Plas­tic bag apoc­a­lypse plan

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - TRISIA FAR­RELLY

‘Hazardous’ is how the United Na­tions has clas­si­fied the chem­i­cal in­gre­di­ents of more than 50 per cent of plas­tics.

While plas­tic shop­ping bags are gen­er­ally more be­nign, it is the toxic chem­i­cals in dis­carded plas­tic bags that make them hazardous.

Pes­ti­cides and other or­ganic pol­lu­tants (POPs) are car­ried into the bod­ies of fish and en­ter the food chain when fish mis­take small pieces of plas­tic for food.

Also, when we con­sider that a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of plas­tic bags es­cape land­fills due to their light weight, and that more than 90 per cent of all land­fills are widely ac­cepted to ‘fail’ af­ter 100 years, land­fills hardly seem an ideal so­lu­tion.

Car­ry­ing Our Fu­ture is do­ing its bit to build aware­ness around this is­sue. In 2015, we pre­sented a sub­mis­sion to par­lia­ment for a levy on sin­gle-use plas­tic bags.

De­spite re­sound­ing suc­cesses in many of the 170 states and 32 coun­tries that cur­rently reg­u­late sin­gle-use plas­tic bags, our sub­mis­sion was re­jected. But we haven’t given up.

This month, Car­ry­ing Our Fu­ture gave shape to a new mem­ber’s bill to reg­u­late plas­tic shop­ping bags with Green Party MP, Denise Roche.

We are grate­ful for our amaz­ing vol­un­teers who run free bag-mak­ing work­shops in the li­brary, to Men­zshed, and City Li­brary staff.

Join Carry Our Fu­ture ev­ery Fri­day, 10am to 12pm, in the Tech Space at City Li­brary to make re-us­able bags for the com­mu­nity so there is no longer a de­mand for plas­tic shop­ping bags in our city. No sewing ex­pe­ri­ence is needed, and it’s a great way to so­cialise.

If any­one needs help run­ning their own bag-mak­ing ses­sions in schools, churches, or com­mu­nity groups, do get in touch.

We also need a vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor for our en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mu­nity group. Car­ry­ing Our Fu­ture is part of En­vi­ro­fest, and on Thurs­day from 6.30 - 8pm will be in City Li­brary.

PHOTO: JEN­NIFER MOSS/ SUP­PLIED

Vol­un­teers mak­ing re­us­able bags at Car­ry­ing Our Fu­ture’s weekly sewing ses­sions in City Li­brary.

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