My local Tesco - stop providing single-use plastic produce bags

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12 million tonnes of plastic is added to our oceans each year.

In the last 10 years, more plastic has been produced than in the last 100 years. 

Plastic does not go away. Every piece ever made, still exists in some shape or form. 

We all know of the problems that single-use, non-recyclable plastic create. We want to change.

My local supermarket - Tesco in Wells, Somerset - has successfully incorporated the single-use carrier bag ban. Yet, when buying loose fruit and vegetables, we are still encouraged to use a thin single-use plastic bag. The choice is plastic, or plastic.

The UK's largest retailer has demonstrated true concern for the environmental effects of plastics, a recognition of it's customers' ability to change habits when shown the way forward, and a desire to do more. In the 'Little Helps Plan', Tesco states: "Our packaging will be fully recyclable or compostable by 2025"

Tesco has made the first steps towards reducing the plastic waste it is responsible for. Let's take it further. 

I am calling on Tesco in Wells, to take packaging seriously, and to stop providing single-use plastic bags for loose fruit and vegetable products. Offer alternatives. Provide and promote the use of reusable fabric produce bags. 

Mendip District Council has shown a clear and significant desire to cut out single-use plastics in our communities and local businesses. I am asking Mendip District Council, to support this campaign, and pressure our largest local retailer to make this small change. 

Step by step, we will get there.

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