Labour’s total ban on plastic bags may present some problems

Among the many kooky remits at this weekend’s Labour Party conference is a plan by Labour’s grassroots for a total ban on plastic bags.

I hope that nice David Shearer won’t support this. We know that this is being pushed on the party by Camp Cunliffe because one of his supporters wrote this letter to the DomPost today (backing Cunliffe) – the writer, Victoria Davis, is this plastic bag campaigner from Takaka. With friends like that….David, with friends like that?

And this advertisement demonstrates why a total ban might present certain challenges.


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  • Liberty

    Its a good thing the local bobby confiscated Victoria’s
    62 Cannabis plants.

    Without small plastic bags. Storage would have been very

    • Sooty

      No, she would have had to weave little flax baskets.

      • Patrick

        Maybe that it the Greenies plan – set all the unemployed to work weaving flax baskets to replace the plastic bags. Guess we would need ssssssuuussssstainable flax supplies

  • Pissedoffyouth

    And IIRC this was the reason why Labour got voted out – light bulbs and shower heads of 08?

  • AJ

    Given that the two main supermarket providers (Progressive Enterprises and Foodstuffs) have an effective duopoly, and given they both stand to directly benefit financially from any such ban, I’d be extremely interested in where this ‘grass roots’ idea originated…

    The local supermarket here tried to make people pay for plastic bags a while back (on the pretense that it was good for the environment, and they were doing a good thing). Customers told them to sod off, and they quickly reverted their decision. Having them banned everywhere would be a bit of a coup for the supermarkets as it would allow them greater profit margins while not losing custom.

    Surely a more constructive policy would be to pump money into research for sustainable avenues of biofriendly plastic bag creation (which would also have the benefit of bolstering our plastics industry)?