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7-Eleven​ ​&​ ​Plastic

7-Eleven​ ​&​ ​Plastic:​ ​

Polluting​ ​the​ ​world,​ ​one​ ​store​ ​at​ ​a​ ​time.

And that’s about 60,000 stores spread all across the planet. 7-Eleven is, clearly, one of the largest international chains of convenience stores out there, although, seemingly with one of the smallest sense of responsibility for the planet it thrives on! In the west, North America alone has about 10,900 stores, while in the east, they boast of having more than 9,400 centres just in Thailand. But even that is far from the end of it. In between the east and the west, 7-Eleven has cropped up in about 18 countries which include Mexico, China, Thailand, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau, Australia, UAE, Norway, Philippines,​ ​Hong​ ​Kong,​ ​Sweden,​ ​Indonesia​ ​and​ ​Denmark.
That’s good news for 7-Eleven alright, but what about​you – how does this affect you? At the surface, although it might seem like they are a business that helps make your life more convenient, in reality, 7-Eleven has become a humongous source of plastic pollution across the globe. Read on, and you’ll be quite alarmed at the truth behind all the fancy, feel good marketing​ ​gimmicks​ ​they​ ​keep​ ​throwing​ ​in​ ​your​ ​face.

How​ ​7-Eleven​ ​is​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​spreading​ ​a​ ​culture​ ​of​ ​plastic​ ​pollution:

7-Eleven, being true to their company vision, have focussed stringently on becoming the best retailer across the globe, in terms of convenience. That’s great, yes? A big ‘NO’, if you care​ ​at​ ​all​ ​about​ ​the​ ​health​ ​of​ ​our​ ​planet​ ​and​ ​subsequently​ ​your​ ​health.
In keeping true to their vision, 7-Eleven has chosen to completely ignore the sheer amount of plastic pollution it spreads by having an inexcusable and careless store policy in place that actively promotes the use of more plastic. The 7-Eleven staff will pack all the items the customer brings to the cash counter into multiple plastic bags and then even slip in an unnecessary, although quite convenient, amount of additional plastic items such as plastic spoons, forks, cups and straws, regardless of whether the customer asked for or even needed it. Inevitably, in many cases, people don’t need it after all. Guess where all that plastic​ ​goes?​ ​Off​ ​to​ ​clog​ ​our​ ​drains​ ​or​ ​pollute​ ​the​ ​landfills​ ​and​ ​our​ ​oceans.

We​ ​use​ ​a​ ​million​ ​plastic​ ​bag​ ​every​ ​other​ ​minute,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​good​ ​chunk​ ​of​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​from unconcerned​ ​business​ ​outlets​ ​such​ ​as​ ​the​ ​7-Eleven.

Sure, it might seem, as if I’m a bit too harsh on a business doing well, but wait till you consider​ ​some​ ​of​ ​these​ ​7-Eleven​ ​statistics:

● In​ ​2015,​ ​a​ ​new​ ​7-Eleven​ ​outlet​ ​popped​ ​up​ ​every​ ​2.5​ ​hours.

● 6 million people visit a 7-Eleven every day in the United States, while in Thailand that number reaches 8 million, and these are not even the countries with the most number​ ​of​ ​7-Eleven’s

● Most of these folks purchase food items that can be consumed immediately, which is in​ ​almost​ ​all​ ​cases,​ ​wrapped​ ​in​ ​plastic. ● About 1.1 million cups of coffee to go leaves the 7-Eleven every day along with plastic​ ​spoons​ ​and​ ​straws​ ​of​ ​course.

● To date, they have sent out almost ​7.2 billion Slurpees in to go plastic cups. Add to that​ ​7.2​ ​billion​ ​plastic​ ​straw​ ​etc.

● Soda​ ​sales​ ​reach​ ​45​ ​million​ ​gallons​ ​every​ ​year.​ ​Guess​ ​in​ ​what​ ​they​ ​sell​ ​their​ ​soda?

Concerning​ ​plastic​ ​pollution,​ ​all​ ​of​ ​these​ ​milestones​ ​and​ ​accomplishments​ ​of 7-Eleven​ ​just​ ​points​ ​to​ ​the​ ​smoking​ ​gun​ ​in​ ​their​ ​hand. Most​ ​of​ ​these​ ​facts,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​find​ ​on​ ​the​ ​official​ ​7-Eleven​ ​website​ ​itself!

What’s​ ​the​ ​big​ ​deal?​ ​It’s​ ​just​ ​plastic! Really? Do we even need to debate on this? Anyone with the slightest sense of awareness will know that the plastic pollution situation is already at a critical level. Ask any traveller backpacking through the ‘exotic’ lands of south east Asia, and they will all, without a doubt, attest​ ​to​ ​the​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​the​ ​plastic​ ​menace​ ​is​ ​way​ ​out​ ​of​ ​hand.

Over​ ​​300​ ​billion​ ​tonnes​​ ​of​ ​plastic​ ​is​ ​produced​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world​ ​every​ ​year.

Europe alone uses over 100 billion plastic bags annually. Half of these bags are destined just for single use! Where does all this plastic go then? They enter the waterways and end up​ ​in​ ​the​ ​ocean​ ​or​ ​just​ ​sit​ ​in​ ​our​ ​landfills,​ ​literally,​ ​forever!
Just off the coast of California, plastic trash has collected on the ocean surface, forming a huge patch that is like a floating island of plastic debris – mockingly named the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This patch is, believe it or not, twice the size of Texas. And it’s not the only such​ ​patch.​ ​About​ ​five​ ​such​ ​garbage​ ​islands​ ​are​ ​floating​ ​threateningly​ ​on​ ​our​ ​ocean​ ​surface.

