Petitioning Environment Minister Hon. Nick Smith

Ban all Microbeads AND Phase-out Single-use Plastic Bags in New Zealand

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The Environment Minister Hon. Nick Smith has proposed a ban on the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing microbeads in New Zealand under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. This is an encouraging step however it does not go far enough to protect our natural environment.

The ban does not include microbeads contained in other household and industrial products that can end up in our waterways. The Minister has also ruled out similar changes in relation to single-use plastic bags.

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest issues facing our oceans and coasts. An estimated 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic entered the oceans in 2010 from people living within 50 kilometres of the coast in 192 countries.

This is not just New Zealand's problem, plastic pollution is a global issue that affects wildlife, habitats and ultimately, us.

The ultimate solution to environmental plastic pollution is to prevent contamination in the first place, first and foremost by a reduction in use, followed by reuse, recycling, and energy recovery.

A number of countries have taken steps to create robust legislation surrounding the phase-out and ban of polluting plastics such as microbeads and single-use plastic bags with proven success.

It is time New Zealand showed stronger environmental leadership by protecting our waterways and oceans from harmful plastic- based pollutants.

If you think more should be done to protect our waterways and oceans, have your say today and put your name to this petition. Together we can send a strong message to our Government to make a positive change for a better and brighter future. 

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    Hon. Nick Smith


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