New Zealand Plastic Bag Ban – What Happens Now?

New Zealand Plastic Bag Ban – What Happens Now?

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How’s everyone coping with the plastic bag ban commenced on 01 Jan 2019?

Well, I have a friend who is currently anxious about how there is no more ‘free’ kitchen bin liner, not sure about you.

But I am surely, truly proud on how New Zealand is one of the First country in the world who commenced this act. Not only that, they will further push it to the extent on the ban of all single-use plastics around mid 2019. I am sure this could keep NZ shores cleaner and kiwis should be so proud of yourselves!

The rest of the world is catching themselves up with this ban as well and I look forward to see more and more countries apply this ban.

If you take a look around you and think about how much plastic you could use and could trash….you would find it scary.

Hence, it is not hard to imagine, things like these do happen some where on mother Earth right at this second:

I am not quite sure on the reason behind this, but I did find a few interesting listings on TradeMe on supermarket plastic bags:

Hmmm…I hope you are not buying these though as I really don’t see a point apart from trying to be funny maybe?

reason to ban single-use plastics

1. Plastic bags looks like floating jellyfishes to sea turtles and dolphins which they feed on.

2. Large mammals like whales wold accidentally ingest plastic as they feed in large portions.

3. Plastics exist in all shapes and sizes even in different forms like a fishing net. This could twine onto marine animals causing suffocation and starvation.

4. Recent scientific report shows these plastics that we threw would came back to us and harm our body in the form on micro beads. Imagine you could be feeding your newborn micro beads unintentionally but the truth is, the next generation could be growing up with plastic IN them since a newborn.

5. It takes forever long to degrade and decompose plastic and who-knows-when, but what if we will be watching our grand children living in plastic waste because there is no longer any land to fill them.

There are countless more to go on but I will stop here because these 5 points are scary enough.

What can we do?

Reduce – Buy less plastics – avoid buying anything that is over packaged.

Reuse – Use your items as many times as possible.

Recycle – Recycle properly.

reusable alternatives

Okay, the whole point of this blog is sharing some ideas on some great stuff that I am currently using to achieve “REDUCE” part.

The first things I’ve got way way before the plastic bag ban commencement are the grocery shopping bags.

I will keep these foldable grocery shopping bag in purse:

And these grocery shopping trolley bags in the back of car seat so I will remember to grab them when I head over to nearest supermarket:

Reusable Grocery Trolley Bag

Not long after these two types, I decided to go further and reduce buying packaged fruit and veges. This is when I realised those plastic bags are still available in rolls for you to help yourself tear one off the roll when you need to grab one. Nah! I don’t want it either but the bags I had weren’t suitable to contain loose fruits and vegetables, so I got some mesh produce bags with draw strings, colour codes so I could use smallest red ones for confectionery :

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Definitely a set of metal straws. There are heaps of reusable straws combinations and I think a simple 5pcs should be enough. For general drinks, medium diameter ones for smoothies and large ones for bubble tea if you are a fan of them. While looking for the best set, I found straws made with glass? Hmmm, couldn’t help but them a bit intimidating…I wonder if they shatters…Oh and I added a set of spoon and fork to the set and carry them with me in my purse. Happy as!

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I am a mugaholic and I am obsessed with buying drink bottles, cups and mugs. Bring your own coffee to-go cup is more and more common these days. So a coffee cup and water drink bottle is something I see myself must have!

I bought this Keep Cup from Stevens and I looooove my water drink bottle bought online.

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Lastly, and the most difficult part actually – is to bring your own food to-go containers. I personally don’t like to use those Sistema lockable food containers for hot food because I find the food smell would stay in the container forever AND the colour stains no matter how hard I try to wash them off. They are otherwise perfect for spice and dried food storage. So I initially bought glass bowls and bring them around, after sick of the weight of it (and I will have to carry bigger hand bags whenever I need to bring it with me) and the incident where my colleague broke one accidentally, I started to search online and seek for alternative – something that is light weight and does not take too much room! And I found them – these silicon foldable locking containers! I was over the moon to solve this big problem, I mean THEY ARE FOLDABLE WONDERFUL!!!

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That’s it so far from me and I look forward to find more environmentally-friendly goodies and would be great to hear more ideas.

What Can We Do To Save New Zealand Shores

Saving New Zealand Shores – YES WE CAN!

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A lot of you may have seen the most heartbreaking news on Monday 26/11 where whales stranding happened in Stewart Island. 145 whales died from this! At the same day, more stranded on Northland too.

More than ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY FIVE! I felt drowned and speechless for the rest of the day, whales are probably the living unicorns on earth and it is surely my favourite mammal after dogs.

Luckily, we live in a country full of ‘humanity power’ and love, so we get to see news like volunteers and organisations were called and gathered to help.

 

I have been an enthusiast on ocean life saving and de-plastic in particular myself that I have been trying to search information from time to time, to see what ‘I’ can do. The fact is, WE can all contribute to our beautiful NZ environment, not talking about big things like doing lab tests and saving whales maybe, but we can definitely start small like using less plastic whenever possible.

So I am going to share some goodies that I use to make my contribution on de-plastic.

 Reusable Grocery Shopping Trolley Bag

These Trolley Bags are AWESOME! I actually brought 2 sets so I could keep one extra set in the car. They could be stored into a roll and simply bring it along when you head out to your local supermarket, chuck these into shopping trolley to help you categorise your groceries. It comes in 4 different sizes and colour as a set to fit most shopping trolleys.

Foldable Reusable Bags Eco Grocery Shopping Bags

I do feel this extra purchase on top of the trolley bags are necessary, mostly because trolley bags are quite big for me, they show their magic the best when doing supermarket shopping. Other times (which are a lot of times) when shopping for clothes or even a quick stop-by at your local dairy, you need these Reusable Shopping Bags with handles. The whole set comes with 5 bags in different patterns, so I would normally keep 1 or 2 in my purse while keep the rest in my car. They are so handy that you could fold them after each use into a palm size, I would totally rate 5/5 for the practicality.

Fabric Pot Planter Grow Bags

Choose Fabric Grow Bags instead of plastic pots would be a great idea. These grow bags not only give your garden and indoor a fresh new look and also it provides better water drainage, allowing enhanced root development of your plants.

Luggage Organiser Travel Pouches

I never stop buying them after getting my very first set of these Travel Organisers because they are soooo handy!  Full set comes in 6 pouches varies in sizes to store away different things. I found myself needed 2 sets worth for bringing something like worn shoes, one extra large pouch for laundry and one pouch for toiletries.

Foldable Solar Panel Charger

Try to choose Solar Charger instead of regular portable chargers, much more energy saving and also consumes nothing on your electric bill, so why not? At least bring it along with you on your next camp or to somewhere in nature where you don’t get electricity and discover its beauty!

ToughOut Greenhouse

Okay…I didn’t own this but my friend’s parents do. That’s right, grow your own veggies! If you can of course… people who have time and space for these Greenhouses can start growing your own greens. Too many advantages to talk about on how safe and healthy on home grown veges and so on, but one thing for sure, it helps on reducing soft plastic packaging that you get from supermarket vegetables.

 

I could really go on and on, but do you see the tricks now? Replace single-use plastics as much as you can. Say no to soft plastic packaging whenever it is possible. Choose solar powered items instead of electricity-consuming gadgets.

Nothing you do is considered too small and it is okay to buy plastic products or to use regular plastic bags, just always try to reduce the chances of using them, that’s what I always encourage people to do as starter.

Last but not least, if you think this is the right thing to do, then mask all the noises that tells you to go the other way, smile to people who gave you the weird look and stay determined!    ❤❤❤