Is honesty and accuracy such a big ask?

We’ve all seen the pictures of our environment and marine life suffering because of plastic pollution,” Countdown spokeswoman Kiri Hannifin says.

Reading Stuff I came across this statement: Quote.

Countdown has already started phasing out plastic bags with 10 stores no longer selling plastic bags. End of quote.

Really? What am I going to pack my sandwiches in if they have removed Glad zippy bags from their shelves? What will I line the kitchen tidy rubbish bin with if bin liners have been removed from the shelves? Surely this cannot be accurate? So I clicked the link.

Sure enough, that is what the headline said: Quote.

Countdown chooses 10 supermarkets to go plastic bag free, rest to follow. End of quote.

Stunned, that they could contemplate depriving me of my Glad zippy bags, I read on … Quote.

Countdown plans to phase out single-use plastic bags at 10 of its supermarkets from May 21.

The stores will no longer offer plastic bags at the checkout and customers will have to bring their own, or buy a reusable bag at the checkout.  End of quote.

Oh, checkout bags only!  Well, why didn’t you say so in the first place, Stuff?

And didn’t you say that they would be “no longer selling plastic bags”?  When did Countdown ever sell plastic checkout bags?

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story, huh?

But the clincher was the photo in the article, used to support this plan; the photo above.  The caption was “We’ve all seen the pictures of our environment and marine life suffering because of plastic pollution,” Countdown spokeswoman Kiri Hannifin says.”

Surely that is not a photo of the current plastic bag waste situation in New Zealand?

A quick Google image search turned up a number of American websites that used this photo in 2010.  Given that there is a windsock in the picture, I would be willing to wager that the photo was taken through the wire netting fence around a landfill site somewhere and that all this plastic waste was being managed and contained.

I accept that there is far too much trash dumped out the windows of cars travelling around New Zealand and we should do all we can to keep this beautiful country clean and green but dishonest reporting and imagery is not the way to go.


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WH is a pale, stale, male who does not believe all the doom and gloom climate nonsense so enjoys generating CO2 that the plants need to grow by driving his MG.

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