Make low waste shopping options available in major supermarkets!

Make low waste shopping options available in major supermarkets!

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Kate Melanie started this petition to Coles and

We want the two major Australian supermarkets to change their merchandising format to one that allows ordinary, busy, Australian people and families to have easy access to more environmentally friendly and plastic free shopping options - such as unpackaged organic produce, biodegradable packaging alternatives, bulk dispensers for dry goods, and the option to purchase other basic items such as cleaning and self care products, meat, fish and deli items with reusable containers. Where possible, we also want the supermarkets to use their higher purchasing power to ensure that these options are sold at realistic price points.

Not everybody has access to a boutique bulk store, or an organic grocer, and not everyone has the time to make multiple trips every week, in order to do their grocery shopping in a sustainable way. The prices in these stores are also unrealistically high for many ordinary Australian families. If we want to effect real change, then sustainable shopping options MUST be made easily accessible within the purchasing channels that consumers are already using. They need to be practical and achievable for busy customers and they need to be at a price point that people can afford. 

Using recycled plastic in product lines is a good start, but plastic can only be recycled a few times before the quality is too poor to reuse. Recycled plastic packaging can still end up in the eco system too, so this is not really the solution, and we must instead look to alternatives such as reusable containers or biodegradable packaging materials whenever possible.

One supermarket in the UK, Waitrose, has already run a very successful trial called Waitrose Unpacked (see links below), removing plastic packaging from many of its lines, replacing it with recyclable paper and cardboard when necessary, and offering many bulk items that could be purchased using refillable containers. The customer feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and Waitrose effected genuine change in consumer shopping habits, simply by making sustainable options available within their stores.

A sustainable supermarket shopping model IS possible, and we challenge Coles and Woolies to implement a similar initiative here and give the Australian public the opportunity to prove that we are ready and willing to provide the market for sustainable supermarket products, if they will just give us the option!

LINKS

Article on Waitrose Unpacked: https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2021/01/waitrose-unveils-latest-rollout-plans-for-refillables-scheme/

YouTube clip of Waitrose Unpacked: https://youtu.be/ecGgxT1XiKQ 

Article on recycling plastics: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/more-recycling-wont-solve-plastic-pollution/ 

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