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Petitioning John Durkan, Grant O'Brien,,, Coles

Implement Special Needs Trolleys throughout all Coles and Woolworths Stores

I’m the mother of a 3 year old boy with cerebral palsy. I’m asking Coles and Woolworths to introduce special needs trolleys at all their stores, like big supermarkets do overseas, so we can get on with our lives instead of fighting to do the simple things! When I asked at my local Woolworths and Coles if I could use their Special Needs trolley, Woolworths flat out said they won’t be getting one, and Coles are going to take 2 months (it's been over 2 months now!) Mikey is a beautiful kid. As he’s growing, he continues to wear a leg brace because of his Cerebral Palsy - and there’s no way he can use the ordinary trolleys.  His condition means he tires easily and so needs the support of a safe and supported trolley. This should be an easy thing - these companies are huge.  In the grand scheme of things, getting at least one of these trolleys at every store has to be achievable.  And it would make such a huge difference for families like mine.  It’d mean we can have the choice to shop at any of their stores, just like anyone else would. As it is, like most families, I squeeze groceries in between caring for my family, part-time work and running a household, but on top of that, when you’re caring for a child with disability and/or chronic conditions, you need to fit in therapy and hospital visits too.  I need to be able to rely on the fact that I can just drop into a supermarket and there’s going to be a trolley he can use there - without it taking 2 months of lobbying and begging to get it done! Please sign my petition asking Coles and Woolworths to introduce special needs trolleys at all their stores.  Just like other big supermarkets have started doing overseas.  It won’t cost them much, but it’ll mean the world of difference for families like mine and make life that bit easier.

Kelly Wilton
37,751 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
18,978 supporters
Petitioning Woolworths

Woolworths: Stop selling unsafe "infant beverages" to 6-month-old babies

Woolworths is selling a new range of "infant beverages" to babies as young as 6 months old. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the "Bebi” drinks on the shelf at Woolworths. As well as having an 18-month-old daughter Holly, I’m actually a midwife -- and these drinks drive me crazy. Babies that young shouldn’t be drinking fruit juice; it’s just setting them up for lifelong problems like obesity and tooth decay. It also goes against the advice of almost every doctor, midwife, dentist and child health nurse, AND our national dietary guidelines. Unsuspecting parents will fall for the 'convenience' without realising that they violate just about every bit of medical advice out there. I know this will happen, because I see it all the time in many other areas that involve women’s and infant health. Bebi isn’t the only one doing this, but it’s the worst I’ve seen when it comes to targeting young babies. The bottle even comes with a teat -- because they know babies that young can’t actually drink any other way. I’m tired of multi-million dollar companies exploiting young children with no regard for their health, best practice evidence or health guidelines. That’s why I’m asking Woolworths to stop contributing to this by stocking the drinks. If they hear from hundreds their customers, I know they’ll listen rather than risk losing business. If you'd like to give Woolworths your feedback, their Facebook page is here: Here are some links with more information:

Jessica Williams
12,807 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, Lily D'Ambrosio, Coles, Woolworths

Ban small soft plastics used for meat and fruit

A ban on lightweight plastic bags across Victoria will be rolled out by the end of 2019 however smaller bags used for fruit, vegetables and meat will be exempt, along with larger garbage bags, heavier plastic bags and animal waste bags. The ban applies to bags used by retail stores, takeaway shops and small supermarkets.  These small bags used for fruits are just as harmful to the environment as their larger counter parts. The government has acknowledged this and said “While we would like to eventually eliminate the use of all plastic bags in Victoria, we want to be sure we have appropriate alternatives in place first”.  All the government is doing is pushing the ban of these bags further back. In the mean time single use plastic bags and other plastic items are destroying our environment. These plastics are designed to be used once and then discarded. This 'throwaway' model of consumer goods has created a global pollution crisis which is directly impacting the health of our environment, marine wildlife, oceans and human health and it's everyone's responsibility to take action.   When plastic is exposed to UV it becomes brittle and subject to “fragmentation”. Over time disposable plastic items exposed to the elements will break up into micro plastics (smaller than 5mm) where they are more likely to enter the food chain. Traditional single-use plastic items do not biodegrade or decompose and will persist in the environment indefinitely. Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 mammals die every year as a result of plastic ingestion and entanglement. Plankton is ingesting plastic which then “bioaccumulates” up the food chain as it is eaten by larger sea creatures until it reaches the seafood that humans consume which may result in an alarming health crisis. The small bags of plastic used for fruits and meat still have this effect, they are no different to the plastic bags that we used to see in supermarkets. All you need to do is Google “plastic killing animals” to see the physical damage they do. You’ll notice the majority of the affected animals tend to be sea creatures like turtles, seals, and seabirds. In 2013 in Spain, scientists found a dead sperm whale and determined its cause of death was intestinal blockage. In its digestive system were 59 pieces of plastic waste totaling 37 pounds in weight. Sea turtles are now ingesting twice the plastic they were 25 years ago. In total, it is estimated that ingestion of plastic kills 1 million marine birds and 100,000 marine animals each year. All of this damage by signal use plastics is still the same when it comes to small soft plastic. This damage has to stop.

