Single use plastic
The article (Midweek March 7) on creating plastic play equipment out of recycled plastic was of great interest to me.
It seemed like a good news story, until I got to the paragraph about recycling of Nestles “capsules” — apparently nearly half a million of them!
Pollution problems, including plastic in the marine environment will never be solved simply by recycling. We have to get the corporations to stop using singleuse plastic packaging.
I have to ask why people allow the convenience of plastic packaging to override the necessity for it to stop being used for one time use by the companies that produce it.
Putting aside the questionable ethics of Nestle (some of us haven’t stopped boycotting Nestle products since the 1980s baby milk formula violations of the World Health Organisation’s code of advertising), their ‘profit motive above ethical choices’ policies will not change without consumer resistance, and government regulation. My encouragement is for people to stop buying such single use plastic encased products, and tell the producers why.
Play equipment can return to being made from sustainably produced materials such as wood.
PETER WATSON Whanganui