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Kia ora - While I was away in Ar­gentina, Food­stuffs an­nounced it would ban use of plas­tic bags in New World su­per­mar­kets by 2019. It was in re­sponse to calls from peo­ple who, like me, have seen dis­turb­ing images of the ef­fects of plas­tic waste. Nat­u­ral­ist David At­ten­bor­ough has been pro­mot­ing his new Planet Earth II tele­vi­sion se­ries by de­scrib­ing an al­ba­tross re­turn­ing from three weeks of search­ing for food, only to dis­gorge plas­tic into the mouths of her young. At­ten­bor­ough is adding his highly re­spected voice to calls for cut­backs on use of plas­tic. Most sin­gle-use plas­tic bags are used for 25 min­utes and take be­tween 100 and 500 years to dis­in­te­grate. In Buenos Aires, su­per­mar­kets are al­ready banned from us­ing plas­tic bags. Peo­ple have adapted and, the ones I met, feel good about it. Count­down has also an­nounced it will ban sin­gle-use plas­tic bags by the end of 2018. When the Gov­ern­ment last year de­cided not to leg­is­late to ban or charge for plas­tic bags, for rea­sons in­clud­ing we use them as bin lin­ers. I for one am ready to change my habits. - Jodi Yeats

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