A campaign highlighting the effect of plastics and other anthropogenic materials on our environment, and advocating for the use of environmentally friendly alternatives to promote waste reduction.
Why Plastic Free New Zealand?
Plastic Free New Zealand is about raising public awareness about the potential threats to marine ecosystems and human health posed by millions of metric tons of plastics that pollute the world’s ocean. Pollution is one of the biggest issues facing our oceans and coasts. An estimated 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic entered the oceans in 2010 from people living within 50 kilometres of the coast in 192 countries.
Plastic pollution is a growing problem; everyday it chokes our waterways, damages marine ecosystems, and becomes part of the marine food chain. All the plastics that end up in our waterways eventually break up into smaller and smaller pieces. Some of it floats, some of it sinks, but none of it ever disappears. Plastic continues to accumulate and circulate in our environment where marine animals can mistake it for food that can cause starvation, dehydration, internal damage or even death. When this growing plastic pollution finds its way into our marine food chain, it can eventually affect human health when we eat seafood.
What can you do to help?
- You can help reduce the amount of plastics from ending up in our environment. It is as easy as reducing your consumption of plastic in everyday life, and encouraging others to do the same.
- Support our campaigns to phase out single-use a plastic bags in New Zealand.
- Follow our social media page and receive current news, links, and other interesting content about plastics in our environment.