100,000 people sign petition to ban single-use plastic bottles

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Over 100,000 people have signed a petition to ban single-use plastic bottles.

The petition was handed over yesterday on the steps of Parliament.

As part of the handing over ceremony, activists created a larger-than-life sculpture of a toroa bird. Its ten-metre steel-frame wing was filled with discarded plastic bottles.

Greenpeace worker Juressa Lee said the sculpture – nicknamed Birdy – was created by artist Michael Simpson as a tribute to a real albatross, which was found struggling in the surf by a family at a Napier beach.

The toroa’s death inspired Greenpeace’s campaign to ban single-use plastic bottles, culminating in the petition presented to Parliament.

New Zealanders discarded more than a billion plastic bottles every year.

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