Call for supermarkets in Malaysia to reduce plastic footprint

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Petition for supermarkets in Malaysia - AEON, Village Grocer & B.I.G., Cold Storage, Hero Market, Giant, Jason’s Food Hall, Jaya Grocer, Mercato, NSK, Tesco, and others – to reduce plastic footprint

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When plastics degrade, their toxic particles contaminate both land and sea, which eventually enter our food and water. Plastic debris also acts like a sponge for toxic chemicals hence contain concentration of often-deadly compounds, harmful to both animals and human.

We call for urgent and immediate action by supermarkets to eliminate non-recyclable plastic and reduce/eliminate single-use plastic packaging.

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SOME FACTS ABOUT PLASTIC POLLUTION

1/ 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced since plastic was introduced in the 1950s.*

2/ 8 million metric tons (i.e. 8 billion kilograms) of plastic winds up in our oceans each year.*

3/ Nearly 2 million single-use plastic bags are distributed worldwide every minute.*

4/ 1 million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world. Less than half of those bottles end up getting recycle.*

5/ If plastic production isn’t curbed, plastic pollution will outweigh fish pound for pound by 2050.*

6/ 40% of plastic produced is packaging, used just once and then discarded.

7/ The average Malaysian uses 300 plastic bags per year (Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association). Shoppers in Denmark use an average of four plastic bags a year.#

8/ Global plastic production:#

    1950 – 2.3 million tons

    2015 – 448 million tons

9/ Nearly 1 million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute around the world.#

10/ About 8% of the world’s oil production is used to make plastic and power the manufacturing of it.#

11/ A person uses a plastic carrier bag on average for only 12 minutes.+

12/ Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute.+

* https://www.earthday.org/2018/03/07/fact-sheet-end-plastic-pollution/

^ https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/plastics-facts-infographics-ocean-pollution/ 

# https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/plastics-facts-infographics-ocean-pollution/

+ https://conservingnow.com/plastic-bag-consumption-facts/

IMPACT

- Plastics take up to 100-500 years depending on the composition of the plastic. 

- Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade – breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits.

- A plastic bag can take between 400 to 1,000 years to break down in the environment.

- As it breaks down, plastic particles contaminate soil and waterways and enter the food web when animals accidentally ingest them.

- In some ocean locations, there is 46 times more plastic than available food for marine animals.

- Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year.

- Nearly 90% of the debris in our oceans is plastic.

- Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to the nonprofit Center for Marine Conservation.

Plastic debris accumulates persistent organic pollutants (POPs) like PCBˆˆ and DDTˆˆ at high concentrations. Many of these pollutants are known endocrine disruptors. 

- When fish and other marine animals ingest plastic debris, they are also ingesting these toxins.

- If the food we eat is contaminated with toxins, we will be too.

https://conservingnow.com/plastic-bag-consumption-facts/

ˆˆ(Studies show that PCB affects intellectual development and are toxic to the immune system, reproductive organs, and thyroid; while DDT is harmful to the nervous system and is a probably human carcinogen. https://toxicfreefuture.org/science/ chemicals-of-concern/pcbs-and-ddt/)

A recent research showed that billions of people around the globe are drinking water contaminated with plastic particles (The Guardian).

SUPERMARKETS TAKING ACTION

#PlasticFreeAisle Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza has a new “plastic-free” aisle that allows customers to buy around 700 items – meat, sauces, produce, yogurt, snacks, cereal, drinks, enough for a week’s worth of groceries – but nothing is packaged in conventional plastic.

No hiding behind recycling In the UK, grocery retailers are responsible for roughly 40% of all plastic packaging. By targeting supermarket shelves, the #PlasticFreeAisle campaign aims to get to the heart of the problem — and not hide behind a plastic recycling band-aid. Recycling is often touted as the answer to pollution, yet the vast majority of the 300 million tons of plastic produced globally each year are not recyclable. Incineration is also a highly compromised solution to plastic pollution, as it releases poisonous chemicals like dioxin, with studies noting higher cancer rates in areas close to waste incinerators.

http://www.dw.com/en/plastic-free-supermarket-aisles-see-anti-waste-go-mainstream/a-42774352

UK - industry-wide initiative to transform packaging and reduce avoidable plastic waste. UK supermarkets are a major source of plastic waste - producing almost 1 million tonnes a year. (www.greenpeace.co.uk). Most of the UK’s largest supermarkets signed up to support the UK Plastics Pact – an industry-wide initiative which says it aims to transform packaging  and reduce avoidable plastic waste. Learn about how supermarkets in the UK like Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, and Marks & Spencer tackle plastic pollution: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42652937 

Greenpeace UK suggests retailers should:

§  Eliminate all non-recyclable plastics from own brand products

§  Remove single-use plastic packaging for own brand products

§  Trial dispensers and refillable containers for own brand items like shampoos, house cleaning products, beverages

§  Push national brand suppliers to eliminate non-recyclable plastics and to stop using single use plastic packaging

§  Install free water fountains in-store and water re-fill stations

§  Support deposit return schemes in-store

§  Trial reusable packaging and product refills via home deliveries

(www.bbc.com)

Australia Learn about how supermarkets in Australia like Woolworths and Coles tackle plastic pollution: http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-06-04/coles-pledges-to-wrap-plastic-use-woolworths-bans-straws/9831644

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Toxic plastic particles cause harm to the ecosystem, animals and human. 

We call for urgent and immediate action by supermarkets to eliminate non-recyclable plastic and reduce/eliminate single-use plastic packaging.

* Every vote / petition counts *

 Please sign and share this petition today. Thank you.

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