• Tax on Single Use Plastic
    It would make companies like Fonterra who are one of the biggest contributors of single use plastic waste in the country, stop,think and seriously weigh up the production of plastic versus re-using glass bottles, as we used to. They would also be enforced to contribute more significantly to recycling the waste product they produce. Millions of plastic bottles per week. Change on the level we require needs a massive action plan by our government which is just not happening at the speed required; other countries are leading the way. For instance India, who has put in place a government action plan to stop the use of most single use plastics by 2022. That should be us, let’s make it happen. Support this and you will be taking a positive action step to make this a reality. I thank you for your support.
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    Created by Ian Wilson
  • Ditch the plastic packaging. Now, please.
    Plastic is a global scourge. Every part of our environment is affected by it. Once here it never goes away. Ever. We have a huge problem on our hands to deal with the plastic that exists already. Our sea life is suffering and so, indirectly, are we. New Zealand is the 10th worst wasteful country in the world. 41,000 tonnes of plastic was shipped overseas in 2017 for other people to deal with; much of it was burnt illegally, causing serious health issues to local people. 8 out of 9 commercially fished fish have ingested plastic. 2 out of 3 NZ turtles found dead, had plastic inside them. (Facts sourced from Greenpeace NZ)
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  • Jetstar Please stop using single use plastic.
    The amount of plastic building up in the environment, with more and more plastic accumulating in the ocean is upsetting. New Zealand does not have the facilities to recycle it, and the world has too much plastic to be able to keep up, we need to stop producing and using single use plastics. Just recently, Air New Zealand announced all single use plastics would be removed from their flights within the next 12 months. We commend Air New Zealand for this positive change towards a healthier planet and a more sustainable future for Aotearoa. We now challenge Jetstar to also make the same commitment. What do you say Jetstar will you also make the change for a healthier planet?
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  • STOP SINGLE USE PLASTIC
    By 2050 Almost every seabird on the planet will be suffering because of it, Earth's most precious and incredible life support system is choking right now because of it and yet massive corporations continue to dump the equivalent of a truckload of it into our Ocean every minute! I deeply care about the protection of our Marine Life and preservation of our planets most important life support system The devastating impact of discarded plastic packaging has now reached every corner of the world's oceans. The tide of plastic bottles and bags continues to roll in yet the shores it has to wash up on are fast depleting and sea creatures like turtles and seabirds are been forced to ingest this senseless waste. It makes sense to demand that those corporations responsible invest in sustainable packaging solutions. If we don't do our best to give our planets health the protection it deserves...who will ?
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  • End Plastic Wraps on NZQA Exams
    NZQA distributes thousands of exams each year and each is wrapped in plastic. This plastic is biodegradable according to NZQA, however research shows that biodegradable plastic can not break down without UV rays and high temperatures. Most, if not all, of this plastic will end up buried in landfill, killing our sea life or marring our parks. We should be teaching the younger generation the importance of sustainability and being conscious of the environment, and when their education provider does not adhere to these values, it does not bode well for the future of this planet. Sign this petition to show your support of the environment and to urge NZQA to switch to recyclable paper envelopes or reusable zip lock bags. Together we can make a change!
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  • Auckland Council make plastic bags a priority waste item to phase out
    For the sake of wildlife, our climate, our oceans and creeks, we urgently need to phase out plastic shopping bags now.The Council is consulting on the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. But the scope of the plan does not include a phase out of plastic shopping bags. Sign here to tell Council this is an top priority. In 2015 the Local Government Conference called on central Government to introduce a levy and phase out single use plastic bags. In 2017 Auckland mayor Phil Goff signed an open letter calling on the government to do the same, or enable Councils to charge their own levy. Currently Councils are unable to apply a levy to plastic bags. However, they can do many things, such as work in communities and with retailers to educate and support the phase out. It's time Council instructed staff to act on this urgently. 17,000 tonnes of soft plastics were sne tto landfill in 2016. Considering the light weight of plastic bags this is a huge number. Time to ban the bag.
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  • Make Waiheke Plastic Straw Free
    Straw Free Waiheke is committed to make Waiheke plastic straw free. We're already halfway there with 36 venues pledging to ditch plastic straws. But we need your help, and your voice, to achieve the dream of ridding our island paradise of plastic straws? Over 500,000 straws are being produced every day globally. Unfortunately, a vast majority of these straws end up in our streets and seas. In a year, it has been estimated that at least 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles are harmed when they entangle themselves in or ingest plastic pollution littered in our oceans.
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  • Ban the Plastic Bag in the Far North!
    Single-use disposable plastic bags are not recycled and although often reused, they pollute and poison the marine and land environment and negatively impact human and animal health. The ingestion of plastic in our sea waters seriously threatens turtles, whales, sea birds and myriad other creatures. Plastic bags take several hundred years to break down leaving microscopic pieces of highly toxic plastic in the environment as they fissure. Toxicity from plastic components has been scientifically linked to metabolic disorders and threats to fertility in humans and sea creatures. Stopping the use of single-use disposable plastic bags is a relatively easy way we can make a positive difference.
