We know that plastics are choking our oceans, and putting the creatures that call it home at risk. We need a plan to stop it!
Around the world, people and governments are taking bold action. But despite these efforts, big corporates like Coca-Cola, Unilever, and Nestlé produce tonnes of disposable plastics every year with no end in sight. We need a plan to stop this madness.
In New Zealand, we’re winning the ban on bags, but that was always just the beginning. Now together we’ve created a vision and a plan to tackle the scale of plastic pollution in Aotearoa, that calls on Government to step up and forces corporate polluters to clean up their act.
Read the plan below, sign-on and together we can make this a reality.
The Government’s plan to phase-out shopping bags is a fantastic first step! But we’ve got to make sure we get the strongest ban on bags and urgently move on to banning other ‘avoidable’ single use plastics too.
Right now, the Government is consulting on the plastic bag ban. You can send them a message and support a comprehensive bag ban.
Plastic drink bottles, caps and lids are among the worst offenders on our beaches. Putting a price on their head, a deposit refundable to consumers when they return the bottles, would go a long way towards curbing this plastic menace - saving 1 billion plastic bottles a year. We call on the Government to adopt the Kiwi Bottle Drive’s plans for a national container deposit scheme.
Cheap and disposable plastics are all around us. Big corporates make huge profits from selling them - while our planet pays the price. But a pollution levy could change the game. Single-use products that are highly polluting and hard to get rid of like coffee cups, food and take-away packaging would face a real cost - incentivising business to cut excessive and ridiculous plastics out our lives.Read the full report here
We need a national target to keep us on course. The plan calls for a 50 per cent reduction of single-use plastics on the ‘top ten’ offenders list by 2025, and 80 per cent by 2030. Ultimately they would be phased out altogether.
*These targets would be measured using a waste data framework.
We can't recycle our way out of the plastics crisis. Corporations like to promote it as the solution because it shifts blame away from them, as producers. But recyclable plastic products from New Zealand are usually sent overseas, where low-income communities suffer the burden of our cheap disposable waste.We need to find our own solutions to single-use plastics right here with reduction, redesign and reusability.
“Compostable” cups, paper straws and thicker-weight plastic bags are false solutions. They perpetuate the throwaway culture that lies at the heart of our crisis. To truly drive change, we need new systems to deliver new products. We need refillable and reusable alternatives. New Zealand has a chance to become a leader by delivering everything from drinks to detergents in reusable containers, refilled and used over and over.
Big brands like Coca-Cola, Unilever, Nestle, Procter & Gamble produce enormous amounts of disposable plastics with no end in sight. But they've been passing the cost of cleaning it up to taxpayers - and the environment. This needs to change. Producers should cover the cost of collection, transport, processing and clean-up of the single-use plastics they produce.
We has a chance to lead the world on plastic pollution. The New Zealand Government should start building international support for a legally-binding agreement on marine plastic waste at the next UN Environment Assembly. Ultimately this could result in a landmark global agreement to protect our environment by phasing out plastics that are degrading our oceans and our food chain.