Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out in New Zealand with regulations to come into effect from 1 July 2019.  The Ministry for the Environment’s regulations will apply to all new plastic shopping bags with handles that are made of plastic up to 70 microns in thickness.  This includes the light-weight plastic bags commonly found at the supermarket, takeaway good and other retail checkouts, as well as heavier boutique-style shopping bags and the ‘emergency’ bags currently offered by some supermarkets as an alternative to a free single-use bag.

If you are still using plastic bags then you will need to think about using something different quite soon.  Apart from paper bags, please click here to see some eco-friendly and/or reusable alternatives currently being used by various businesses along Jackson Street.J

Jackson Street Programme – we have a tote bag in Petone’s colour of navy blue with our logo.  You purchase these directly from us.  Please call into the Historic Police Station at 274b Jackson Street to view or email: for more information, and/or to purchase.

The Table are using ecobags – Ecopack’s range of 100% compostable, plastic free and biodegradable bags and bin liners are an eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic bags.  They are a more sustainable packaging choice and are specifically designed to be sustainable from start to finish.

These bags are made from a natural starch corn starch and the printing is done with water based eco-friendly inks — a true alternative to the traditional oil-based plastics that can take up to 1000 years to break down, if at all.  Fully certified to meet international standards for both home and commercial composting.

The bags begin to decompose in a compost pile taking approximately 90 days to break down (depending on compost conditions such as temperature) leaving no harmful residues in the process.  This eliminates the impact of many tons of plastic bags sitting in our landfills for thousands of years or ending up in our oceans negatively impacting our marine life.

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Style on Jackson have Baggu reusable bags in store.  So many fun prints!

These tough bags hold 2-3 grocery bag contents, are made from ripstop nylon.  Pack-away into a pouch to keep on hand in your bag.

The Petone Depot make and distribute Boomerang Bags – these bags work to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the making of Boomerang Bags – community made, using recycled materials.  Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags.  By getting involved, you are participating in a global movement, celebrating a grassroots initiative focusing on community building and sustainability.

For more information, please see Ange at The Petone Depot in the Doreen Doolan Mall or email:

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