Tesco - Let's see non-plastic water alternatives in your stores!

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Hello. We’re sisters Amy and Ella Meek; we’re 14 and 12 years old. We founded our campaign Kids Against Plastic (after studying the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development) to tackle the growing issue of plastic pollution. One of Kids Against Plastic's goals is to get UK supermarkets, like TESCO, to stock non-plastic water alternatives.

Our petition has been started to give consumers the option to buy water packaged in more sustainable wrapping than single-use plastic bottles - an option we widely lack in the UK currently.

But why avoid single-use plastic, in particular plastic bottles? Every day, the Earth's valuable and depleting virgin non-renewable resources are used in the manufacture of single-plastic bottles that are filled with water for sale in our supermarkets. These plastic bottles are having a catastrophic effect on the planet, as you've probably seen yourself in the news. They stay around on the planet FOREVER, never biodegrading, taking the lives of thousands of innocent sea creatures annually.

The big bottled water players try to cover this up. They convince us that their bottles are made from recycled plastic. They're not - the 'fully recyclable' logo is a massive red-herring.

Bottled water is widely unnecessary in the UK, due to our safe tap water. But, if environmentally conscious consumers want to purchase water from the supermarkets, they are not even given the option to make responsible choices.

Yep, none of the main supermarket chains currently widely stock non-plastic bottled water alternatives, despite the fact that there are a growing number of reputable sources available: Vivid Water in a Box, Aquapax, CanO Water and Ugly Water. Instead, their shelves are full of row upon row of single-use plastic bottles. 

So, let's make this change. Please don’t leave us – the future generation – with a problem on our hands that it is too late to fix. Make Tesco change now, and then others will follow.

Thanks for reading, and for caring.



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