Call made to flag the bag

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - MARY FITZGER­ALD

An Auck­land woman is cam­paign­ing for her sub­urb to ban the use of plas­tic bags.

Mary Pear­son from Karaka Bay is en­cour­ag­ing St He­liers Bay vil­lage re­tail­ers to stop us­ing plas­tic bags.

Pear­son said there were al­ter­na­tives to plas­tic bag use and St He­liers re­tail­ers could be the first along the bays area to make the bags a thing of the past.

She pro­posed St He­liers re­tail­ers col­lec­tively stop us­ing plas­tic bags. ‘‘That would be gold stan­dard,’’ she said.

Amanda Steven­son from the St He­liers Business As­so­ci­a­tion said it would be great if the res­i­dents and busi­nesses sup­ported the idea.

Steven­son said some re­tail­ers had al­ready adopted the use of com­postable plas­tic bags and oth­ers were us­ing pa­per carry bags in­stead of plas­tic bags.

Pear­son said be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly would be a good thing for the re­tail­ers.

‘‘We need to stop pol­lut­ing the very en­vi­ron­ment that we love, we all un­der­stand the ef­fect sin­gle use plas­tic bags have on the en­vi­ron­ment,’’ she said.

Ta­maki MP, Si­mon O’Con­nor said the fewer plas­tic bags that were cir­cu­lat­ing and be­ing used, the bet­ter.

Pear­son said she wel­comed those in­ter­ested in a plas­tic bag free St He­liers to email her on plas­ticbagfreesthe­liers@gmail.com.

Bays res­i­dent Mary Pear­son says re­tail­ers need to stop us­ing plas­tic bags.

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