Demand Trader Joe’s End Use of Excessive, Non-Sustainable Food Packaging

Target: Dan Bane, CEO of Trader Joe’s

Goal: End the use of ecologically harmful food packaging in Trader Joe’s stores.

Trader Joe’s is a popular source of affordable organic groceries, but unfortunately its packaging practices are anything but environmentally responsible. The excessive plastic that surrounds each prepared food serving and individual piece of produce simplifies shipping and selling for the company, but also multiplies the impact on landfills. Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane needs to drastically reduce the packaging used in his products.

The plastic packaging found in Trader Joe’s stores is non-biodegradable, and represents one of the most infrequently recycled forms of waste. This means that when a customer buys piece of produce, the polystyrene tray it rested on and the cellophane that wrapped it will most likely end up lying forever in a dump somewhere. In fact, roughly one-third of the waste produced in the United States is from packaging. And if the discarded waste trickling into our ecosystems isn’t bad enough, the process of creating these packaging products requires use of fossil fuels and is unsustainable as well. The message is simple – the less plastic and Styrofoam we use, the better off our planet will be.

While it is commendable that Trader Joe’s offers low-cost organic and free-range products, this doesn’t justify careless waste production. If the grocery chain truly wants to set an example of responsible business, it must acknowledge and resolve this regrettable practice. By signing the petition below, you can ask Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane to reduce the packaging in Trader Joe’s products.


Dear Mr. Bane,

Trader Joe’s offers a valuable opportunity for consumers to buy organic products for reasonable prices. Regrettably, many people refuse to shop at your stores for one simple reason: the excess use of packaging. While wrapping produce in cellophane and polystyrene trays may simplify shipping and pricing and thereby save you money, it also scares away customers. There is widespread public awareness that these plastic packaging products are non-biodegradable, and that their production and disposal are ecologically harmful. It is therefore difficult to feel good about buying organic produce when you know that you’re simultaneously contributing to a local landfill.

There is ample reason to believe that any added expense caused by using sustainable packaging will be made up for by increased sales. This change would undoubtedly mark your company as a forward-thinking and sustainable business, characteristics greatly valued by shoppers. Please give consumers the opportunity to make the most sustainable choices possible by removing excess packaging from Trader Joe’s products.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. SUE GRIFFITHS says:

    Very often in the UK shoppers have paid for their goods then stripped them of all unnecessary packaging and dumped it at the checkout. They soon get the message. I see a lot less packaging now. It’s mad, but cucumbers and bananas have protective outer skins, so what’s the point of packaging? US. shoppers should get together and leave their packaging at the checkout. The more shoppers do this, the more impact you’ll make.

  2. Trader Joe’s is increasingly popular with new stores opening up everywhere, and along with this more unsustainable packaging created and discarded. They market themselves to a younger and progressive crowd, yet they fail to understand that their own customer’s would readily embrace any changes towards sustainability.

  3. I support this campaign to force Trader Joe’s to cease using harmful plastic packaging in their foods. We are exposed to enough plastics as it is.

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