children with additional support needs

This petition is to ask supermarkets in the UK to provide or manufacture larger nappies for children with additional support needs, or children who are later to potty train.     This request is in addition to the continence service, which provides nappies for parents of disabled children who are incontinent. Despite this beneficial service, there is huge demand for larger nappies as the service varies throughout the UK in terms of eligibility, referral age, waiting time and the number of nappies provided.     As a result of this, parents are forced to buy online when they are either ineligible or simply require more nappies. These nappies come at a price and of course, you have to wait for delivery. To be able to go in to a supermarket and buy larger sizes would benefit many families, mine included.     My son Brody is 4 years old. He is primarily undiagnosed with Global Development Delay, Autism, Epilepsy, hypotonia and hypermobility. He is non-verbal and not yet potty trained. He wears the largest size of nappy (6+) from Tesco and this is now too small.   I posted on Tesco's facebook page regarding this last year (Nov 15) and the response to date from others has been great in terms of support and understanding. You can find the post here   However, I am now asking all supermarkets to please consider this.     In addition, I know a lot of us would love to see supermarkets sell bigger swimming nappies, so if they could consider this as well that would be great.   Here are some of the articles/blogs on this campaign so far, which is explain it all in more detail...   The Mighty Virgin Carers Club Huffington Post Firefly Community Scope PosAbility Magazine ERIC Family Fund  Special Needs Jungle Mummy Pages GB Baby Centre UK Playpennies Bargain Hub **** Thanks for your support! You can find me on Twitter @LauraRutherford and Facebook at Brody, Me & GDD    

Laura Rutherford
18,415 supporters
Petitioning Tesco

Tesco - Let's see non-plastic water alternatives in your stores!

Hello. We’re sisters Amy and Ella Meek; we’re 14 and 12 years old. We founded our campaign Kids Against Plastic (after studying the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development) to tackle the growing issue of plastic pollution. One of Kids Against Plastic's goals is to get UK supermarkets, like TESCO, to stock non-plastic water alternatives. Our petition has been started to give consumers the option to buy water packaged in more sustainable wrapping than single-use plastic bottles - an option we widely lack in the UK currently. But why avoid single-use plastic, in particular plastic bottles? Every day, the Earth's valuable and depleting virgin non-renewable resources are used in the manufacture of single-plastic bottles that are filled with water for sale in our supermarkets. These plastic bottles are having a catastrophic effect on the planet, as you've probably seen yourself in the news. They stay around on the planet FOREVER, never biodegrading, taking the lives of thousands of innocent sea creatures annually. The big bottled water players try to cover this up. They convince us that their bottles are made from recycled plastic. They're not - the 'fully recyclable' logo is a massive red-herring. Bottled water is widely unnecessary in the UK, due to our safe tap water. But, if environmentally conscious consumers want to purchase water from the supermarkets, they are not even given the option to make responsible choices. Yep, none of the main supermarket chains currently widely stock non-plastic bottled water alternatives, despite the fact that there are a growing number of reputable sources available: Vivid Water in a Box, Aquapax, CanO Water and Ugly Water. Instead, their shelves are full of row upon row of single-use plastic bottles.  So, let's make this change. Please don’t leave us – the future generation – with a problem on our hands that it is too late to fix. Make Tesco change now, and then others will follow. Thanks for reading, and for caring.

Amy and Ella
10,531 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's, Sainsbury, Tesco, Theresa May MP

Limit excess packaging from being used in products.

Currently, the world uses over 300 million tonnes of plastic a year. This eventually ends up in our oceans, killing not only sea turtles, but hundreds of different species a year. Unfortunently, alot of the plastic waste is completely unnessesary. For example, children's toys are covered in layers of excess plastic, as well as certain fast food chains. These companies are some of the biggest culprets of plastic waste. We want to encourage companies to limit this excess plastic, to make it easier to clean up our oceans and our polluted environment.  

