Plastic wrapping removed from all fruit and vegetables in The Gap 4061

Plastic wrapping removed from all fruit and vegetables in The Gap 4061

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Sarah Young started this petition to Coles and

The Gap community want naked fruit and vegetables!

The Gap community would like Coles, Aldi, The Friendly Grocer and Fresco Fruit Market to remove all plastic wrapping from their fruit and vegetables. 

Why do we want this?

There are currently 8 million tons of plastic waste entering our oceans globally each year and this is set to double by 2025. By 2050, it's estimated that there will be more plastic weight than fish in our oceans. 

There is a floating plastic garbage patch in the ocean that is estimated to be three times the size of France. 

What this means for our marine life, the future of human health and the quality of our water is devastating!

The UN has announced that micro plastics, (tiny, broken down pieces of plastic) in the sea are a growing threat to human health and our marine life and sea birds are dying from plastic ingestion and strangulation. 

A prime example of this is the whale that just washed up dead in Indonesia, (right on Australia's doorstep). This is a visual and stark representation of what is currently happening in our oceans. 

The contents of the whale's stomach included-

115 plastic cups
25 plastic bags
4 plastic thongs
1000 + pieces of plastic. 

In Hawaii, a turtle washed up dead with over 1,000 pieces of plastic in its stomach and "half of dead baby turtles found by Australian scientists have stomachs full of plastic".  (Source - Independent Newspaper UK).

There are now more pieces of micro plastic in our oceans than there are stars in our galaxy!

This ocean plastic pollution crisis is not just affecting our marine life, it's devastating for our sea birds too and land animals are also affected as plastic litter is EVERYWHERE. It's estimated that around 90% of sea birds have plastic in their stomachs and Albatross fledglings are dying from burst stomachs from a diet of plastic pieces.  (See 'Albatross - the film, by Chris Jordan).

Some stats -

Australia are using over 10 million plastic bags per day
666,000 tonnes of plastic waste produced by Australian households every year. and very year, the waste we generate is growing at twice the rate of our population! (ABC's War on Waste statistics)
Bottled water also creates large amounts of waste. Plastic bottles are among the 10 most common rubbish items picked up on Clean up Australia Day. Australia recycles only 36% of PET plastic drink bottles, so around 373 million plastic water bottles end up as waste each year. (University of Wollongong).

We would also like to see - 

All food outlets accepting customer's containers for deli produce and takeaways

ALL forms of plastic carrier bags to be gone from The Gap shops   

Food and beverage packaging to move towards being sourced sustainably and to be fully recyclable

A drastic reduction in food waste and boxes of 'damaged / ugly' fruit and vegetables be available for local families in need

Recycling and composting options be available to all shops at The Gap Village with a plan to reduce all landfill waste at The Gap Village

                                       European parliament statement

"According to the European Commission, more than 80% of marine litter is plastics. The products covered by these restrictions constitute 70% of all marine litter items. Due to its slow rate of decomposition, plastic accumulates in seas, oceans and on beaches in the EU and worldwide. Plastic residue is found in marine species – such as sea turtles, seals, whales and birds, but also in fish and shellfish, and therefore in the human food chain".

Please sign and share for the future of our marine life, our oceans, our sea birds and human health.

This petition is put forward by The Gap Sustainability Alliance - A group of community members including teachers, community leaders, environmental group leaders, Kindy Directors, concerned parents, eco minded families, students, and many more. 





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