Target: Nick Coe, CEO of Bath and Body Works
Goal: Reduce plastic waste by making stores into product dispensaries.
Bath and Body works makes $2.5 billion in annual net sales, all by selling products distributed in plastic bottles. Plastic waste is leading to the toxification of soil and water and the deaths of millions of animals. If a company is making billions of dollars selling its products out of the material year after year, the damage this is causing to the environment is unimaginable. Tell Nick Coe to reduce plastic waste by changing his stores into dispensaries.
Plastic is derived from oil and doesn’t biodegrade in a landfill. It can take up to one million years to decompose, leeching toxins into soil, bodies of water and water supplies all the while. As of 2010, more than 14 countries have banned the use of the plastic shopping bags, or are considering it. Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour and plastic items thrown into the ocean kill up to one million marine animals every year. Even plastics that get recycled cause severe environmental damage by releasing toxins into the air when melted. It’s shocking that those in charge of a company which makes billions of dollars a year selling products entirely out of plastic containers haven’t thought of a more environmentally method of distribution yet.
Bath and Body Works has already been targeted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and other health and environmental groups for selling products containing a chemical that is harmful to teens. The company also sells products that contain parabens, which studies have shown can lead to cancer. So not only is this company selling products with toxic chemicals, it’s selling them out of a material that is toxic for the planet. Despite Bath and Body Works’s questionable business practices, people are more than likely going to continue buying its products. Bath and Body Works has built a business on repeat business by patrons who enjoy its variety of scents. If customers are continuing to return to stores to buy the same scents over and over, the least Bath and Body Works can do is sell them out of dispensaries. Customers would simply bring their reusable bottles to the store and refill them.
Tell Nick Coe that a company earning billions of dollars in profits should give something back to the planet its been exploiting to make them. Ask him to change all Bath and Body Works stores to dispensaries.
Dear Nick Coe,
Each year, your company makes billions of dollars in profits by selling the same products over and over again out of plastic bottles. With plastic waste causing the death of millions of animals as well as causing soil and water to become contaminated, companies like yours need to consider ways you can reduce your negative environmental impact. By not changing your stores into dispensaries, you are not only causing unnecessary damage to the environment, you are missing out on an opportunity to lead the way for other retailers to take the same environmentally conscious step.
Since your company sells to a high number of repeat customers, it makes perfect sense to start allowing those customers to refill reusable bottles with your products. This would not only reduce plastic waste, but make you an industry leader in implementing environmentally friendly practices. We urge you to change your stores into dispensaries.
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