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A whale shark enjoys a meal of single use plastic thanks to supermarkets and oil companies

 

 

CAMPAIGN FOR ZERO WASTE - Supermarkets and oil companies have a lot to answer for. Politicians must explain why they let the retailers and fossil fuel industry get away with a practice they know to be harmful to marine life. Companies are largely driven by money and greed, their shareholders often kept in the dark. All the while millions of seabirds are dying, polar bears are playing with plastic and even shellfish have become inedible in some locations. This is morally unsound!

 

 

The very existence of supermarkets encourages producers to seek ways of presenting their goods to compete for trade and vie for cost savings, to get the customers. But it must be said that plastic is useful for wrapping produce to keep it fresh, and the lure into unsustainable practices is understandable. But that was before we realised that we are poisoning the marine environment, and the fish that feed a substantial proportion of people around the world, upsetting the Blue Economy, where in the face of population growth and desertification, the sea is a valuable resource.

 

We therefore propose canvassing supermarkets to enjoin in the Seven Point cleanup Plan, where bag taxes (in the UK) and outright single use bans, have failed to make any impact on plastic reduction, other than single use bags.

 

ARTICLE 1

 

1. Supermarkets should consider replacing plastic bags with paper and cloth. Paper for casual purchases and cloth to carry more weight. Cardboard boxes that are at present crushed after goods have been displayed, could be offered to customers on a free basis. Replaced items qualify for trading credits as per Article 7.

 

2. Supermarkets should endeavor to create a relationship with their customers, the aim being to encourage customers to bring their own carrying bags. Most retailers already have the mechanism to do so with Loyalty Cards. (For example in the UK the Tesco Club Card could give points for those bringing their own bags.)

 

3. Efforts should be made to redesign packaging for goods currently in plastic containers and packs, the aim being to replace & least 90% with paper and cardboard for the structural element. Transparent windows for customers to inspect the goods, should be made of biodegradable plastic. Re-designed items qualify for trading credits as per Article 7.

 

4. Care should be taken in the labeling of products. Where the producers admit that their containers are "currently not recyclable," they should seek to replace with alternative materials. which are recyclable, or include in an approved recycling regime as per Article 5.

 

5. Supermarkets should seek to encourage third party suppliers to provide their goods in similarly packaged goods. Goods supplied to supermarkets without any re-design, should be subject to Plastic Tax, as per Article 7.

 

6. Products should carry packaging information in digital form for stocking and tracking purposes, especially in relation to fines and rewards. Stocking data should be made available for inspection of packaging, such as to rate in terms of Offset Trading as per Article 7.


7. Products claiming to be packaged in biodegradable plastic should clearly state if the term "compostable" decomposes domestically, or otherwise state that industrial composters are required. This information being part of a digital stocking system as per Section 6 above.

 

 

In tandem with negotiating with supermarket chains, we should identify and target the makers of poorly packaged items, Naming and Shaming, but before that asking them to change their ways on a voluntary basis, by replacing plastic in packaging with paper (for example). We anticipate stiff resistance to change that will only come from the introduction of such a scheme. It is anticipated that presenting their products in socially unacceptable way, will reduce their market share. Reason enough to finally change their thinking, or be relegated to the ranks of brands that failed adapt in time to survive.

 

HELP US LOBBY FOR A CHANGE IN THE LAW - OUR 7 POINT PLAN (SDG14 ARTICLES)

 

We need tougher MARPOL legislation and enforcement, to prevent plastic from rivers flowing into the sea. We implore you to write to your MP, Senator, Prime Minister, President, Queen or King, to ask them to agree to introduce laws and rules that make it illegal in their countries to allow river waste (including microplastics) into territorial waters - and from there into international waters. A law like this is sure to trigger the introduction of monitoring, barriers and cleaning operations with equitable rewards for any organization providing such services. So far your leaders have demonstrated that they don't give a jot, and will not tackle the monopoly enjoyed by their political backers.


THE ARTICLES

 

1. Supermarket packaging transformation (back) to paper predominantly
2. Glass bottles, metal cans, waxed cartons over plastic, unless genuinely biodegradable 
3. Monitoring rivers and strict enforcement against micro-fiber spillages from treatment plants
4. Trackers for fishing nets and strict enforcement for dumping, unless accidents reported
5. Recycling of plastic to 90% with controlled incineration of 5% non-reusable elements, banks
6. Filtration on domestic machines to remove microfibres from clothing
7. Introduction of a plastic credit (incentives) trading scheme to drive the clean up

 

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INDUSTRY

 

Manufacturers should look to replace single use plastic in packaging wherever practical. Supermarkets should look for alternative packaging if it would not detract from the quality of produce or make them uncompetitive. They might support a plastic-oil circular economy with recycling depositories at their stores. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDIFFERENCE - Tangled in a societal maze and cemented by big business oligarchs, what chance does an oyster or muscle stand, let alone a turtle, where they cannot speak, write, or vote.

 

You can speak for them by not purchasing goods in packaged in plastic, unless it is responsibly recycled, and by fitting a filter to your domestic machines, where they empty to a sewage treatment system.

 

 

 

Polluted oceans are driving insecurity from the communities suffering from hunger, to warlords capitalising on the increasingly scarce resources. These impacts become the drivers of local conflicts which can be cultivated to escalate violence into wars for political control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOVERNMENT APATHY

 

Governments simply don't care enough at the moment to revise their policies, because it's cheaper to take a dump in the ocean and heaven forbid, spend money on filtration for the sake of biodiversity. Politicians are reeling from climate change, they know that nobody can see them dumping waste in the oceans, and it underpins their frail economies to continue to do so - for the sake of getting re-elected. It's all about power, not lives. They will continue to slaughter defenseless animals, so long as the electorate continue to do nothing. Doing nothing is the same as agreeing with the slaughter. That is why we had World War Two, the moral world finally had to act to stop Nazi Germany invading and taking over the less able in Europe, leading to concentration camps, to eliminate political opponents and genocide on an industrial scale.

 

That will only change with a food crises and poisoned fish being declared carcinogenically inedible by the World Health Organization. I.e. with cancer victims falling like Covid-19 victims, taking up hospital beds. And even then that will only be because of the rising Healthcare bills. Governments actually seem to like it when elderly vulnerable patients bite the dust early. It's like ethnic cleansing, but legal. Or is it. is it legal to engineer a situation where people die earlier?

 

 

 

 

HARBOURS - The ocean washes up a small percentage of plastic flotsam to remind us of our sins. All the beach and marina cleaning is unable to keep up with the dumping in our rivers, which ends up swirling about the seven seas.

 

 

 

 

         

 

PLASTIC SNACKS - Below the waves and out of sight, marine life is eating plastic like there is no tomorrow, and there may well be, if nothing is done about it. Nets are trapping and suffocating wildlife and beaches are strewn with fishing discards and plastic flotsam. Big business is responsible, but not so much as the politicians who allowed this situation to develop.

 

    

 

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