There’s​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​plastic,​ ​so​ ​what?

Yes, why should you care, right? Think again, because plastic is killing you, slowly but surely. And it’s poisoning your children and the generations to come. The plants and animals are of course the most immediate and helpless victims. But sitting proudly on top of the food chain, we will sooner or later consume them and eventually poison ourselves by our own hands. It’s not a prediction. Plastic has already entered our systems. Years of abuse we have inflicted upon the planet has finally come around to bite us. Need more proof of this cancer​ ​that​ ​is​ ​spreading​ ​in​ ​our​ ​system?​ ​Read​ ​this​ ​-​ ​An​ ​era​ ​of​ ​plastic​ ​overkill.

Don’t​ ​be​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​problem.

With their lax behaviour and total lack of concern for the plastic pollution that their business enables, 7-Eleven is, without a doubt, part of the problem. You, however, don’t have to be. It is, in fact, well within your power to reduce, if not put a stop to, the plastic pollution crisis that businesses​ ​such​ ​as​ ​7-Eleven​ ​promote.
With​ ​pollution​ ​across​ ​the​ ​globe​ ​reaching​ ​critical​ ​levels,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​business​ ​as usual​ ​for​ ​the​ ​planet!

iBan Plastic is fighting against big corporates like 7-Eleven that only seem to care about the numbers. So then, let us give them the numbers, only now, let these figures be against business policies that promote the use of plastic. Let us all come together for the sake and love of our planet. Sign the petition, share the article, educate your family and friends.​ ​Do​ ​all​ ​that​ ​you​ ​can.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​time​ ​now​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​solution.

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AND COUNTING +++
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    United kingdom

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    Canada

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    Canada

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    United kingdom

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  • Murray Ellis
    Australia

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7/11 Loves Plastic

7/11 Loves Plastic

When it comes to all the plastic that you see in Thailand, then hands down the biggest kid on the block, is the ever so popular 7-Eleven Store. With well over 9,400 outlets, Thailand has one of the largest number of stores, second only to Japan. With approximately 50% of these stores in Bangkok and the overflowing shoppers, the suffocating presence of plastic there is no surprise.

Being one of the largest international chain of convenient stores, for the 7-Eleven it is indeed quite convenient to appeal to people’s needs and desires. Pork in plastic, soda in plastic, coffee in plastic! With the help of alluring advertisements and a delightful color palette, around 8.3 Million Thais walk into a 7-Eleven every day and walk out with a plastic bag full of more plastic.

Is it really, that big a deal?

As it stands, with over 300 million tons of plastic being produced every year, the world is slowly turning into plastic. Half of this plastic we only ever use once! The super invention that solved many of mankind’s day to day and even industrial level problems, has now turned into a catastrophic problem of its own. Plastic is present almost everywhere you go, hell we’ve sent it to Mars too! Actually, you don’t even need to go anywhere. It is there in your home, in your bathroom, in your kitchen and most likely it’s on you too! The plastic presence in our world is growing at an alarming rate. Millions of plastic bags have been used in just the last minute.

But, why should you care?

For starters, plastic is poison. Of course the bottled water you just purchased is not poisoned by plastic, at least not yet. A lot of toxic substances and chemical additives go into the manufacturing of plastic. Plastic also tends to attract other chemical pollutants, like DDT, present in the environment, thus increasing the level of contamination. Over an extended period of time the plastic reacts with the air, water and other environmental factors to slowly start releasing these toxins back into the environment thus contaminating the water and air around it. Sure, this process takes time. But that is where plastic’s most lethal property comes into play — Plastic doesn’t decompose easily. It simply breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces over time. A thin bottle of water may take up to 1000 years before it decomposes while a milk jug can take up to a million years to decompose! During this time the plastic would have broken down into microscopic particles and quite literally, poisoned the marine ecosystem. So, why should you care ? Plastic has all the time in the world. You don’t.

Read this article, An Era Of Plastic Overkill, to learn more about how plastic is adversely affecting our health and environment.

How can you help make a change?

What businesses such as 7-Eleven forget is that no matter how big you get, the common people when they come together will always be a much more powerful force to reckon with. The corporates may not have it, but the people most definitely have a conscience that they prefer keeping clean. Just like, how despite the government’s well intended ‘No Bag, No Baht’ public campaign to reduce plastic usage, Bangkok still uses well over 600,000 plastic bags every day! Simply playing it nice and just relying on the good will of the people will not work anymore.

The health of the planet is not what they care about. But there is something they do care about and that is numbers. Even if just half of the populace unite, it would give the 7-Eleven Board a serious jolt to get up and act on our concerns. A serious issue such as this requires serious action. And they will act, when they see a huge number of signatures demanding that they stop handing out unnecessary plastic to each and every customer. It is time large corporations such as 7-Eleven start taking responsibility for their contribution to the plastic pollution that is destroying our environment.

Plastic, the number 1 pollutant that is slowly poisoning us, our children and the generations to come, is no small enemy. Let us all come together in support of a healthier planet. Educate your friends, family and those around you. Getting over 200,000+ signatures supporting the cause will put this petition among the top 10 online petitions. Let us then give it our all and make this petition one of the top petitions online. Only then will LCP ALL Public Company Limited, the parent company that operates and grants franchises to all the 7-Eleven stores in Thailand, take action and bring into effect policies that curbs the amount of extra plastic such as plastic bags, straws and utensils that is given to each customer. All of us are responsible for the plastic menace we face now. If it pricks at your conscience too, then be a part of the solution and sign this petition to bring down the plastic pollution from 7-Eleven stores.