Sin­gle use plas­tic

Wanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

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

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