Plastic bags can easily end up in our natural environment
Where often animals mistake them for food.
Plastic bags in the water look remarkably like jellyfish which is a turtles favourite snack!
Soft plastics like plastic bags also can't be recycled here in Aotearoa (or most of the world)
And they can take up to 500 years to degrade
Once they degrade they will then be tiny pieces of plastic which smaller fish eat, pollute our soil and water. Eventually they end up in our food too!
If a plastic bag does make it to the landfill, it still contributes to nasty climate changing emissions and leachates which is a toxic liquid that pollutes our soil