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To: Wimpy South Africa CEO
DURBAN, SA: WIMPY STOP USING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
We urge Wimpy to phase out ALL single-use plastic packaging by investing in biodegradable or reusable alternatives.
ABANDON THE FOLLOWING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC ITEMS FROM YOUR STORE(S):
• Plastic straws
• Plastic lids
• Condiments in plastic sachets
• Plastic-bottled drinks
Why is this important?
While we commend Wimpy to for slowly phasing out a few single-used plastic items, we want to make a bigger commitment by opting to abandon the rest of your single-use plastic.
For far too long, big corporations have forced plastic packaging into our lives when we buy their products. We have been told that recycling and better waste management are the answers. But, we know that over 90% of plastic has not been recycled.
It’s time for corporations to move away from single-use plastic. The disgusting state of our coastline is one blaring example of why. Months have passed since the nurdle spill at Durban harbour, yet bits of plastic still end up on our beaches – we’re talking about a 3,000 km radius!
These plastic pellets, used to create other plastic items, would not have been at our harbour in the first place had there not been a demand for plastic.
WE ASK YOU TO CUT YOUR USAGE TO STOP THE DEMAND FOR THESE ITEMS!
The more that businesses move toward biodegradable or reusable alternatives, the cheaper they will become, and the less plastic makes its way into the environment.