Stop Plastic Bags Petition
Every year, New Zealanders use 1.14billion of petroleum based plastic bags, which equates to each person using 1 bag a day.
Be part of the GetReal campaign to get the major supermarkets to stop giving out free plastic bags and introduce a levy. Visit their website www.getreal.org.nz
Send the following sample email petition sentence to either/both major NZ supermarkets.
Title: Stop Free Plastic Bags in your Supermarkets
Dear Sir, Madam,
I support the GetReal campaign to Stop Free Plastic Bags. As your customer, I want your supermarkets to drastically reduce the number of free plastic shopping bags they give away. The most effective way is to introduce a small charge for the plastic shopping bags.
I urge your supermarkets to start charging for plastic shopping bags, immediately. I will support those supermarkets who charge for plastic shopping bags by choosing to shop at their stores.
Signed: your name; your location; your email address
These are the two major supermarket chains who own/operate almost all the supermarket business in New Zealand - Progressive Enterprises Ltd and the Foodstuffs group of companies.
Progressive holds almost 45% of grocery business in NZ and operates Woolworths, Foodtown and Countdown. Progressive is the franchise coordinator for SuperValue and Fresh Choice. Progressive is a subsidiary of the Australian company, Woolworths Limited. (see http://www.progressive.co.nz/)
Foodstuffs is a NZ company which holds almost 55% of grocery business in NZ and encompasses the stores groups - New World, PAK'n SAVE, Write Price, Four Square and On the Spot. (see http://www.foodstuffs.co.nz/)
In a recent survey, respondents consider 56%* of their plastic bags handed out by supermarkets were unnecessary and 80%* of New Zealand shoppers believe that supermarkets could do more to reduce the numbers of plastic bags they give out.
*(Kiwi PlasticBag Concern Research. February 2007) For a full copy of the research findings use this link: http://www.plasticshoppingbagfree.org.nz/index.php?PageID=78