Libby Newman
6,029 supporters
Petitioning Tesco, Sainsbury

Reduce plastic packaging in supermarkets

Every bit of synthetic plastic that's ever been produced is still somewhere on our planet. We have created a very close relationship with plastic; it’s in the fish we eat, and the water we drink. In 2016, the global production of plastics reached 335 million metric tons, with 60 million metric tons produced in Europe alone. Currently, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, and it is predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish.  It is time to change our relationship with plastic... recycling is not enough. We need to reduce plastic production and consumption. Supermarkets need to be held accountable for the role they play in this cycle. Tesco, Sainsbury’s, let’s clear our oceans, and our bodies, by reducing the packaging on fruits and vegetables.  As responsible consumers and citizens, we demand all supermarkets take leadership by reducing plastic packaging for the prosperity, and survival of our living home: the planet!  Thank you

Sophie Janet
5,314 supporters
Petitioning Denis Naughten

BAN non-recyclable plastic packaging for fruit & veg in Irish supermarkets

Let's BAN the use of disposable, non-recyclable plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables in Irish supermarkets! WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Our planet is drowning in a sea of plastic. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. [1] This is having a devastating effect on sea birds and marine life. Single use, disposable plastic packaging is largely to blame. When this plastic breaks down into smaller particles and is ingested by marine life it ends up in the human food chain, affecting our hormones, our liver and causing cancer.    As most plastics take between 500-1000 years to fully break down, virtually every single piece of plastic ever made still exists in some form. 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans each year – this is the equivalent of lining up 5 shopping bags of plastic rubbish on every foot of coastline around the entire globe. San Francisco has already banned the sale of single use plastic bottles. France has become the first country to ban the use of all disposable plastic cutlery, plates and cups. Similar bans on disposable plastics have taken place in Morocco, in Ethiopia and in parts of India.  WHAT ABOUT IRELAND? Many people assume that the plastic packaging on our fruits and vegetables from supermarkets can go straight into the green bin and be recycled. THEY ARE WRONG. Look carefully - that thin, clear plastic film containing our spinach leaves, carrots, courgettes and apples is usually clearly marked 'NOT CURRENTLY RECYCLABLE'. 83% of all fruit and vegetables in Lidl are packaged in single use, non-recyclable plastics. LIDl Ireland produces an average of 4,611,880 disposable plastic bags per year FOR AUBERGINES ALONE. (That’s 12,670 completely unnecessary plastic bags ending up in landfill per day, for one vegetable, from one supermarket chain.) A staggering quarter of a billion (250,000,000) non-recyclable plastic bags are produced by Lidl Ireland every single year, JUST for their fruit and vegetable packaging.  And those are the figures for just one supermarket chain. The toll that this unnecessary, excessive and wasteful plastic packaging is having on the earth is devastating. WHAT CAN YOU DO? SIGN THE PETITION to BAN single use, disposable plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables in Irish supermarkets. SHARE this petition with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and email NAME AND SHAME! Take photos of excessive, unnecessary plastic packaging from supermarkets and post to your Facebook/Twitter demanding #PlasticFreeProduce, along side the name of the supermarket. Also tweet them to the relevant store (@lidl_ireland , @TescoIrl , @Aldi_ireland @SupervaluIRL etc.) using the hashtags #EndPlasticPlague and #StopDeathByPlastic. LOBBY politicians and government decision makers. Copy and paste THIS LETTER (or write your own) and send to your local TD’s. Find contact details for your local TD's here, and a list of emails for government ministers here. Target in particular Simon Coveney, Denis Naughten and Michael Creed.  Join the #PLASTICPOLLUTIONREVOLUTION: Send a clear message to your local supermarket by removing fruit and vegetables from their non-recyclable plastic packaging after payment and leaving it in the shop. Feel free to photograph and post with hashtags #EndPlasticPlague #StopDeathByPlastic and #PlasticPollutionRevolution.   Visit for more information. Follow us on Facebook 

End Plastic Plague Ireland
16,257 supporters
Petitioning Tesco, Sainsbury, asda

Start selling Bamboo/biodegradable toothbrushes in UK supermarkets.

