Hey Kraft Heinz - What's in Your Ocean?
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Dear Alex Behring, John Cahill, Bernardo Hees and officers and employees of the Kraft Heinz Corporation,
We are all students of Penn State University, residents of Pennsylvania, and/or users of your products. We are concerned that most plastic in the United States is used once and never recycled. By reliable estimates, it is projected that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish (by weight) in the world’s oceans.
Your stated corporate mission is: “Helping people around the world to eat and live better.” We think you could do more to help people live better if you take a leadership role in rethinking how your company manufactures and disposes of plastic. You have already pledged to reduce waste sent to landfills by 15% in 2020. While this is commendable, you still have not committed to taking initiative to reduce or eliminate ocean dumping.
We call on you to:
1. Consider a 5 or 10 cent deposit on plastic to ensure that plastic is reused.
2. Commit 3% of your profits per package to formulate a meaningful, workable and robust recycling program.
3. Pledge to stop ocean dumping and find other means of disposal.
4. Reduce the amount of plastic you manufacture.
5. Partner with other universities and companies to attack this problem.
The onus of ensuring that plastic is used more than once should not just lie in the hands of the consumer. We challenge you to lead the way.
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