Ban the Bag

Ban the Bag

It’s a common misconception that plastic bags are free.

The truth is that New Zealanders spend $25 million on them every year.  And that’s just the cost of their consumption: it excludes their environmental, aesthetic and clean-up costs. As a snapshot, plastic bags are the second most common litter in an ocean that has 46,000 pieces of plastic every square mile, bags are the main contaminant of recycling in many areas and have caused floods and killed animals. More info here.

Do you want to join us and change this?

Auckland aims to be the “world’s most liveable city”. But we’re falling behind. Let’s catch up with the other cities around the world and stop accepting the hidden costs of plastic bags. Cities from  New York to Delhi have done it. Even whole countries like South Africa and Cameroon have managed. Let’s catch up!

Sign the petition and ask Auckland Council to ban plastic bags here.
Want to do more? Let us know how you'd like to help the campaign win here.

Ease up on the waste

Plastic Free Week challenged participants to "Ease up on the waste" and reduce their single-use plastic consumption for one week. This ranged from committing to giving up straws/single use bottles/bags to going completely plastic free. The winner of the Ecostore photo competition was Courtney.

The week was launched with some extremely knowledgeable and inspiring speakers at an event at Auckland University.


Plastic Bottle Kayak

A group of young people from around New Zealand built kayaks made from upcycled plastic bottles to showcase the beauty of NZ, youth collaboration and plastic pollution issues. They paddled for 100km down the Whanganui River, through incredible scenery and down rapids. Check out the journey!

Click here for the Campbell Live news story.

Are you interested in helping out in other sustainability-related adventures? Register your interest here.


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Cash for Containers

A group of Auckland University students ran a Ca$h for Containers day, giving 20c in return for every recyclable drinks container brought in. This event showcased the importance of extended producer responsibility and demonstrated how successful container deposit legislation would be were it introduced in New Zealand.

Read more about Container Deposit Legislation here.

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