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Plastic from supermarkets still on the rise

Plastic, plastic and even more plastic. That’s what we’re all still greeted with when we shop in supermarkets. Yes, plastic from supermarkets is still on the rise…

A view of supermarkets alleys
A view of a supermarket aisles

Despite a nationwide outcry, supermarkets are still failing to deal with the scale of plastic pollution.

In fact, even if all current major industry and government commitments are met, only 7% less plastic would flow into the ocean each year! [1]

This just isn’t good enough.

Will you sign the petition calling on UK supermarkets to ditch throwaway plastic packaging?

Plastic petition homepage from Green peace
Greenpeace petition homepage

In 2020 many of us have had less choice about where we shop and what we buy. More than ever we’re relying on supermarkets to reduce plastic packaging.

But supermarkets just aren’t moving fast enough, or thinking big enough.

The festive period is the busiest and most important time of the year for supermarkets. Now we’ve got a great opportunity to make our voices heard when it really matters.

Thanks to millions of people campaigning across the UK every single major supermarket has announced some kind of action to cut down on unnecessary plastic.

But even when these actions are added up, the changes are not enough to have the impact we need.

There’s really no excuse. Earlier this year Greenpeace did our research and worked out how supermarkets can cut plastic by 50%. [2]

The main takeaway is that there needs to be a monumental shift to reusable packaging that can be refilled time after time. Supermarkets have been reluctant to make the massive changes that are needed, but as customers we have the power to influence their decisions. Because without customers their profits don’t exist.

Can you add your name and show supermarkets that you and millions of others want to see far less packaging on their shelves?

I know it’s frustrating. Despite all the public pressure over the last three years we’re still having to talk about plastic packaging. But now’s not the time to give up. Creating such massive change isn’t easy and we know that supermarkets are taking notice – but we need them to move faster.

Alex Leadbeater is aiming at highlighting today's societies and how much plastic we consume.
An open-air landfill showing plastic items

By 2050 the amount of plastic being produced is predicted to quadruple. [3] Aisles and aisles of plastic is a choice, not a necessity.

And while supermarkets continue with business as usual it means plastic still poisoning our environment, filling our rivers and choking our oceans. It also means plastic leaking into the food chain and creating a problem for generations to come.

Tell UK supermarkets to take responsibility for their part in the plastic pollution crisis and ditch throwaway plastic packaging.

References
[1] Breaking the Plastic Wave
[2] How supermarkets can halve plastic packaging
[3] The New Plastic Economy

NB:
This content was received from Greenpeace by email. We, at Drawing United, fully support Greenpeace and relay their information to our audience.

By Pierrick Senelaer

Since 2015, I have had the chance to have my own art studio in Stoke Newington (London).

Environmental issues such as Climate Change or Plastic Pollution, are something I feel concerned about. Therefore, I’ve launched DRAWING UNITED.

Drawing United is a collective of artists, started off by Pierrick Senelaer, who cares for our environment and planet and who want to use their art and creativity to raise awareness and/or support a good cause.

ACT NOW! "The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it"Robert Swann

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