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To: Government Minister
Ban single-use plastic cutlery
Inspired by recent news of France's ban of plastic cutlery, I encourage New Zealand government to consider banning single-use plastic cutlery as a step forward to reduce the rate of plastic pollution. Further New Zealand should promote the use of bio-degradable alternatives as a step forward in a more environmental country.
Why is this important?
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.