Plastic bag replacements may be worse for environment - Greenpeace

Long Lunch 22/05/2018
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Environmental group Greenpeace is warning Kiwis that despite NZ retailers’ enthusiasm to find replacements for single-use plastic bags it may actually result in worse outcomes for the environment.

Countdown and New World both recently began removing lightweight plastic bags that were previously free to shoppers.

But Greenpeace has learned both supermarkets are trialling the sale of heavier-weight plastic bags to replace them.

Countdown is calling the new option “emergency reusable bags,” but Greenpeace says it is both confusing and detrimental to the planet because it falls between a reusable cloth bag and the single-use plastic bag.

Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner Emily Hunter told RadioLIVE’s Wendyl Nissen they still create the same issues.

"The reality is biodegradable isn’t necessarily getting absorbed back into natural processes and environmental cycles.

“The biodegradable bags still have toxic additives in them that are still affecting our waterways,” she told RadioLIVE.

Listen to the full interview with Emily Hunter above.

The Long Lunch with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.