The problem:

The solution:

By the latest estimate, 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans each year. Single-use plastic bags are just one small part of that problem, but they're one we can so easily fix. In New Zealand, we use 1.6 BILLION bags a year, and on average for just 12 minutes. Many of these bags end up making their way to the ocean, where they're mistaken for food by creatures like turtles, and swallowed. One in three turtles found on New Zealand beaches has swallowed plastic.

We need to ban single-use plastic bags in New Zealand at a national level. Thanks to thousands of people taking action last year, we got two of the biggest supermarkets, New World and Countdown, to announce a ban in 2017. But now we need to go further. A national ban means all retailers must comply and stops more plastic entering the system.

Things you can do

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A million acts

Find out about the scale of the plastic problem.

Save our seas from plastic pollution. Call on the NZ Govt to implement a nationwide ban on single-use plastic bags.

Take part in the million acts of blue. Together we can build a plastic free future.

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Find out about the scale of the plastic problem.

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Save our seas from plastic pollution. Call on the NZ Govt to implement a nationwide ban on single-use plastic bags.

Sign the petition

Take part in the million acts of blue. Together we can build a plastic free future.

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The humble plastic bag