Stop single use plastic

LETTER

Shopping with my mum at Pak’nSave recently, I noticed most of the vegetables were not wrapped in plastic. At the checkout you had to pay for plastic bags. People would re-use cardboard boxes from the supermarket or use their own reusable bags. I liked this.

Then, shopping at Countdown, I noticed most of the vegetables were wrapped in plastic. At the checkout our food is put in plastic bags without being asked. Mum would bring our own reusable bags but most people used the bags provided.

I think Pak’nSave is better than Countdown because it is using less plastic. When a plastic bag is used at the supermarket, it gets used once then is thrown into a bin. Sometimes plastic bags end up in streams which flow into the sea. Once a plastic bag is in water it looks like a jellyfish, which is the turtles’ favourite food.

Last term we studied the rocky shore and went to Makorori to see how healthy our rock pools were. We also collected rubbish along the shoreline. The main thing we found was plastic.

Did you know that one rubbish truck full of plastic is dumped in the sea per minute (Young Ocean Explorers)?

I did just hear on the news that 10 Countdown stores will ban plastic bags by May 21st, with the remaining 178 stores phasing them out over the next year. This is a good step forward and I am glad that Gisborne is one of them.

I don’t think we should use straws either, because they are also single-use plastic. I saw lots of straws on the ground at the surf lifesaving in Orewa which will blow into the sea. We should say no to straws when we are offered them.

In New Zealand we are getting better at thinking about single-use plastic, but we still have a long way to go . . . getting rid of plastic cling wrap would be a good next step. I use beeswax wrappers that I made at school.

What could you do to reduce your use of plastic?

Max Gaddum Age 9

Shopping with my mum at Pak’nSave recently, I noticed most of the vegetables were not wrapped in plastic. At the checkout you had to pay for plastic bags. People would re-use cardboard boxes from the supermarket or use their own reusable bags. I liked this.

Then, shopping at Countdown, I noticed most of the vegetables were wrapped in plastic. At the checkout our food is put in plastic bags without being asked. Mum would bring our own reusable bags but most people used the bags provided.

I think Pak’nSave is better than Countdown because it is using less plastic. When a plastic bag is used at the supermarket, it gets used once then is thrown into a bin. Sometimes plastic bags end up in streams which flow into the sea. Once a plastic bag is in water it looks like a jellyfish, which is the turtles’ favourite food.

Last term we studied the rocky shore and went to Makorori to see how healthy our rock pools were. We also collected rubbish along the shoreline. The main thing we found was plastic.

Did you know that one rubbish truck full of plastic is dumped in the sea per minute (Young Ocean Explorers)?

I did just hear on the news that 10 Countdown stores will ban plastic bags by May 21st, with the remaining 178 stores phasing them out over the next year. This is a good step forward and I am glad that Gisborne is one of them.

I don’t think we should use straws either, because they are also single-use plastic. I saw lots of straws on the ground at the surf lifesaving in Orewa which will blow into the sea. We should say no to straws when we are offered them.

In New Zealand we are getting better at thinking about single-use plastic, but we still have a long way to go . . . getting rid of plastic cling wrap would be a good next step. I use beeswax wrappers that I made at school.

What could you do to reduce your use of plastic?

Max Gaddum Age 9

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