plastic reduction

5 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to unfi

UNFI to switch to reusable pallet wrap

Weavers Way is a food cooperative located in Philadelphia. We are members of the NCG, National Cooperative Grocers. As members of the NCG we ask that this petition be made available to other food coops who are also members of the NCG. We ask that all coop members sign who would like to see UNFI switch from using disposable pallet wrap to a reusable pallet wrap. Why is this important? The NCG represents more than 200 food cooperatives in more than 37 states. Many of these coops get deliveries almost every day of the week. Can we imagine how much pallet wrap ends up being produced.  The claim is that when a cooperative becomes a member of the NCG there are the benefits to the coop, one being that the NCG provides a powerful advocacy voice between coops. Well we are asking that the NCG show us how powerful that unifying voice can be by assisting in the sharing of this petition.  We coop members are concerned with specific behaviors adopted by the grocery industry. One being that we do not like the excessive amount of plastic used in pallet wrapping. We ask that UNFI switch to a reusable pallet wrap. Plastic pallet wrap, though deemed recyclable, is not sustainable and should be avoided. The collective food cooperative body does not like this wasteful practice and asks for it to be changed by the first of the calendar year of 2019 for every food cooperative that belongs to the NCG.  By signing this petition we are in agreement with this motion.   

Weavers Way Food Cooperative
198 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to FedEx, United States Postal Service, United Parcel Service,, eBay, Etsy

Support Plastic-Free Shipping & More Sustainable Alternatives

With the increased use and power of technology, people are able to communicate, share, sell, and purchase products globally. Now more than ever, we as consumers need to be conscientious of the effects of our choices. Online shopping is becoming more popular now than ever, and with this the use of shipping and delivery increases as well. Speaking as a consumer and a supporter of many online businesses, I hope these companies who provide goods and services will explore shipping alternatives that are plastic-free for the good of the environment.It is worrisome to order a small item online and see it arrive in excess plastic packaging. This was brought to my attention when a small business owner wrote about the materials used in their packaging: recycled paper tape, tissue paper, cardboard, and other forms of paper.These materials are entirely possible to be used in shipping and packaging- and they keep items just as safe, if not safer than the plastic packaging that many companies use. This will make a huge difference for our world and our environment. Every person’s garbage adds up, and as online shopping increases, our waste also increases. Shipping companies can offer these paper alternatives to their clients. Online companies that host small business owners and sellers can offer these suggestions to their users.At the end of the day, this would be the decision of the business owners themselves, but as I customer I would feel more confident in shopping at and supporting a business that offers this shipping & packaging alternative. Having an option available during checkout, offering incentives to businesses, or having sellers post this information in their description or product page would give consumers the ability to make environmentally conscious choices. This is a valuable alternative to explore and an important change to look into. This will reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic being used and being introduced into landfills and our environment. 

Sal C.
695 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Danish retailers

Stop using plastic in q-tips/cotton buds

Photograph: © Justin Hofman ( Our oceans are becoming clogged with plastic. Estimates suggest that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the seas than fish, by weight. WHAT? That is appalling! A huge part of the problem is the one-use plastics, such as drinks cups, plastic cutlery, bottles, toothbrushes, wet wipes, packaging, or the plastic stems of q-tips or cotton buds. It's not just ugly and disgusting to find plastic on the beach. Marine plastic pollution is seriously damaging the health of our oceans. From plankton to pilot whales, algae to albatross — no ocean life remains free from the effects of plastic waste, and it’s even found in the seafood we eat. We might not think that our everyday actions can make a difference. But they do.  People are still flushing away cotton buds or q-tips in their toilets, and millions of them end up in the sea. The recent photograph taken by Justin Hofman, of a tiny seahorse with its tail curled round a plastic cotton bud, has provoked outrage and sadness, but let's not just cry about it. Let's do something to help! Recently, all the major retailers in the UK responded to the demands of 157,000 people who signed a consumer-led petition, started by City to Sea: (check out their powerful videos!) and have agreed to switch from plastic to biodegradable paper sticks for production of their cotton buds by the end of 2017. I believe that, if the UK can do it, then so can we here in Denmark. One step at a time, let's make our voices heard and demand better from our corporations - and ask them to change from plastic to paper in their cotton buds.

Anna Collar
24 supporters