Make New Zealand Plastic Free

Every year, up to 8.3 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans.

That’s a truckload every minute! It is killing marine life and threatening precious ecosystems. The sea is choking and can’t cope.

Plastic bags and micro-plastics among many other sorts are directly linked to killing marine life like turtles and dolphins, which mistake them for food and eat them.

Together, we can turn the tide. As a first step, we are calling on people to start their own campaign with the support of us here at Greenpeace.

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Campaigns (11)

  • 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?!
    1,372 of 2,000 Signatures
    Created by Rachel Morrison Picture
  • Whangarei
    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.
    75 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Rick Bazeley
  • Rotorua
    Recycle Plastic Bags
    Plastic bags do not break down, they fill up our landfill and end up in our water ways contributing to a global issue of pollution that is killing our marine life. Up until late last year we had plastic bag recycling in the Rotorua district and the removal of this service is a huge step backwards for our community and the clean green image that New Zealand presents to the world. Other district councils support the recycling of plastic bags and our council needs to resolve this serious problem.
    36 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Trudi Herniman
  • 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.
    283 of 300 Signatures
    Created by Haowei Yu
  • Recycling bins in public areas in Wellington
    Recycling is a critical part of living sustainably. With no recycling bins available in public areas all "waste" is put into rubbish bins. We believe that as a unique city like Wellington we should give our residents the opportunity and encourage them to recycle whenever possible. Installing recycling bins gives them this opportunity. Waste in New Zealand as a nation is very high so any help will add up in the long run.
    182 of 200 Signatures
    Created by Jake Benge Picture
  • Wellington
    Ban microbeads in New Zealand
    Microbeads are small pieces of plastic that are found mainly in beauty products, facial scrubs and toothpaste. They have been proven to have a devastating impact on marine life and that they filter through the food chain and have an impact on human diets as well. They have even been found in sea salt. There is no practical way to clean them once they are in the ocean. Article 23 of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 states that regulations may be put in place to prohibit the manufacture or sale of products that contain specified materials. We therefore call on Hon. Dr. Nick Smith to apply this article to plastic microbeads, including 'biodegradable' plastic microbeads and other similar products that will not break down in our oceans. Credit to 5Gyres for the picture.
    8,332 of 9,000 Signatures
    Created by Jake Benge Picture
    The rules state that our paper collection is to be put into plastic bags or into boxes yet not everyone has these on hand to use. It is tidy and still easy to handle if the paper is put into a bin on it's own. A bonus is that the bin is reusable and environmentally friendly. Using plastic bags or boxes for paper collection is not always convenient. Being able to use a bin for our paper makes it easier for the consumer while still keeping it tidy and separate from other rubbish. We should be able to have choices that are convenient for all since this is a service we pay for with our rates.
    29 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Rebecca Thompson
  • Christchurch
    Make Otautahi-Christchurch one-use plastic-bag free
    Samoa and 29 other countries have banned it's time for our redesigned city Otautahi-Christchurch to lead the way in NZ. NZers send an estimated one BILLION plastic bags to landfill annually. Scientists estimate it takes 1000 years (yes, you read that right) for plastic bags to degrade and during that process toxins are leached and particles can get into the food chain.
    2,110 of 3,000 Signatures
    Created by Megan Blakie Picture
  • Ban Plastic Bags in NZ
    How this issue affects you, your children, our country, and our oceans world-wide: Plastic bags impact our irreplaceable environment here in New Zealand when they are produced, when they are disposed to landfill, and especially when they are littered. Once littered, plastic bags can find their way onto our streets and parks and into our waterways. They are a large portion of the litter in our streams and can take a lifetime to fully break down. Once in the environment, plastic bags are often ingested by animals, clogging their insides which results in sickness or death, a horrible truth that is easily preventable. Other animals or birds become entangled in plastic bags and drown or can’t fly as a result. Our Ministry for the Environment also say that plastic bags exacerbate flood events when they clog pipes and block drains (1). ] Not only does unregulated and uncurbed plastic bag use harm our environment it also harms our Clean Green NZ brand which is estimated to earn us around $20 billion a year (2). New Zealand is already lagging behind many countries/places who have already Banned Plastic bags: California, Portland, Mexico City, Dehli, Mumbai, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Sydneys Oyster Bay for example (3). Plastic bags also contain many toxins and chemicals including BPA which has direct links to cancer. They are made from oil – each bag uses about the same amount that would drive a car 115 metres (4). Now, I know that by now you are probably horrified by the impact that these unrecyclable, toxic, animal­-trapping objects are having, but, here is a fun­-fact to tip you over the edge and get you signing and sharing this people powered petition! “The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean.” (5) That is a lot of unneeded waste isn’t it? So all of you tidy Kiwis and eco friendly people lets put New Zealand on the map as a leader in this worldwide movement! BAN THE BAG! 1)­waste/plasticbags 2)­Pure­Fantasy­Living­up­to­our­brand 3)­many­cities­have­a­ban­on­plastic­bags.htm 4)­and­figures). 5)­waste/plastic­bags
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    Created by kohl Tyler-Dunshea Picture
  • New Countdown, No Plastic
    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 the Hauraki Gulf and beyond 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.
    1,035 of 2,000 Signatures
    Created by Jennifer Fountain Picture