Heaps of progress has been made but lots more is needed to reduce plastic pollution in Aotearoa
Over the last three years, microbeads and plastic bags have been banned, recycling capacity increases have been planned, and a cash-back scheme for returning containers and bottles has been announced.
So who's responsible for these actions? It's largely thanks to the hard work of Eugenie Sage, Green MP and Associate Minister of Environment that these awesome strides have been made to reduce waste and plastic pollution in our country.
RefillNZ is an independent grassroots campaign BUT we recognise that it's governments who make regulations that will affect all of us.
If like us you want greater protection for our environment, give your Party Vote to Green this election. Without them, there's no guarantee this great work will continue.
Where are all the drinking fountains?
At the moment, there aren’t enough public drinking fountains for people to use, so people often buy sugary soft drinks which are contributing to health issues like obesity, diabetes 2 and dental decay. So we’re petitioning the government to legislate for more drinking fountains.
Having more water fountains will:
- Save $ – tap water is free!
- Reduce plastic bottle use.
- Improve our own and our children’s health by reducing the amount of sugary drinks we consume.
How can I reduce my plastic use?
We're always looking for easy tips and simple swaps to live a more plastic free journey. Whether you are starting your plastic free journey or are already on your way- here are 10 tips that we love!
1- Use your own reusable fruit and vegie bags.
2 – Reuse glass, plastic containers – storing nuts, dried goods,
3- Carry your own food container and utensils.
4- Carry a reusable water bottle.
5- Pack a waste-free lunch.
6- Take your own cup.
7- Slow down and dine in.
8- Say no to disposable straws.
9- Use bars of soap instead of liquid, and washing powder in cardboard not plastic bottles
10- Share these tips with friends.
There is so much power in sharing your journey with others. Come find us on Facebook or Instagram @refillnz and join the #refillution!