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Environmental advocacy groups and concerned individuals from across New Zealand have come together to create a petition calling on Hon. Dr. Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment, to ban all microbead product types. All plastics, including 'biodegradable' PLA, and similar persistent substances, must be refused. 

The objective of this petition is to demand the New Zealand central government take the huge environmental (and potential human health) impacts of plastic microbeads as seriously as they should be, and put into motion a total legislative ban on the production and sale of plastic microbeads in New Zealand. With global demand for this goal increasing, this is an opportunity for our country to step up and once again be at the forefront of environmental change and innovation. Just like David Lange said no to nuclear - we want to say no to plastic microbeads!

Sign the petition here, now, to join your voice with the thousands already demanding this change! 

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TO: HON DR NICK SMITH, MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

We call on Minister Nick Smith to ban microbead product types that may potentially be washed down the drain, including both rinse-off and leave-on products, with no exemptions for recycled or 'biodegradable' plastics. We also call on Nick Smith to not replace plastic microbeads with microbeads made from other persistent solid or wax-like materials that could give rise to similar concerns; we want the deadline for implementation within a reasonable time period after announcement preferably no more than 2 years.

Why is this important?

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.

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