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Supermarkets: Stop using plastic bags, reduce waste, protect our environment & wildlife.


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Collectively we use and discard over 1 TRILLION plastic bags each year, they take 1000s of years to decay, they are the second most common ocean waste (cigarette butts being the first) and they harm thousands of species of ocean wildlife each year (In each square mile of ocean there is estimated to be 40,000+ pieces of plastic floating!).

When I was a child in Bangladesh, a bottle of Coca Cola cost 14 Taka, if you returned the bottle you would receive 7 Taka back. The problem of pollution from such bottles was solved almost overnight. The poor collected them, customers drank outside the store and returned the bottle and some companies employed people to collect the bottles in return for an income.

I'm asking all major supermarkets to stop using cheap plastic bags altogether.  In time, better, environmentally friendly alternatives will be used. Supermarkets should encourage people with better incentives to reuse more environmentally friendly bags. The 5p charge for bags has had good results, but our bins are still full of bags, as are our oceans. 

Though a small part of the solution, biodegradable plastics are not the answer, they require certain environmental conditions to break down and contain within them toxic chemicals. They also linger in the seas and on land for hundreds of years before breaking down. As a lover of wildlife and our green spaces, I cannot stress the importance of such a campaign.

The ubiquitous problem of plastic in our rivers, canal systems and eventually in our seas will not be solved by these biodegradable plastics. They simply do not break down as easily as previously thought and this is not a sustainable alternative to reducing plastic production and recycling. For a long time we thought this was the answer, but we must accept we were wrong.

The production of plastic exceeded 300m tonnes in 2014 and this figure is expected to rise to over 2000m tonnes by 2050. 

The effects are far reaching and complex, but we've all seen moorhen and coot nests piled high with rubbish, beautiful sea creatures trapped in plastic, albatross and all forms of sea life dying due to consumption of plastics in one form or another. That's the clearly visible bit, far worse damage is done at a microbial level. This is not mere rhetoric, microbial epidemiology and pollution genomics show startling levels of pollution on land and in our oceans.

Ask yourself a simple question: "Do I want my children growing up in a world where pollution is the norm? Where, despite all our efforts to feed them healthy, naturally sourced foods, we expose them to unnecessary pollutants. Pollutants that cause cancer among several other ailments and illnesses.

I grew up being educated by the programmes of Sir David Attenborough. I want my daughter to grow up in a better, cleaner world. I want her to watch the same programmes as I did and thank those who worked towards saving this beautiful blue and green planet we call home. I want her to see the world the same as it was, the world shown to us in the wildlife documentaries I've watched my entire life. I want her to see the campaigns fought and the positive results. I want her to see the wishes of Sir Attenborough and like minded people, yourselves included, come true.

This should be a common concern of all mankind.

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This petition will be delivered to:
  • Sainsbury's
  • The Green Party
    Caroline Lucas MP
  • Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
    Theresa May MP
  • Supermarket
  • Supermarket
  • Supermarket
  • Supermarket
  • Supermarket
  • Celebrity Chef, Entrepreneur, Business Owner
    Jamie Oliver
  • TV Presenter, Environmental Campaigner
    David Attenborough
  • Supermarket
  • Supermarket
  • Environmental organisation

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