I remember well the movie The Graduate, when one of the characters tells Dustin Hoffman to go into plastics. Now, of course, plastic is polluting the planet big time. Below is a petition sent to me by my friend Honey and I want it to post while I am in California for Thanksgiving. I already signed it. Thanx! ellensue
P.S. The posting may obliterate the right-hand margin.
Sign your name: Tell Albertsons to eliminate single-use plastics in its stores!
Disposable plastics, such as shopping bags, are suffocating our oceans, wildlife, and environment. More than 8 million tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans each year. And the impacts are felt for decades — recently a 47-year-old plastic bottle was found on a beach in England.
The only way to solve this crisis is to cut down on the use of plastics — starting with supermarkets, whose single-use plastic bags are extremely destructive. Pressure from environmentalists worldwide has driven Kroger — the nation’s second-largest food retailer — to commit to phase out plastic bags. But other supermarkets are still dragging their feet.
So we’re joining a broad coalition of environmental groups to demand Albertsons — owner of Safeway, Shaws, and ACME — follow suit. But we need your help to push it to act.
Plastic pollution is hurting our economy, climate and environment. It’s had catastrophic impacts on wildlife like sea turtles. It’s polluting coastal communities around the world. And much of the plastic in the United States is produced using natural gas — providing further incentive for continued drilling and fracking.
Businesses, local governments, and entire nations have taken actions to ban, limit, or place fees on single-use plastics. But the impacts of plastic pollution are growing every day. We need to act fast to move away from plastics — and Albertson’s could play a huge role in that fight.
If Albertson’s phases out single-use plastic bags, combined with Kroger’s commitment, it could lead to the elimination of another 3 million plastic bags a year from U.S. stores.
It’s critical that we work to reduce our dependence on disposable, single-use plastic — but recycling simply won’t get the job done. So we need active Friends of the Earth Action members like you to join our coalition to demand Albertsons phase out all single-use plastics from their stores across the nation.
The evidence is clear: If we’re going to reverse the damage done by our current overuse of plastics, we need to start at the source — large corporations.
Corporate interests like Coke, Pepsi, and Nestle have effectively shirked their responsibility to end the destructive reign of plastics by drowning consumers in plastics. They’ve reaped the rewards of lower costs while taking no responsibility for polluting our oceans and destroying the environment. We know corporate accountability is possible, but we must push them to act.
Big corporations like Albertsons must actively commit to phase out single-use plastics. It’s time for all of us to work together and demand a shift away from “disposable” materials. Can we count on your support?
Standing with you,
Oceans & vessels program director,
Friends of the Earth Action
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