Plas­tic hell

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It has taken me some time to work out that my fam­ily and I are con­tribut­ing to the thou­sands of plas­tic bags that go into land­fills ev­ery day and don’t de­com­pose for thou­sands of years, if ever.

Ev­ery day I go to the su­per­mar­ket, there I am go­ing through the check­out and bliss­fully un­aware that I’m us­ing yet an­other plas­tic bag, some­times for just two items. The check­out person just opened up an­other plas­tic bag, and boom, in go my gro­ceries.

What are we do­ing about this? Mmm, let’s see, not much? Some are – The Ware­house, Pak’ n save and FreshChoice use re­cy­clable plas­tic bags, but what about the two main out­fits, New World and Count­down? Ba­si­cally, they’re do­ing noth­ing!

It’s time the su­per­mar­kets took a re­ally hard stance. It’s only then we will see a dif­fer­ence to our land­fills.

Lise Moody, Nel­son

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