Plas­tic fall­ing out of favour

The Northland Age - - Local News -

New Zealan­ders are ea­ger to find more ways to re­duce their plas­tic use, and are cry­ing out for al­ter­na­tives to plas­tic, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey com­mis­sioned by New Zealand com­pany Ethique, which claims to be the world’s first zero-waste beauty brand.

The sur­vey, of more than 1000 peo­ple, found that 95 per cent had changed their shop­ping habits over the past two years to re­duce the amount of plas­tic they used.

While some changes could be at­trib­uted to the pend­ing sin­gle-use plas­tic bag ban, many con­sumers wanted to know what more they could do, 75 per cent of re­spon­dents say­ing they would like to see more op­tions for plas­tic-free house­hold, beauty and food prod­ucts.

Ethique’s tips for re­duc­ing plas­tic waste in­clude:

■ Line bins with news­pa­per, or go with­out lin­ers, and wash bins when they are emp­tied.

■ Buy in bulk and de­cant into your own con­tain­ers, es­pe­cially for dry goods and non-per­ish­ables.

■ It might not al­ways be pos­si­ble, but when you’ve got the time (and en­ergy) there are many more ben­e­fits to mak­ing your own food than just know­ing what goes into it. With pro­cessed food comes pack­ag­ing — a home-made ver­sion cuts out the added in­gre­di­ents and the added pack­ag­ing too.

■ Re­pur­pose. Bread bags make per­fect lunch bags or can be used for pick­ing up after the dog. Start a col­lec­tion of jars for a plas­tic-free dry goods sec­tion in your pantry. Old pil­low cases also make great pro­duce bags.

■ Take your own con­tain­ers to take­away food out­lets or the su­per­mar­ket. Some su­per­mar­kets let cus­tomers use their own con­tain­ers for deli items that would other­wise go into some­thing plas­tic.

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