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