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Earth Guardians Sri Lanka (EGSL) is an organisation of young activists fighting for our planet. The group is a member of the worldwide Earth Guardians network led by Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez. The Earth Guardians are the young activists, artists, and musicians that are on the front lines driving action and fueling the cultural shift toward a regenerative future. Earth Guardians are aged 8 – 21 and committed to addressing the climate emergency, both from a global perspective and also in our tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka. There is a Climate Emergency and we are committed to making a positive difference through responsible activism for change.
EGSL was founded in July 2019 by Satya Burgess. Aware of the dangers surrounding plastic, Satya’s journey to EGSL began when she found herself increasingly upset by the wanton irresponsible supply of single use plastic bags and packaging on supermarket shelves in Sri Lanka. Her mother encouraged her to participate in the process of change and so began EGSL, supported quickly by new members, all of whom were old enough to understand the damage to the country, and young enough to invest their time and energy in the future that they deserve.
The first activity of EGSL is a campaign for more responsible use of plastic by supermarkets, in packaging their products and purchases for the public of Sri Lanka.
EARTH GUARDIANS SRI LANKA request Supermarkets of Sri Lanka to consider the future of Sri Lanka, the world and what legacy they give us. We request the following Responsible Practices:
Earth Guardians Supermarket Directive:
~ Do give us alternatives – eg baskets at fruit and veg counters so we can collect produce prior to weighing and placing in reusable bags.
~Do be considerate that according to the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka – it is up to YOU to give us better packaging options like paper bags at checkout, DON’T charge us for caring when you don’t.
~Issue Educational Material to your staff at supermarkets, on the serious dangers of Single Use Plastics.
~Issue Staff Directive to REDUCE, RECYLCLE and RETURN packaging where possible.
~Do something other than encouraging the Customer to be more conscious.
~Do consider future generations and your brand’s impact on the world, in light of Single Use Plastics and your policy of double bagging.
~Do be aware that you are Double Bagging your products because you are using BREAKABLE LDPE plastics, that couldn’t be more detrimental to health and the planet.
~Don’t expect the Customer to be waste-conscious, while you are not.
~Don’t pass the entire burden of Waste & Packaging to your customer – you are big enough to make a huge difference with just a little more effort.
~Don’t offer Biodegradable bags for meat/fish at ONLY your Colombo 7 outlets – ALL your customers and outlets deserve the same options to reduce waste.
~Don’t put plastic cups out on display and expect your Customer to be satisfied with a paper straw. Do pour juice on demand into paper cups or look at other viable options.
~Don’t charge your Customers for reusable bags or plastic nets for vegetables – encourage better options without profiting from goodwill.
~Don’t put your cut vegetables on Display, using more unnecessary cling film packaging. Do use a photo instead and save wastage too – one fruit display across hundreds of outlets equals hundreds of plastic wrappings and wasted fruit.
The amount of single use plastic that we are using (not just in supermarkets) is out of control and also avoidable, and here's why we need to make a change:
By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.
Plastic NEVER bio-degrades, even when we think it is gone it has actually become micro particles that are in our water, out at sea and even in the food we eat.
Plastic is killing the wildlife in the Oceans and we would still like to see turtles and fish when we are adults.
The toxins from the process of making plastic contributes to global warming.
This really frightens us and we believe that we must make a change, so we have decided to initiate this petition and work towards raising awareness of both the petition and the irresponsible usage.
As a next step, once we get enough signatures we intend to try and meet with the CEOs of the Supermarkets to present our proposals.
Wish us luck and thank you for supporting us and your planet.
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