Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa, New Zealand
After broad consultation, the first project that the Office will be working on is a synthesis of approaches to reduce the impact of plastic and to explore the opportunities and challenge for alternatives in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Juliet has assembled an initial panel who will finalise the scope of the work and contribute to assessing evidence across disciplines. Aspects of the work will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the range of plastics entering New Zealand and the range of social and technological solutions to issues in the plastic life cycle – from production through to consumer behaviour and disposal.
The panel to engage in scoping the project met on the 5th of February. Their initial task was to finalise the scope for the project.
In addition to a core panel, we are also maintaining a larger reference group, including academics with key specialities and skills and people in industry. They will assist us in making sure the advice is timely and relevant. We are also building contacts with local government and central government agencies.
You can see our full list of project resources, references, etc, here.
Single-use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability The UN report “Single-use plastics
The Sustainable Business Network’s report on the New Zealand’s Plastic Packaging System
New Plastics Economy: Catalysing Action A report from the Ellen Macarthur Foundation
We can all help with this project by starting to change the way we do things. The Ministry for the Environment has a useful page on recycling that covers plastics that is a great starting point.
Go to the MFE webpage…
Dr Diane Ruwhiu, University of Otago
Dr Elspeth MacRae, Scion
Assoc Professor Sarah McLaren, Massey University
Dr Niki Harre, University of Auckland
Assoc Professor Mark Staiger, University of Canterbury
Dr Bethanna Jackson, Victoria University of Wellington
Stephen Harris, Special Representative, Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance
Dr James Wright, University of Auckland
Dr Olga Pantos, ESR
Dr Melanie Mark-Shadbolt, Ministry for the Environment
and Abbie Reynolds, Business NZ.
Contact us about the “Rethinking Plastics” project
If you have any suggestions, or want to help, please get in contact with us at email@example.com
Researchers or academics who would like to be part of the reference group should contact their institutional contact for our office in the first instance.