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Petition to Reliance Fresh, Mr Damodar Mall, Reliance Foundation, Reliance Retail

Reliance Fresh, Draft & Publish a Zero Food Waste Policy across stores #FightFoodWaste

Ever looked into the eyes of a hungry child when they seek food, unable to withstand hunger? I have seen that look many a time and it breaks my heart each and every time.  ‘India wastes enough food to feed a state the size of Bihar for a whole year’. This means that just the amount of food that we waste can feed over 11 crores or 110 million people every day for 12 months! Most of us reading this are fortunate enough to have hot nutritious meals. We also celebrate World Food Day and World Environment Day every year. Food Waste is a serious issue and represents serious consequences for a country like India. Over 194 million Indians suffer from hunger and close to 1.3 million children lose their lives to hunger in India every year as a result of food being scarce, unaffordable and inaccessible among other reasons. India produces enough food (Approx 270 million tonnes) to meet the needs (Approx 230 million tonnes) of all the citizens. But 40% of the food grown is lost and wasted. This is why I am urging Reliance Fresh, a national level fresh foods and groceries retailer with hundreds of stores across India, to draft and publish a Zero Food Waste Policy that it will implement across its stores. SIGN my petition and voice your support to #FightFoodWaste. Many times, foods that are perfectly safe to consume (even if past best before dates) and fresh fruit and veg that are not 'looking perfect and fresh' get tossed into the garbage bin or returned to the vendor for destruction. This can be avoided if the company creates a policy and implements steps to donate such food. Foods that are unsafe to consume (those that are past their expiry dates) can always be sent for composting instead of sending them to landfills and further burdening Mother Nature.   Growing fresh food requires plenty of precious environmental resources- water, energy, fertile soil etc. Let us not forget the hard labour our farmers put in! Processing this food into food products and transporting it to our neighbourhood supermarkets also utilises resources and creates a lot of carbon footprint. Neither Reliance Fresh's website nor any of their stores have any information visibly available on the quantity of food waste generated.  The sustainability commitment published on the website of Reliance Industries Limited also makes no mention of how food waste is being managed.   As a customer, I only buy as much food as I need for my family and ensure that food waste is minimal at home. I would expect the brands & companies I invest in, to be equally responsible with respect to their commitment towards our community and our limited natural resources. I am conscious of the reach of Reliance Fresh and also of the work Reliance foundation, the CSR division of Reliance Industries Ltd undertakes. I sincerely hope that they look into this issue at the earliest and commit to #FightFoodWaste across our nation. Given its vast reach and presence, I urge Reliance Fresh to take the lead in fighting food wastage by drafting and publishing its Zero Waste Food Policy. Sign my petition and voice your support to #FightFoodWaste. A well thought out Food Waste Policy when implemented, can not only help save our environment but can also end hunger and malnourishment. Picture Credits: Reuters, based on businessworld.in article.

Shruthi Shankar
187,607 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Arvind Kejriwal, Yogi Adityanath, Amarinder Singh, Manohar Lal Khattar

A pollution free Delhi NCR #fightingpollutiontogether

We as residents of Delhi NCR are all aware about the rampant pollution in our area. We can see in the distance the buildings the trees tops that are engulfed in a haze. Its first week of October and I fear we are once again in that period when we would all be having our daily dose of PM2.5 & PM10, each time we breath.Under this initiative of #FightingPollutionTogether I invite all residents of Delhi NCR alongwith the chief ministers of the states Delhi, UP, Punjab & Haryana to come together and solve the rising problem of pollution. I suggest the following steps to be taken to fight this menace: 1. Firecrackers: Yes, we do celebrate Diwali with lot of fervor and pomp but can we not celebrate it without the fire crackers.  Imagine the thought of the uncle staying across the street coughing daily in the morning. Imagine the people with hearing disorders cringe with every burst of that cracker. Imagine the pets and street dogs cowering below the sofas and below parked cars afraid from the noise and ruckus. If a complete ban is difficult to adopt lets go for green crackers, but with a disclaimer. Green crackers do not mean they do not pollute. They do pollute!!! Just that they pollute a little less than the normal ones. Inspite of the Supreme Court ban on crackers, I have seen people driving down to Hapur, Dadri, Dasna just so they can buy the crackers and burst it in DelhiNCR. A nudge by the Chief Ministers in public to this tendency will go a long way in dissuading the people who are planning to circumvent the ban this way. 2. Go Electric: The current state of CNG driven rickshaws and especially tempos is pathetic. They are old, running on in-efficient polluting engines and are ill-maintained. A scheme of exchange of polluting rickshaws, autos, tempos with e-rickshaws will make sure that people adopt more e-rickshaws. The exchange of mobile phones is running successfully as we all know. We can adopt a similar mechanism here.Further, lets replace the existing fuel powered buses by electric buses. They would lead to a cleaner and silent mode of transport.  I urge Chief Ministers of Haryana, Delhi & UP  to urgently replace the existing fleets of buses with electric buses in Delhi NCR and surrounding areas.  3. Mechanized Sweeping: The environment of Delhi NCR and surrounding region is dust prone.The manual sweeping of the roads does not help at all. There are vehicles that manually sweep and suck up this dust with the municipal corporations. Let us completely stop manually sweeping of roads, re-skills the existing manual sweepers to operate these vehicles. Increase the number of these vehicles and make sure that each and every road is cleaned by this method. Further, the disposal of this collected dust should be in a eco-friendly way too. 4. Crop Burning: Last but certainly not the least, is the issue of crop burning. This requires a united effort by the chief minsters of the states. Let us create more awareness &  incentivize eco-friendly harvest & disposal of paddy crop. The multi ethnic population of Delhi NCR has a large part of its population from these regions where, the paddy crop stubble burning happens. The sons and daughters of farmers toiling in the fields are living in Delhi NCR for their studies are or earning their livelihoods. This awareness if created amongst the farmers could help in them adopting eco-friendly ways quickly.       

Ashutosh Sonawane
10 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Staff & Students of Trinity College Dublin, TCD Green Campus, Trinity College Dublin Student's Union, TCD Environmental Society, TCD Extinction Rebellion, TCD Sustainability Network, MCD, TCD Societies & Sports Clubs

Plastic-Free Trinity Ball

A reusable cup deposit scheme is the most effective way to reduce plastic waste at Trinity Ball, which is an annual event and has over 7,000 attendees. Therefore, if each ticket holder purchases three drinks during the night, it amounts to about 21,000 single-use plastic cups which break down to microplastics over hundreds of years, further polluting our environment. Compostable alternatives are not a long-term solution, as they still use significant amounts of energy to produce and break down in industrial composting facilities. We endeavour not to place this added cost onto attendees, but instead are actively pursuing funding through grants and sponsorships.  Large festivals such as Glastonbury have already adopted such measures, and following Trinity College Dublin's commitment to phasing out the majority of single-use plastics by 2020 - a campaign which was initiated by students - now is the perfect time to enact such change. In 2019, the Ball featured improved waste segregation and compostable food packaging, but we think that MCD should do better, and soon. If you agree, please support our petition, which will accompany a full proposal for a reusable cup deposit scheme to the event organiser, MCD, in advance of the planning of Trinity Ball 2020.  [Copyright for Cover Photo - Sinead Baker, University Times]

TCD Plastic Solutions
539 supporters