New World Bag Vote - Fourth Option - Bye Bye Plastic Bags
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New Zealanders use around 1.6 billion single-use plastic bags every year. Bags that are made from non-renewable resources, that make their way into the environment where they pose significant harm to marine life or sit in landfills where it can take between up to 1000 years to degrade.
Plastic bags in the marine environment contribute to an estimated 100,000 marine mammal deaths per year. They create a risk of entanglement and turtles and whales have been found to eat them. Plastic bags are also problematic for humans as, over time in the marine environment, they degrade into micro-plastic which attract persistent organic pollutants and enter the food-chain once they have been consumed by fish.
Plastic bags are used on average for less than 12 minutes - Is the convenience really worth the degradation of our environment and the life of a marine creature?
Governments all over the world have taken action to ban the sale of lightweight single-use plastic bags. The Bangladesh government was the first to do so in 2002, imposing a total ban on the bag. Such a ban has also been applied in countries such as Rwanda, China, Taiwan, Macedonia, Kenya, countries in Western Europe, North America, the United Kingdom, and Myanmar. Many States in Australia have legislation banning single-use plastic bags and recently two Australian supermarkets, Woolworths - a parent company of Countdown - and Coles, announced that they will stop giving single-use plastic bags to shoppers within the next year.
New Zealand is well behind the rest of the world in the move to get rid of single-use plastic bags.
New World supermarket have launched a "Bag Vote", which looks on the surface to be taking action on the issue, and consulting the public. However, their options in this vote include, 1. Add 5c per bag to the cost of a single-use plastic bag (funds to go to a community or environmental cause), 2. Add 10c, or 3. Do nothing. The glaring omission is an option of - 4. Stop providing single-use plastic bags!
Surely it is time for New Zealand to join the large number of countries that have already banned these bags.
Join the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand, Bye Bye Plastic Bags New Zealand, fellow passionate New Zealander and petition instigator Renee Zyp-Vanderlaan and lets ban the bag New Zealand!
Lets get New World to add this fourth option to their vote!
Lets say Bye Bye Plastic Bags!
For more information visit: http://www.janegoodall.org.nz/jgi-nz-campaigns/jgi-nz-campaigns-bye-bye-plastic-bags/
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