Date: 17th March 2019
As you are probably aware, mainstream supermarkets in New Zealand have made a shift away from providing customers with single use plastic shopping bags and as of 1 July 2019 the ban on plastic bags will become mandatory. This will cover single use plastic bags by all retailers, from dairies, takeaway shops and retail chains to local markets, even online business and not-for-profit organisations.
According to recent research by the Ministry of Environment (Ministry for the Environment’s Environmental Attitudes research):
You can be a responsible producer, brand owner, importer, retailer or consumer through product stewardship. This means we all accept responsibility for reducing a product’s environmental impact.
The move away from plastic shopping bags could help your business show your customers your shared commitment to reducing waste and protecting our environment. Here are some ideas for how retailers and other businesses can support reduction of waste:
What our local Wanaka community, consumers and retailers, are doing to help reduce waste at Plastic Bag Free Wanaka.