Here in New Zealand we love our wild coastlines and big ocean. We love eating kai moana and spending time in beautiful, clean, natural places. It’s part of who we are.

Every year it’s estimated we toss away more than a billion plastic bottles here in New Zealand.

This plastic ends up clogging our landfills, getting shipped offshore and incinerated in places like Malaysia, where it harms human health, or it winds up on our coast,causing harm to wildlife like the toroa (albatross) and breaking down into tiny toxic pieces which end up in our food.

We all know the time has come for visionary action on plastic – let’s ban throwaway plastic bottles* and mandate for reusable alternatives.

We’re calling on New Zealand’s government to ban single-use plastic bottles. Will you join us?

*The scope of this ban should include all ‘ready-to-drink’, single-use plastic beverage containers in the volume range of 0.1 litres to 3 litres (e.g. mineral water, soft drinks, sport drinks, juices, and milks).


Minister Eugenie Sage and the NZ Government: I urge you to ban unnecessary single-use plastic bottles* in NZ, and to incentivise reusable and refillable alternatives.

The problem

Plastic pollution is choking our oceans, and putting the creatures that call them home at risk. We need a plan to stop it! Around the world, people and governments are taking bold action, but some of their plans still don’t go far enough. Meanwhile, big corporations like Coca Cola, keep on churning plastic out at break neck speed.

The solution

In New Zealand, we got a ban on plastic bags, but that’s just the beginning. Together we’ve created a vision to tackle the scale of plastic pollution in Aotearoa, that calls on the Government to step up – and forces corporate polluters to clean up their act. Read the plan, sign-on and take action with us!

What you can do?

Read the plan

Our oceans are choking on single-use plastics. It’s time for real solutions. We’re calling on the Government to dramatically cut single-use plastic in Aotearoa and hold industry accountable for this plastic mess they create. Learn more about our Plastic Free NZ plan by reading here.

Read the plan


Join our call on Government to ban single-use plastic drink bottles, one of the number one contributors to plastic pollution.

Start here

Campaign in your local area

Start your own local plastic petition and help drive change in your community. Call on your MP to support the plan, or demand your local business go plastic free. Get active in this campaign and together, let’s make ‘Plastic-Free NZ’ a reality!

Start here

Download our policy paper

Together with our plastic-free allies, we put forward a policy paper in January 2019, that sets out the work that needs to be done to make NZ plastic pollution free. You can download that here.

Download here

Where does NZ's plastic end up?