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Continued from page 1. “We had this project at Education Marine Reserves where we went snorkelling and then we decided to focus on plastic bags and the harm they do to sea creatures. Then we won the action project,” Levi explained. “As part of our project we went to New World Island Bay on a Sunday and counted 206 plastic bags being used in half

an hour,” Zack added. “That’s 43,260 plastic bags being used at just one supermarket in a week.” The pair has since put up posters at Island Bay New World encouraging people to use reusable bags and then spent last Sunday at the Sunday market on the waterfront helping Wellington City Council hand out free reusable bags.

They originally believed boxes would be better, however soon changed their minds. “Before we started concentrating on reusable bags we wanted to focus on cardboard boxes. But boxes are also only single use,” Zack said. “That would create a whole other problem because then there would be more trees getting cut down for the boxes,”

Levi added. The boys said they hoped everyone would cease to use plastic bags. “We asked our classmates when they wanted to stop using plastic bags and they were like maybe when we are 18. And we said, “Why not now? Why not start now?” Zack asked.

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