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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 so many types of bags that are single use and are harming our planet.

Produce bags

Chip packets

Bread bags

Rubbish bags

Ziplock bags

Plastic "reusable" bags

And just like the already banned versions of plastic bags, these 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 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

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 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

There are some chip products packaged in home compostable packaging- just make sure you put it in the 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

All these changes can make a big difference so let your family and friends know!

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" • NeONBRAND - "Boy, did someone take that trash out." • 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:)"