Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photodegrade – breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits. A single plastic bag can take between up to 1,000 years to break down, but as it breaks down, plastic particles contaminate soil and waterways and enter the food web when animals accidentally ingest them. This effects the animals hugely due to the fact that after ingesting plastic it can very easily kill them. Recently there have been large patches of plastic found in the middle of the ocean big enough to gain the title of 'plastic islands'. We have been finding different ways to get rid of plastic so that it is out of sight, but these actions still have a major impact on our environment. This is why we need to go straight to cutting down the amount of plastic we use so that our environment and animals don't face as much of a risk. We can start by removing all plastic bags from a single mall in Auckland, Saint Lukes Mall, Mt Albert. It is our goal to bring attention to this idea and make it happen. We have already done it in our supermarkets, so I'm sure New Zealand can make it happen in our malls too!
We call on the owners of Westfield, the Scentre Group to eliminate the use of plastic bags in Westfield St Lukes, Auckland. We are asking them to think of the bigger picture and find alternatives to plastic bags so that we continue to work towards a thriving environment.
The Ban Plastic Bags in St Lukes Mall Auckland! petition to St Lukes Mall, Mt Albert, Auckland was written by 10AEturtles and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.