Rhys Darby

Eat Less Plas­tic Am­bas­sador


Why is this voy­age im­por­tant? Change is al­ready un­der­way but un­for­tu­nately it is very im­por­tant to con­tinue spread­ing the mes­sage as of­ten and as wide spread as pos­si­ble so this huge Earth is­sue can be han­dled. News can be fleet­ing these days with in­for­ma­tion over­load. The en­vi­ron­ment, our home and the home of all liv­ing crea­tures on this planet should al­ways be in the fore­front of our minds.

Why did you get on board?

I be­lieve the re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with all of us. If I’m some­one that young peo­ple look up to then my voice de­serves to be heard. I’m from the Pa­cific, the ocean is very im­por­tant to New Zealan­ders and in­deed to all Pa­cific Is­lan­ders. We are con­nected to it as a life force and it brings us im­mense joy. I hope I can help make a dif­fer­ence by pos­i­tive ac­tions to­wards us­ing less plas­tic and urg­ing oth­ers to do the same. How can Ki­wis step up?

It‘s up to us to lead the way.

New Zealand should make a stand against sin­gle-use plas­tics. The is­sue of pack­ag­ing with plas­tic should be ad­dressed and the cor­po­ra­tions re­spon­si­ble need to be brought to­gether for a meet­ing to dis­cuss a change. This change needs to be im­ple­mented now. Most plas­tics, es­pe­cially for pack­ag­ing and also straws, need to be banned. I pro­pose a ‘ban meet­ing.’

How do you re­duce plas­tic?

My house­hold no longer uses sin­gle-use straws. We carry metal and bam­boo straws around with us which we take home and wash. We say no to plas­tic bags and choose su­per­mar­kets which sup­ply their fruit and veg­eta­bles with­out plas­tic wrap­ping. My kids say no to plas­tic cups at restau­rants. Word of mouth is the key. Spread the word, spread the at­ti­tude.

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