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Petition to Farm Boy

Farm Boy: Enough with the excessive plastic packaging!

“The best foods. The best shopping experience. Making life better. This is our vision” We are writing to you because you are not living up to this vision. We are residents of Ontario, who have varying levels of loyalty to your stores. We are proud that Farm Boy is a successful Ottawa-based business. We appreciate the quality and variety of local and organic produce and products available in your stores. Many of us enjoy the shopping atmosphere of your stores, and all of us appreciate the friendly, kind and helpful staff that you employ. We want to support your business but things have to change at your stores. Despite having significant signage and an image that emphasizes Farm Boy’s supposed dedication to sustainability and recycling, we are extremely disappointed with your excessive and unnecessary use of plastic packaging.  In this regard your produce department is among the worst of all the large grocery chains across Ontario. You don’t incentivize customers to bring their own reusable bags, nor do you discourage the use of single-use plastic shopping bags with any plastic bag charges. Furthermore, you don’t have a policy allowing customers to bring their own containers to your stores in order to bring home the products they purchase.   We are deeply concerned about the environmental and health impacts of the plastic waste problem. Plastic production is out of control and intricately linked to climate change because plastics are fossil fuel products. Plastics are killing wildlife. Plastics are killing our rivers, lakes and oceans. Plastics are polluting our food sources and drinking water. You cannot reassure yourselves that Farm Boy often offers recyclable plastic. We know that approximately 90% of all plastics produced are never recycled, and that recycling is not the solution to the problem. Grocery stores have a key role to play in addressing this crisis. Farm Boy has choice and influence when it comes to the packaging of the products you sell and you can become a leader in this regard. Many of the products under the Farm Boy brand are either made in-house or hand selected. These should be available in more sustainable packages. Your stores’ excessive use of plastic packaging and lack of progressive policies regarding waste reduction make your vision hypocritical. You are not “making life better”, you are currently a part of the problem and actually making life worse. “Green washing” won’t cut it any longer. Customers know the difference. Despite this, we believe that Farm Boy has the potential to become a true leader in this area, and have high hopes that you will be making changes to how your stores operate. Here are our requests: STOP using single-use plastic in your produce department. We DO NOT want our fruits and vegetables to be wrapped in plastic. Consider actually promoting, incentivizing and selling reusable produce bags.STOP using plastic packaging in your ready-made department. Find environmentally friendly solutions for items such as hummus, salsa, store-made soups and other sauces.STOP wrapping all of your bread and bakery products in plastic. Offer paper bags as an alternative.START encouraging customers to bring their own produce bags, reusable shopping bags and containers. Establish a fee for plastic bag use or a discount for the use of reusable shopping bags. Train your cashiers to only supply plastic bags on request and offer paper bags as an alternative. START allowing customers to bring their own containers for a variety of in-store products such as at the hot bar, deli counter, etc. We urge you to take our feedback seriously and we sincerely thank you for your time and consideration. (Le français suit) ******************************************************************** “Les meilleurs aliments. La meilleure expérience de magasinage. Rendre la vie meilleure. C'est notre vision." Nous vous écrivons parce que vous n’êtes pas à la hauteur de cette vision. Nous sommes des résidents de l’Ontario dont le degré de fidélité à vos magasins varie. Nous sommes fiers que Farm Boy soit une entreprise qui a vu le jour à Ottawa. Nous apprécions la qualité et la variété des produits locaux et biologiques qui sont disponibles dans vos magasins. Plusieurs d’entre nous y apprécient l’atmosphère et nous apprécions tous le personnel amical, gentil et serviable qui travaillent chez vous. Nous voulons soutenir votre entreprise mais les choses doivent changer dans vos magasins. Malgré l’image écologique que vous tentez de projeter chez Farm Boy nous sommes extrêmement déçus de votre utilisation excessive et inutile des emballages en plastique. À cet égard, votre département des fruits et légumes est parmis les pires des grandes chaînes d'épicerie en Ontario. Vous n'incitez pas les clients à apporter leurs propres sacs réutilisables et ne découragez pas non plus l’utilisation de sacs en plastique à usage unique avec des frais comme le font plusieurs commerces. De plus, vous n’avez pas de politique permettant aux clients d’apporter leurs propres contenants afin qu’ils puissent se procurer des produits de vos divers comptoirs. Nous sommes profondément préoccupés par l’impact qu’ont les déchets en plastique sur l'environnement et la santé. La production de plastique au niveau mondial est étroitement liée au changement climatique car les plastiques sont des produits à base de combustibles fossiles. Les plastiques tuent la faune. Les plastiques tuent nos rivières, nos lacs et nos océans. Les plastiques polluent nos sources de nourriture et d'eau potable. Vous ne pouvez pas vous rassurer que Farm Boy offre souvent du plastique recyclable. Nous savons qu'environ 90% de tous les plastiques produits ne sont jamais recyclés et que le recyclage n'est pas la solution au problème. Les épiceries ont un rôle clé à jouer dans la résolution de cet énorme problème. Nous savons que Farm Boy sélectionne ses produits ainsi que leurs emballages. La plupart des produits de la marque Farm Boy sont fabriqués sur place ou sélectionnés par vos équipes. Ceux-ci devraient être disponibles dans des emballages écologiques. Vous avez ainsi l’occasion de devenir un leader à cet égard. L’utilisation excessive d’emballages en plastique dans vos magasins et l’absence de politique progressive en matière de réduction des déchets rendent votre vision hypocrite. Vous ne «rendez pas la vie meilleure», vous faites actuellement partie du problème. L’«écoblanchiment» n’est pas suffisant. Les clients n’y sont pas dupe. Malgré cela, nous pensons que Farm Boy a le potentiel de devenir un véritable leader dans ce domaine et nous avons bon espoir que vous apporterez des modifications au fonctionnement de vos magasins. Voici nos souhaits: CESSEZ d'utiliser du plastique à usage unique dans votre département de fruits et légumes. Nous ne voulons pas que nos fruits et légumes soient emballés dans du plastique. Envisagez de promouvoir, d'inciter et de vendre des sacs de fruits et légumes réutilisables. CESSEZ d'utiliser des emballages en plastique dans votre département prêt-à-emporter. Trouvez des solutions respectueuses de l’environnement pour les articles tels que l’houmous, la salsa, les soupes faites en magasin et autres sauces. ARRÊTEZ d’emballer tous vos pains et produits de boulangerie dans du plastique. Offrez des sacs en papier comme alternative. COMMENCEZ à encourager les clients à apporter leurs propres sacs de fruits et légumes, sacs d’épiceries réutilisables et contenants réutilisables. Établissez des frais pour l'utilisation de sacs en plastique ou un rabais pour ceux qui utilisent des sacs réutilisables. Entraînez vos caissier(e)s à ne fournir que des sacs en plastique sur demande et à offrir vos sacs en papier comme alternative. COMMENCEZ à permettre aux clients d’apporter leurs propres contenants pour une variété de produits en magasin, notamment au comptoir prêt-à-emporter, au comptoir de charcuterie, etc. Nous vous implorons de prendre nos commentaires au sérieux et nous vous remercions pour votre temps et votre considération.

