Thousands of people have signed a petition, calling for the boycott of Coles, Little Shop 2.
Launching today the new collectibles were deemed to be a “family favourite”, but many Australians have expressed their concern at the non-recyclable toys.
“Are you gobsmacked that Coles has brought out a new range of ‘little shop’ toys during Plastic-free July?”, the Change.org petition creator Sara Coates said.
“Wow.. Coles.. just wow.. You have just proved you really do not care for our children’s future by bringing these so called “collectables” back.
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“This is when most people are doing their best to bring their own bags, choosing less packaging on their food and saying no to straws. Here you are handing out plastic junk that will end in landfill or in our oceans.
“Sure, I get you want higher profits but couldn’t you have come up with something that isn’t plastic? If you really wanted to give our Children something to collect why couldn’t it be environmentally thoughtful?”
The petition has so far gathered more than 30,000 signatures, with petitioners slamming the toys as “junk”.
“Our kids would rather have a future planet free of plastic than a toy,” one petitioner wrote.
“Why reduce plastic bag waste just to replace it with plastic junk toys that will eventually end up in landfill. It totally defies logic,” another said.
“Rather than throwing them out, our customer research shows that of the customers who collected minis last year, 94 per cent have either kept them or given them to family or friends who were collecting,” a Coles spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au.
“The campaign only runs for a limited time and customers who choose to collect them are able to recycle the wrappers at their nearest Coles through our in-store RedCycle program.
“For Coles online deliveries, mini collectible packaging can be returned to the driver, and recycled through the RedCycle program.”
While the support is growing it doesn’t seemed to have dampened the interest of those families keen to collect with reports of total chaos in stores from the early hours this morning.
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