It is commonly known you should replace your toothbrush once every 3 to 4 months. Which means on average, we throw away 3 to 4 toothbrushes a year. Whilst toothbrushes are small, the impact of presumably every human being in the modern world (theoretically) throwing 3 toothbrushes away every creates a substantially enormous amount of waste yearly. This could easily be solved by integrating biodegradable brushes, made from materials such as bamboo and charcoal, into every day life.  The problem is, these brushes are currently only accessible online, and whilst these can be bought from local, UK based sources/retailers, it means they're much harder for the general public to access and therefor its impact is far less stretched. By making these more readily available via supermarket chains, their impact could be far more greatly reached and would perhaps even encourage consumers who are not so familiar with the zero-waste and sustainable movements to give more environmentally-conscious options a go. Going from personal experience, many people don't even realise the wasteful impact of plastic toothbrushes, nor the fact that there are biodegradable, plant based alternatives available so having them in stores would also help create a greater awareness of their existence and allow a wider variety of consumers to have the choice to be more sustainable in their purchases. Whilst this may not be the biggest step towards reducing plastic waste, it could be the start of introducing biodegradable alternatives to single-use, throwaway and even more regularly used items to superstores, such as cutlery, straws, Tupperware and bottles. We, the consumers, have a huge voice in seeing change within this industry. We've helped change standards concerning animal testing, seen a major rise in 'sustainable' products and recyclable materials, and watched stores such as Iceland take major steps towards eradicating their plastic use. By just voicing our ideas and ethos, we can definitely help to see these changes. 

Imogen Harrison
4,264 supporters
Living Wage Should Not Mean Pay Cuts For Loyal Tesco Workers

5 May 2016 - Firstly, thank you for contacting Tesco on this issue. There's nothing more important than our colleagues, so I wanted to set out below our position on pay and reward, and how it relates to the National Living Wage. You may have seen some recent media commentary on pay for our hourly-paid UK colleagues, which has wrongly suggested that the pay deal was agreed so that we could meet the new National Living Wage. This is simply not the case – our pay and benefits package for all colleagues was already above the Living Wage and we continue our commitment to pay colleagues in the top 25% of their peer group. Earlier this year, we confirmed a pay award of up to 3.1% for 2016/17, from July 2016. The new deal was developed in partnership with USDAW, who described our new total reward package for Tesco colleagues as “one of the best in retail” and a “significant investment in pay and benefits.” As part of this deal, we agreed a simpler and fairer pay structure for the future, including one approach to premiums for everyone. While over 85% of colleagues will be better off, we recognise that some colleagues will be impacted in different ways. That's why we’re supporting colleagues who see a net reduction in their take home pay with a lump sum payment worth 18 months of the difference. Our total reward includes benefits and incentives, which includes awarding a Full UK Turnaround Bonus for over a quarter of a million colleagues; fairer and more generous holiday calculations; a second Privilege discount card and more. Taken together this means we are investing £137m more in pay and benefits this year and reinvesting a further £38m from our existing payroll, ensuring that we not only continue to offer one of the highest pay and benefits packages in retail, but one that is fair to all colleagues. Once again, thank you for raising awareness of this important issue. Best wishes, Matt Davies Tesco UK and Ireland CEO

2 years ago
Calling for trolleys designed specially for children with disability/special needs.

Hello Everyone Thanks for your emails to our office about disabled trolleys, and for letting us know how strongly you feel about this subject. I greatly appreciate that you've all come to us with your feedback, and I'm keen to address the issue from Tesco's perspective. Our customers are the most important part of our business, and we want to make each and every shopping trip something to be remembered. First impressions count, and most customers want to get a trolley that meets their needs before the shopping experience has even begun. This being the case, we currently have a range of different types of trolley available across our stores, and I'm pleased to say that specialist disabled trolleys are indeed one of them. Depending on the format and size, each of our Super and Extra stores are equipped with up to 5 small wheelchair trolleys, 7 large wheelchair trolleys and up to 3 specialist disabled child trolleys with large seat. We also feel it's important that our trolley fleet is regularly maintained, to make sure that they're safe, clean, and in good working order for our customers. In addition to this, stores from Metro format all the way up to the large Extra stores, are all issued with standard wheelchairs, with most Superstores and all Extra stores also having mobility scooters available too. Feedback is taken seriously at Tesco, and I'd like to assure everyone that your passion for this subject is very well received. I hope that I've managed to provide some further insight about our commitment to Tesco being accessible to all. If Ms Aileen Kiernan that created the petition would like to get in touch with me directly, advising which specific stores have raised her concern, I'd be more than happy to look into this. I can be contacted on - please put FAO Ewan Small in the subject line. Thank you once again for contacting our office. Kind regards Ewan Small Customer Service Executive

4 years ago