College House alumnus, winery proprietor, film director and actor Sam Neill (1966-67) has joined former PM, Helen Clark, primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall and Greenpeace to call for an end to the use of throwaway plastic shopping bags in New Zealand.

Sam Neill has shown his commitment to the cause by "eating" a bag, as many poor turtles do. See video

On 27 February, Greenpeace and the Jane Goodall Institute presented a letter – along with a petition signed by more than 65,000 Kiwis – to the NZ
Conservation Minister urging a regulatory ban on the bags. The letter highlights increasing concerns about the plague of plastic in the oceans and the
impact it has on the environment.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has also given it her backing, along with her counterparts in Wellington, Nelson, Queenstown and Upper Hutt.

The letter says single-use plastics have a "devastating impact globally on animals, people and
the environment".

It suggests New Zealand has fallen "well behind the rest of the world" in the move to eliminate single-use plastic bags and that while commitments to
reduce waste production are encouraging, "New Zealand's current position as the 10th worst nation for creating urban waste is indeed shameful".

 Sam Neil eating plastic

Photos: Stuff NZ

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