Change is Happening!

Look at what we have achieved!! Iceland have decided to ditch Palm Oil from all their own brand products by the end of 2018 and Waitrose have announced that they will no longer provide take away plastic cups for their coffee.shopping

This is definitely down to public opinion. As they say ‘The customer is always right’. When enough people say something loud enough and also talk with the pound in their pockets, change happens.

The pound in our pocket combined with online petitions, individual emails to companies voicing our concerns, and Facebook messages from consumers demanding change in production methods to minimise environmental impact….These really do make a difference.

It’s hard to imagine that anything we do can possibly have an effect, good or bad, on the environment. There are such massive threats facing our world that it is a natural reaction to think ‘What a shame…but its all so overwhelming that there is nothing I can do in the face of ocean acidification, plastic pollution, climate change, deforestation, soil destruction etc

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Image courtesy of Economist.com

In fact, we have enormous power as individuals:

  • Our shopping choices dictate the success or failure of shops, product manufacturers, raw material producers, and all the people in between. If we disapprove of how a product is made, we are free to vote with our wallets and credit cards.
  • Companies, even huge multinationals, change their ways in the face of public disapproval.
  • Who remembers the outcry about microbeads in facewashes and toothpastes?
  • Longer ago there was public outcry about the use of CFCs in aerosols and they were replaced.
  •  A similar sea change (pun intended) seems to be underway regarding single use plastics. Waitrose, Co- op, and many others are buckling to public opinion.

 

Every day each one of us chooses with our wallets and affects the behaviour of these companies. When we join forces and sign petitions, write letters and emails, go on marches, or do interviews in the media, we hasten the change for good.

Similarly, when we fatalistically succumb to the thought that there is nothing we can do, we allow business as usual to continue to the detriment of all the living world, ourselves included.

The pound in our pocket combined with online petitions, individual emails to companies voicing our concerns, and Facebook messages from consumers demanding change in production methods to minimise environmental impact….These really do make a difference.

 

It’s to imagine that anything we do can possibly have an effect, good or bad, on the environment in the face of the massive threats facing our world. Ocean acidification, plastic pollution, climate change, deforestation, soil destruction etc

In fact, we have enormous power as individuals:

  • Our shopping choices dictate the success or failure of shops, product manufacturers, raw material producers, and all the people in between. If we disapprove of how a product is made, we are free to vote with our wallets and credit cards.
  • Companies, even huge multinationals, change their ways in the face of public disapproval.
  • Who remembers the outcry about microbeads in facewashes and toothpastes?
  • Longer ago there was public outcry about the use of CFCs in aerosols and they were replaced.
  •  A similar sea change (pun intended) seems to be underway regarding single use plastics. Waitrose, Co op, and many others are buckling to public opinion.

So….What to do?

Pick whatever it is that catches your eye as an issue: single use plastic rapped around  bananas, palm oil in your favourite chocolate bar, it really doesn’t matter where you decide to start. Let the supermarket and/or producer know why you are unhappy with their product. Maybe tell a friend or two about an issue that you care about and how they could also do their bit if they felt the same. Share a post on about this issue.

Happy campaigning!

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