Eugenie Waters
4,942 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mayor Rob Burton

Get Oakville to Declare a Climate Change Emergency

We are facing a climate catastrophe. Leading scientists have warned that we have 11 years to take emergency action on climate change, or we face the gravest threats to our local and global environment. This includes worsening risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. We must act urgently, starting by having Oakville immediately pass a motion declaring a climate change emergency. We call on the town of Oakville to join an increasing number of municipalities across Canada such as Burlington, Hamilton and Kingston in recognizing the urgency for drastic and unprecedented action regarding climate change. We urge Oakville to recognize that climate change is today's crisis, not tomorrow’s. Canadians have one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the world, and Oakville is no exception. The Town of Oakville must work tirelessly towards reducing emissions because if we let global warming go beyond 1.5°C, coral reefs will be completely eradicated, populations of insects that pollinate plants will be decimated, and ice-free summers in the arctic will be commonplace. Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world.  But it’s not too late. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible - but it requires ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities. Locally, we have already experienced some effects of climate change. These effects, as well as new threats, will increase at an accelerating rate within the next five to ten years until they far surpass the scale which most people currently envisage. Threats that Oakville faces include: Extreme temperatures in the summer and winter, at first threatening the elderly and homeless, and then the population at large, especially those around the poverty line. Massive property and infrastructure damage, as well as injuries and loss of life due to floods, tornadoes, ice storms and other extreme weather patterns. Profound economic stress from repairing climate change damage, as well as from disruptions to economic activities caused by extreme weather. Pressure on communities and infrastructure due to the influx of climate change refugees from both within our borders, and abroad. Increased health issues from decreasing air quality, water quality and introduction and proliferation of new and old diseases (such as the Emerald Ash Border and West Nile Virus). The time for radical change is now. Action to address the multi-faceted threats that face our city, country and the international community needs to be accelerated. Oakville needs to add its voice to other municipalities across the world in demanding that world leaders act in meaningful ways immediately to combat this grave global threat and to use its unique position to be a leader in municipal carbon reductions with aggressive targets. We do less than necessary at our own peril. Please sign my petition calling on the Oakville Town Council to declare a climate emergency and take urgent action to do its part in avoiding a climate disaster for all of us, and for generations to come.

Andrei Adam
1,699 supporters