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Greenpeace Renews Call To Ban Plastic Bottles Following Dangerous Levels Of Microplastics Discovered Around BOP Moana

Following the Government’s recent announcement to phase
out single-use plastics, a University of Waikato study has
revealed “extremely high levels” of microplastics around Bay
of Plenty moana.

University of Waikato master of
science student Anita Lewis found the particles in every
sediment sample she took from across the region, between
Tauranga Harbour and the eastern coast to Maketu and
Ōpōtiki. It is also sparking health concerns for the
people who live in the marine ecosystem.

Aotearoa plastics campaigner, Juressa Lee, says the findings
illustrate the need for a more comprehensive ban on
unnecessary single-use plastic products like plastic drink

“The findings are horrendous; there was not
one area sampled where microplastics were not present. There
were particularly high levels in shellfish, including
tuatua, cockles and wedge shells,” she says.

shows that the Government’s recently announced plan to
phase out some ‘difficult to recycle single-use plastic
items’ does not go far enough. We need to see bolder
action that eliminates single-use plastic bottles which are
one of the most pervasive contributors to plastic pollution
on land and sea.

Greenpeace Aotearoa continues to call
for the ban to cover a wider range of products including
single-use plastic drink bottles like Coke, Pepsi and Pump
which ultimately break down into microplastics in the

“The Labour Government’s new commitment to
phase out single-use plastics puts us on the right track but
it isn’t enough. We need to go further if we are to ever
find our way back from this plastic pollution crisis,” says

Greenpeace Aotearoa’s petition
to “ban the bottle”
now has over 80,000 signatures and
the organisation is vowing to renew its efforts to eliminate
throwaway plastic

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