The Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall BBC 3-part TV programme, about plastics, had a short term campaign to return plastic to the supermarkets with each piece marked with the hashtag #ourplasticfeedback. That campaign has finished but many people are still returning unwanted plastic in person and by posting it all back to the supermarket where it was acquired.
This is a proposal to extend that campaign indefinitely.
I believe that using the FREEPOST method will have more impact because the supermarkets are financially affected as they have to pay for each delivery….so the more you all send back, the more it costs the supermarkets.
Clean your plastic containers and mark with the same #ourplasticfeedback and either crush or cut up and enclose the following letter in each envelope. Don’t expect a response though.
WAR ON PLASTIC
Why have you received this?
The plastic enclosed has been removed from my shopping and returned to your supermarket because I and the members of the War on Plastic group do not want single use plastic to be used. There are too many examples of food packaging that is excessive, unnecessary and avoidable.
Our current local council recycling systems cannot cope or vary too widely to cater for the many types of plastic you and your suppliers are using today and as a result we now suffer from ridiculous amounts of non-biodegradable plastics in landfill and/or shipping our waste to foreign shores for processing … or not processing, depending on where they end up.
This has to stop.
What am I expecting?
That you, as a primary driving force, initiates the rapid development of alternative packaging systems with your suppliers. We also ask that you extend your trial systems to provide re-fillable systems throughout your nationwide branches. Paper, recycled paper and card, glass containers and other multiple use containers should be the norm, not the exception.
Take the lead, react before legislation forces you and win customers hearts and minds in doing so.
Thanks to Jake Gates for the list of FREEPOST addresses…
Tesco Customer Services
PO Box 137
ASDA Contact Centre
Great Wilson Street
The Co-operative Group
W. H. Smith Retail Ltd.
Waitrose & John Lewis Partnership
LIDL UK GmbH
19 WORPLE ROAD
MUSGRAVE RETAIL PARTNERS GB
ICELAND FOODS LTD
DEESIDE INDUSTRIAL PARK
The following are not FREEPOST addresses but if you send items without postage paid they have to pay anyway.
Marks and Spencer PLC
48 Hardwick Grange, Woolston,
Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Customer Service Department