Easy tar­gets

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

I’m not sure that as from Jan­uary 14 Far North­ern­ers ap­pre­ci­ate the con­se­quences of a move by FNDC to no longer ac­cept plas­tics num­bered 3-plus.

I’m try­ing to do my bit by buy­ing less, mak­ing my own house­hold clean­ers and lo­tions, but those I buy prod­ucts from — Main­land, Lisa’s Hum­mus, Anathoth, Wat­ties, Best Foods, Meadow Fresh (to name a few), all sup­ply their prod­ucts in plus2 pack­ag­ing.

When I made this point to some of them (only Main­land re­sponded), Main­land stated they were work­ing hard to find a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion, were lim­ited in what they could do, were work­ing closely with coun­cils to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion (that worked) and blamed our re­cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture for lag­ging be­hind other coun­tries.

Tararua has come up with a great so­lu­tion — it doesn’t dis­play its plas­tic rat­ing on its but­ter con­tain­ers.

Let’s face it, they can’t be both­ered do­ing the right thing. They have grown used to us get­ting sucked into their mar­ket­ing and con­ve­nience mes­sages and then be­ing ap­a­thetic enough to pick up their pol­lut­ing tab.

So a mes­sage to them — adapt or lose cus­tom (all those listed have lost mine), and I strongly urge oth­ers to do like­wise. Check the tri­an­gle with a num­ber in it at the bot­tom of the plas­tic pack­ag­ing and don’t buy any with 3 and above.

And a mes­sage to our coun­cils — tax these slow-to-adapt com­pa­nies. We’re sick of be­ing used as your easy tar­gets and pick­ing up the tab for pol­luters. JILL SMITH

Kerik­eri ban­ning sin­gle-use plas­tic bags, the usual su­per­mar­ket types, and although this is a good start they should ban all plas­tic bags in shops.

The ban has been well sup­ported by most peo­ple, although there have been cases of plas­tic bag rage at shops when peo­ple have for­got­ten.

This is an­other ex­am­ple of the de­cline of stan­dards of some peo­ple, and no shop as­sis­tant should be yelled at for a

cus­tomer’s mis­take. There are al­ready too many bags in our rub­bish tips and ocean crea­tures’ stom­achs. Peo­ple need to grow up, get some cloth bags and re­use them. DEN­NIS FITZGER­ALD

Mel­bourne There is barely a day without some men­tion of sui­cide in the news, and to­day is no ex­cep­tion, with the heroic res­cue by Hamish Walker of a dis­tressed New Zealan­der.

While it is easy to be­moan our tragic sta­tis­tics, I think we also need to look un­der the radar for any threats on the hori­zon to the well­be­ing of our most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens, many of them young.

One of these threats has to be the con­tin­ual pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing David Sey­mour’s End of Life Choice Bill.

I say this for two rea­sons. Firstly, be­cause it cel­e­brates the right of New Zealan­ders to seek the ser­vices of a doc­tor to end a life which has be­come be­set with prob­lems of var­i­ous kinds, whether phys­i­cal or men­tal.

Sec­ondly, be­cause it is clear from the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s re­port that the age re­stric­tion of 18 years is un­likely to hold, lead­ing in time to the eu­thana­sia of even younger teenagers. In Canada it has taken only a very few years for this dis­turb­ing ex­ten­sion to sur­face.

Our tragic sui­cide sta­tis­tics mean we should do ev­ery­thing in our power to

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