Close
 

Sale and manufacture of microbeads officially banned

  • News
  • December 5, 2017
Sale and manufacture of microbeads officially banned

The Ministry for the Environment has announced today the official ban on the sale and manufacturing of certain types of products containing plastic microbeads.

Banning the sale of plastic microbeads have been in the works since the start of 2017, in an effort to lessen the amount of plastic that travels into our oceans.

In January of this year, the Government said the scope of the ban has yet to be defined as limited information then existed on which products contained microbeads in New Zealand.

Now, it has been clearly defined by the Ministry for the Environment that two types of microbead-containing products are facing prohibiting regulations.

This includes wash-off cosmetics such as facial and body exfoliants, toothpastes and heavy-duty hand cleansers; and also abrasive cleaning products, including household, car or industrial cleaning products.

About 100 personal care products in New Zealand contain the tiny plastic beads. It is estimated about 10,000 tonnes a year of plastic microbeads are used globally. 

The reason for the ban, as stated by the Ministry, is to prevent plastic microbeads, which are non-biodegradable, entering our marine environment. 

Microbeads, which are around 5mm in size, have an ongoing effect in our oceans, harming both marine life and in turn humans who consume most ocean-based food.

Minister for the Environment, David Parker, says that microbeads had been legislated against because of their long term effects.

“They get washed down the drain but are too small to be fully captured by our waste water treatment systems. These minute plastic particles enter the marine environment where they accumulate, do not biodegrade, and are mistaken for food. This causes long-term damage to New Zealand’s marine life.”

“This ban was initiated by the previous Government.nWe supported the regulations while in opposition and we’re happy to be bringing these regulations into force,” says Parker.

Many retailers have already taken steps to take microbeads off shop shelves. New World, Pak 'n' Save and Four Square stores stopped selling all microbead products on July 1, 2017. Foodstuffs and Countdown have removed the beads from their own-brand products.

The ban is expected to come into effect in early June 2018, six months after notification in the NZ Gazette later this week.

This is a community discussion forum. Comment is free but please respect our rules:

  1. Don’t be abusive or use sweary type words
  2. Don’t break the law: libel, slander and defamatory comments are forbidden
  3. Don’t resort to name-calling, mean-spiritedness, or slagging off
  4. Don’t pretend to be someone else.

If we find you doing these things, your comments will be edited without recourse and you may be asked to go away and reconsider your actions.
We respect the right to free speech and anonymous comments. Don’t abuse the privilege.

 

Do you need a marketing plan?

  • Opinion
  • December 14, 2017
  • Juanita Neville-Te Rito
Do you need a marketing plan?

Perhaps you have been running your retail store for years and have lost track with having a marketing plan. Perhaps you have never even had one? But if you don’t, then you haven’t focused your attention on who your customer is or how you’ll reach them.

Read more
 
 
 
 
 
topics
The Retail Yearbook 2017
As we battle our way through the busiest ...
Hospitality enhancing retail
Some think food and integrated hospitality offerings will ...
The future is bright
We spoke with four retailers in their twenties ...
Spotlight on signage
At first glance, the humble in-store sign might ...
Red Awards 2016
The Red Awards for retail interior design celebrate ...
Auckland Unitary Plan
Auckland is changing. The Unitary Plan will decide ...
Sisterhood
Women in retail help one another. We spoke ...
All things to all people
Kiwi retailers share their omnichannel strategies.
How to open a store
Sarah Dunn considers what it would take to ...
Rising stars
Retail's top young achievers.
Delivering on your promises
The sale isn't over until your item is ...
Retail in heartland New Zealand
Retailers keep the regions pumping, but how strong ...
The changing face of retail
Shifting demographics are creating big changes in New ...
The retail yearbook
With the help of experts in the retail ...
Retail rogues
We put the spotlight on staff training. Jai ...
Here come the giants
Topshop has arrived in Auckland’s CBD, David Jones ...
From retail to e-tail
Ecommerce has become part of the way mainstream ...
Loyalty in the digital age
How are retailers maintaining loyalty? Sarah Dunn, Elly ...
Window shopping: A spotlight on social media
Sarah Dunn and Elly Strang look at how ...
The Innovators | In partnership with Spark Business
Technology is rapidly changing the retail industry as ...
 

#Trending: Voice activation

  • News
  • December 13, 2017
#Trending: Voice activation

All the big names have the same thing in mind. Google, Apple, Amazon and Samsung all want us yelling at machines. Voice activation is not unlike casting a spell: say a few words into the air, and a nearby device can grant your request.

Read more
 
 

Pumpkin Patch is reborn as an Australian company

  • News
  • December 13, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Pumpkin Patch is reborn as an Australian company

Following its collapse over 2015 and 2016, Pumpkin patch was purchased by Australian ecommerce retailer Catch Group with plans to relaunch the brand online. Pumpkin Patch’s ecommerce store is now live in Australia and New Zealand.

Read more
 
 
Next page
Results for
Topics
Jobs
About us.

The Register provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2015 Tangible Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.

Advertise
The Register

editor@theregister.co.nz

Content marketing/advertising? Email anita@tangiblemedia.co.nz or call 022 639 3004

View Media Kit

}