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Plastic Bags There are still heaps out there!

Yes, yes, we know, plastic bags were banned right? So problem solved?

Think again!

There are still many types of bags that are single-use and harming our planet.

Produce bags

Chip packets

Bread bags

Rubbish bags

Plastic "reusable" bags

Doggy doo bags

And just like the lightweight single-use shopping bags banned in 2019, these other bags still cause havoc in our environment.

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 turtle's favourite snack!

Soft plastics can only be recycled in some parts of New Zealand and there is limited demand for this kind of recycled plastic.

And they can take up to 500 years to break down if littered.

They break down into tiny pieces of plastic which pollute our soil and water. Smaller fish eat them so eventually they could end up in our food too!

If a plastic bag does make it to a landfill it may never break down. Then if a landfill is accidentally reopened due to flood waters as with Fox River landfill it will still end up on our beaches.

But thankfully, heaps of the plastic bags we still find in Aotearoa are super easy to replace!

Bring your own produce bags and don't buy pre-bagged produce.

Don't buy another plastic reusable bag at the supermarket.

Remember to bring your own reusable bag - the best type of reusable bag is the one you already have!

Use reusable bags, containers or paper bags instead of ziplock bags.

Bake your own bread

Or buy bread in paper bags- these are typically available at supermarkets and bakeries.

Make your own chips

Some brands of chips use compostable packaging. These can’t be recycled so cut up and place in your compost bin.

Make a rubbish bag out of newspaper.

Or don't use a bin liner at all and just rinse out your bin when it needs it.

Take part in this years Plastic Free July Challenge and see how much plastic you can choose to refuse.

Credits:

Created with images by Priscilla Du Preez - "A burlap bag of apples" • Morgan Vander Hart - "untitled image" • Nicepear Jakarta - "untitled image" • Rhys Wang - "untitled image" • Griffin Wooldridge - "untitled image" • Jo Lanta - "Śmieć" • Spencer - "Jellies!" • Masha Kotliarenko - "untitled image" • Brian Yurasits - "A single use plastic bag seen floating through the water. These are the consequences of our convenient lifestyles, and separation from nature. Spend some time outdoors and you'll see the plastic problem everywhere. YOU can help by using less plastic at home, and supporting local, sustainable businesses. Follow on Instagram @wildlife_by_yuri" • Markus Spiske - "Zero waste lifestlye – shop fresh bio vegetables directly with your cotton mesh bag at the farmers market without plastic" • Evie Calder - "Our bags are made by Freeset, a Fair Trade certified organisation based in Kolkata, West Bengal. Freeset was established back in 2001 as a way of providing employment and intervention for women who are trafficked into prostitution in Kolkata, and now exists specifically to provide freedom for women from the sex trade. All of Freeset’s profits go towards benefitting its workers, enabling them to earn a fair wage (twice the going rate for an equivalent job elsewhere), as well as obtain health insurance and a pension plan - and most importantly, experience freedom." • Dan Gold - "untitled image" • Yulia Khlebnikova - "Sweet potato crisps are so much better than the regular ones! In taste, shape AND in color:)"