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  • Tell Air New Zealand to stop using single use plastics.
    The plastic problem in the environment and in the ocean is ever increasing. Recently on a short haul flight I was very upset and disappointed to see the amount of plastic that was used. I thought about the fact that this was just one flight, I thought about all the other flights that day and the day after and the amount of plastic those flight must produce. On that same flight I read an article in the Air NZ magazine talking about the good work they are doing to contribute to conservation and offset carbon. The amount of damage carbon emissions do is massive, so why not limit the amount of damage done in all other areas. I believe one way that Air NZ could really make a difference is to stop using so much plastic!! As a leading airline that represents New Zealand, bringing millions of people from all over the world to our shores, I believe they have a responsibility to set a good example and lead the movement to end single use plastics in this country. For example they could use biodegradable cups, filtered water served in metal jugs instead of using bottled water. Milk from a jug instead of small plastic throw away containers. Paper or biodegradable rubbish bags, there are many sustainable options available. Some of them made right here in Aotearoa. We should all be doing our bit to support local businesses and protect the environment. How about you, Air New Zealand - will you do the right thing? Will you make the move to a healthier and more sustainable Aotearoa for future generations?!
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  • Reduce plastic in Whangarei
    1. Plastic comes from fossil fuels which need to be left in the ground. 2. Plastic never ever degrades and becomes a permanent blight in our natural environment, particularly our waterways and oceans. Plastic is destroying our aquatic ecosystems. We've lived without plastic products before, and we can live quite happily without them again.
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  • Ban all Disposable Plastics in New Zealand
    More than 25,000kg of plastic waste is littered in New Zealand DAILY. 100,000 animals die every year after ingesting or becoming entangled in disposable plastic bags, in which have a devastating impact on marine animals such as whales, seals, sea birds, turtles and not to mention the coastline life such as mussels. Every year 8 -13 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans. It's equal to five grocery bags per every foot of coastline around the globe. The even worse news is that the tonnage is on target to increase tenfold in the next decade. In one incident in New Zealand a Turtle was found to have 224 bits of plastic in its stomach. At least 44 per cent of marine bird species are known to eat plastic, and too a sperm whale calf found dead in the Aegean Sea contained all kinds of rubbish, including 100 plastic bags. Every piece of plastic ever produced is still on the planet in one form or another, unless incinerated and every single person on the planet today will consume 136kgs of single use plastic in this year alone! Dianna Cohen, from the US-based Plastic Pollution Coalition, is supporting Waiheke Island's BYO Bag initiative, which aims to make the island plastic bag free. She says some of these chemicals, including bisphenol A (BPA) and hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates, have been linked to cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer's, autism, and a number of sexual problems like lower sexual functioning, sterility and infertility in humans. The National Green Tribunal of India passed legislation, effective beginning of 2017, to prohibit use of all disposable plastics. So I ask you, in a Country so rich with resources and options, why we are not in the forefront of change, especially with the abundance of sea and animal life that thrive in our coastlines and in our rich and dense landscapes? New Zealand is known across the world for such scenery, and phenomenal beaches, but if we remain in an ever expanding population and a contributor to the never ending cycle and production of waste product then we are doing a disservice to our environment, our animal life and our futures. *Economic data from 192 coastal countries bordering the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans in addition to the Black and Mediterranean Seas. They found that these countries created 275 million tons of garbage annually, of which 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic flowed into the oceans Ocean plastic has turned up literally everywhere. It has been found in the deep sea and buried in Arctic ice. It has been ingested with dire consequences by some 700 species of marine wildlife.* This isn't just a matter of National urgency, or an animals welfare, but a global effort. Success is the sum of small efforts, there are voices asking to be heard and there are already other petitions to ban plastic bags; https://www.toko.org.nz/petitions/ban-plastic-bags-in-nz I ask you to please sign, please share and to support this change to support the economic prosperity of New Zealand's tomorrow.
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  • Ban single-use plastic cutlery
    Environmental impact and risk of health Banning single-use plastic cutlery will definitely help reduce the amount of plastic pollution produced, many of which end in bodies of water causing damage to marine wildlife. More awareness need to be brought in order to raise awareness in pollution issues before the problem gets too big, plastics take up to hundreds of years to degrade, and by eliminating a part of the contribution to plastic pollution we will hopefully encourage further action taken to prevent more damage. This is almost important as some researches have found that the hot water poured into styrofoam cups were found to have been contaminated with styrene. Styrene is a chemical often found in plastics (and it sometimes can leach off Polystyrene type plastics), and it definitely should not be for consumption as it can causes very serious health related problems.
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