Mariano's: Go plastic and package free. Help end the plastic pollution disaster!

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I am a loyal Mariano’s customer who appreciate their healthy foods and superior customer service. However, every time I shop at Mariano’s I feel disappointed with the huge amount of plastic packaging over there and I think it’s time to act.

Like many people of Illinois I am concerned about plastic pollution crisis. While you are reading this, the equivalent of a truckload of plastic is entering the ocean. Not only are plastics filling our oceans and killing marine life, they are polluting our water and food sources. Plastics never go away, they simply break down into smaller pieces. These toxic microplastics are eaten by marine animals, which are then consumed by people all over the world.

As many of us, I am trying to do my best to solve the problem. I carry my own shopping bag, use reusable produce bags, buy groceries in the bulk aisle and avoid plastic-packaged food. At the same time, I realize it is not enough because supermarkets have a key role to play in stopping the plastic pollution crisis.

I join environmentally conscious consumers who often shop at Mariano's to ask you to:

Stop offering plastic bags at check out. According to the EPA, roughly 2% of plastic bags are recycled in the US. The rest are left to live on indefinitely in landfills or decompose in our oceans, where they leach toxins into the water and soil.

Motivate customers to buy your reusable bags or bring their own bags as paper bags add to the problem. Paper bag production releases toxins into the water and atmosphere, requiring trees to be cut down and wasting energy reserves. Moreover, only 20% of paper bags end up being recycled, the rest create more than twice as much atmospheric waste as plastic ones do.

Inform customers about environmental benefits of using reusable bags. I’ve never met anyone who said “I choose to kill marine life, pollute beaches and poison human diets for my shopping convenience”.

Start selling reusable produce bags and sacks. Many of your customers need them to take the next step to refuse single-use plastic.

Stop wrapping whole veg and fruit in plastic and styrofoam!

Increase a variety of items in your bulk section and provide an opportunity for customers to use their own containers.

Create a single-use plastic reduction policy and transition plan that includes social responsibility considerations.

We also ask you to avoid false solutions such as bioplastics, throwaway alternatives or focusing on recycling.

Please sign and share this petition to let Mariano’s know that you choose to refuse single-use plastic and want them to go plastic and package free. It’s time to #BreakFreeFromPlastic for the sake of our planet. Thank you!