No more plas­tic bags at Z

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Z En­ergy ser­vice sta­tions stopped pro­vid­ing sin­gle-use plas­tic bags to cus­tomers from last Fri­day, the end of a six­month phase out pe­riod in re­sponse to a groundswell of sup­port from Ki­wis for end­ing New Zealand’s de­pen­dency on plas­tic bags.

The move is part of Z’s com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity, and will take the 2.5 mil­lion plas­tic bags that Z pre­vi­ously pro­vided each year out of cir­cu­la­tion.

Z’s sus­tain­abil­ity man­ager, Gerri Ward, says ditch­ing plas­tic bags com­pletely is a sim­ple way to re­duce waste and pol­lu­tion.

“Plas­tic bags are a ma­jor source of ocean and river pol­lu­tion. They can take up to 1000 years to de­grade and even then, they never dis­ap­pear com­pletely. Even worse, 10 per cent of all dead an­i­mals found in beach clean-ups are en­tan­gled in plas­tic bags, so know­ing Z’s given out its lastever bag is a good feel­ing,” says Gerri.

Z is en­cour­ag­ing cus­tomers to bring their own re­us­able bags and won’t be re­plac­ing sin­gle-use bags with an al­ter­na­tive be­cause many com­mon re­place­ments are po­ten­tially equally or more da­m­ag­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment.

Gerri ac­knowl­edges the move may in­con­ve­nience some peo­ple while they get used to the change.

“Most Z store cus­tomers buy only a few small items, so they’re well placed to make the shift to a more en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able way of shop­ping,” says Gerri.

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