July 3, 2018
Publix Super Markets
PO Box 407
Lakeland, FL 33802
To Whom It May Concern,
In June 2018, The National Geographic Magazine published extensive reporting of plastic pollution in our oceans. If you have not read the articles, I urge you to do so. Our marine animals are simply drowning in plastic. Birds have been pictured covered in plastic. Turtles have been pictured caught in plastic nets. There is a much-watched video of marine biologists pulling a plastic straw out of a sea turtle’s nose. Birds are eating micro-plastics and feeding their babies micro-plastics. I hope you will agree with me that we need to do something to save our oceans and the lives that depend on the oceans.
We hear a lot about climate change and the need to do something about it before it is too late. I am not so sure I am able to help much. I cannot afford solar panels on my home. I do not have a wind turbine. I do not own a hybrid or electric vehicle and I have to drive to just about every place I go. But, I believe that we can do something today about the abundance of plastics in our oceans. Some scientists “See ocean plastics as a looming catastrophe, worth mentioning in the same breath as climate change,” (NGM, 2018).
As a loyal Publix customer, I am requesting that you do more as a corporation to end the use of single-use plastics. To be specific, I would like you to stop using single-use plastic bags to bag groceries. I would also like you to end the use of single-use plastic bags for produce. Customers can use paper and reusable bags. I just started using reusable bags and when packed correctly, they not only save space but they save time as well. I spend less time loading and unloading groceries when using reusable bags.
I am looking forward to starting a conversation about how Publix can help save marine lives and habitats.
Video of sea turtle with straw stuck in nose: https://youtu.be/4wH878t78bw