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I don’t litter so how does plastic get into the ocean?

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I don’t litter so how does plastic get into the ocean?

We keep hearing that 8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year, but how exactly does it get there? If I’m a tidy Kiwi who doesn’t litter, where is the mounting plastic debris coming from and is there anything I can do about it? Plastic is lightweight and cheap, making it dangerously impactful on the  environment. Think of a plastic bag and how much it resembles a parachute when it gets caught in the wind. Even if we don’t purposefully litter, we often unintentionally cause plastic to end up in the ocean. Here are some...

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NZ's Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme

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NZ's Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme

As New Zealanders we collectively loved the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme. We dropped off our plastics at the supermarket to be collected for recycling but too many people took too much waste and we overwhelmed the Australian recycler to the point that they turned NZ’s soft plastics away. A New Zealand based recycler was announced and then the scheme was abruptly put on hold.  Recycling soft plastics seemed like a silver bullet – we could eat the same packaged foods without feeling guilty about creating landfill waste, or ocean plastic pollution. But the problem with recycling being proposed and sold as a solution is that...

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Sound Bite at the Otago Museum

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Sound Bite at the Otago Museum
Kia Rongo Ngā Niho (Sound Bite) is a kids interactive which explores how sound travels through solid objects more easily than through air and involves a biodegradable straw from The Rubbish Whisperer

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Sustainable Summer - Okere Falls Store

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Sustainable Summer - Okere Falls Store

“If you have children or care about the world at all then you have to make a change now, not in 5 or 10 years, we have to stop using plastic now.” (Sarah Uhl, Okere Falls Store) Okere Falls Store can be found on State Highway 33, a scenic 20 minute drive from Rotorua. This unique venue offers a fantastic menu of delicious food 7 days a week but also hosts a gourmet store where you will not only find local, organic produce and European epicurean treats but also a range of reusable, waste reducing, eco products. This summer Sarah...

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Sustainable Resolutions for 2019

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Sustainable Resolutions for 2019

The past year has been a big one for sustainability in New Zealand. The tide is turning on plastic with things like the plastic bag ban and straw-less cafes and restaurants. Here are a few easy things that you can put on your list of new year resolutions heading in to 2019 to reduce your impact on the environment. Set a rule of ‘No keep cup, no coffee’ The best way to make sure you stick to your reusable cup goals is to not allow yourself a drink out without it. You will quickly find you will be in the...

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