We're getting rid of single use plastic bags at Z service stations
Prior to the plastic bag phase out Z sites gave out about 2.5 million bags each year.
Plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to break down.
By the start of June 2018 we will no longer be offering single use plastic bags to our customers. We are cutting down on plastics waste and we want you too by using reusable bags.
Single use plastic are big source of ocean pollution and have been linked to the death of sea birds, turtles and other marine life. We think this move will make a big difference in helping Kiwis to stop using single use plastic bags.
Single use plastic bags are light and easily blown away by the wind in the transport of waste or during landfilling. These bags eventually end up in local rivers or in the ocean.
Biodegradable bags have little effect on our environment when they’re disposed of properly, but if they end up in rivers or the ocean they can break down into micro-particles that are eaten by marine life. They also take a long time to degrade. Minimising our use of plastic bags is the best solution.
In the future we want to be able to package our free coffee grinds in compostable bags. For the moment we haven’t found a good option for bags that can be composted at home after the coffee grinds are used. In the meantime we'll be reusing the bags coffee beans are delivered in for coffee grinds.
We’re responding to a large amount of support from Kiwis to reduce NZ’s dependency on single use plastic bags that damage our environment. Even by using reusable bags with some plastic content we can help reduce the 100 million plastics bags used in NZ every year.
Our preference is for people to use reusable bags for as many purchases as possible. You are able to purchase reusable jute bags at some Z stations that you can use to carry purchases, if you have no other option.
Alternative bags like Jute or Cotton are often available at supermarkets throughout NZ or online. Sometimes bags are offered for free.
We want to use less and inspire others to waste less. If you forget your reusable bag we will do our best to help.
Our customer feedback shows that most customers don’t need or want a bag. Most people only buy a couple of items. If you buy more than a couple items regularly, keep a reusable bag in the car. If you are really stuck we'll do our best to help getting purchases to your car.
On average, most of our customers only buy two items that they carry to their car. Stashing a reusable bag in the boot will ensure you always have one to hand. If you are really stuck we'll do our best to help getting purchases to your car.
Single use plastic bags used to carry bait can easily be blown in the ocean by mistake. If you buy bait often then you are best to keep a dedicated reusable bag in the car for this purpose. Just wash it after each use. Several types of reusable bag will have a suitable water proof layer. Chilly bins used for a catch can also be used for temporarily storing bait.