Evan Giasoumi
2,563 supporters
Petitioning Coca-Cola, CCA, Coca-Cola Amatil, Cascade , Woolworths, Coles, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets

Don't remove Cascade Blackcurrant cordial from the shelves.

In early 2014, Coca Cola changed the recipe of Tasmania’s favourite drink after purchasing Cascade non-alcoholic brands in 2012. After much petitioning, Coca Cola changed the recipe back to something almost identical to the original but with less sugar. After a comparison between the original and the new recipe, we find that the latest product is almost identical to the original - delicious. Unfortunately, few consumers are aware that a change has been made to return Cascade Ultra-C to taste like the original Tasmanian syrup and as a result no longer purchase Cascade Ultra-C. Sales of Cascade Blackcurrant Cordial have now dropped to the point where they have been wiped from the shelves of Coles, with the Cascade Syrup range being deleted nationally due to the supermarket “not having enough shelf space”. Woolworths could likely soon to follow suit. Once Cascade Blackcurrant Cordial is off the shelves in both Woolworths and Coles, production of the product would most likely be completely ceased by Coca Cola. Upon removal of Cascade Ultra-C from nation-wide shelves, the Tasmanian community will be left with only Cordial Syrups like Ribena, which is Malaysian made using imported Fruits. Contrastingly, Cascade Blackcurrant cordial is made in Australia using 100% Tasmanian fruits, utilising the best of Tasmanian produce and creating jobs and sustaining business within Tasmanian. If you are a true fan of Tasmanian Blackcurrant Cordial and love the original taste, sign and share this petition and go to Woolworths and get yourself a bottle. Without the help of The Tasmanian community, this quintessential Tasmanian product could be gone forever. If you are a true fan of Tasmanian Blackcurrant Cordial, sign and share this petition and go to Woolworths and get yourself a bottle. Without the help of The Tasmanian community this quintessential Tasmanian product could be gone forever.  

David Lennon
1,952 supporters
Stop wrapping small portions of herbs, vegetables and fruit in plastic and styrofoam.

Thank you for contacting Woolworths to provide your feedback on plastic packaging. We are committed to reducing our use of plastic packaging and we are working hard to address products in our range that are over-packaged. We have trials underway to remove or reduce plastic packaging on 28 fresh produce lines such as tomatoes, lettuce and sweet potatoes. Over the last few months we have removed plastic packaging from organic spring onions, celery, kale and english spinach lines removing 25.2 tonnes of plastic packaging in our stores. Some packaging​ will continue to be​ ​used to preserve the life of a product throughout the supply chain and to extend the shelf​ ​life of products in store and in the home. This is an important factor in cutting down food waste. To help support our customers in recycling packaging, all our stores will also be offering flexible plastic recycling by June 30, 2018 via the RedCycle program. This is a closed loop recycling solution where customers can return soft plastic packaging which are recycled by our recycling partners. We are also the first supermarket retailer to commence and commit to applying the Australasian Recycling Label on our own brand products to help make it easier for customers to understand how to recycle packaging correctly. We'll continue to work with our suppliers and remain fully committed to actively pursuing packaging alternatives that reduce the amount of plastic we use and improving the recyclability of our packaging.

1 year ago