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By making a few simple swaps in your daily life, everyone can help reduce the use of single-use plastics. Together we can make a difference and be a part of the pollution solution!

Second hand shopping

More and more people are shopping pre-loved and there are so many reasons to do it! 

The world is full of cheaply made and poor-quality items. These things create excess waste and are filling our landfills unnecessarily. It’s not just clothes anymore either, short-term trends are everywhere. There are so many household items, pieces of furniture, décor items and shoes that only last a short time before needing to be binned. Globally, there are enough clothes already in existence to dress the next six generations! Shop differently and value what you have, keeping the environment in mind.

Take pleasure in the thrill of the hunt and finding a bargain with the help of Napier and Hastings' second hand shopping map. Download your copy, and explore some of the fantastic shops we have right here in Napier and Hastings before choosing to buy brand new.

Join the solution to plastic pollution

Napier City Council is committed and passionate about encouraging people to choose to refuse single-use plastic.

If everyone made small changes and refused to use plastic wherever possible, collectively it would make a significant difference to the amount of plastic polluting our city, country and the planet. Whether that means swapping plastic straws for reusable metal straws, opting for paper bags rather than plastic when supermarket shopping, or re-using water bottles it all helps!

The good news is, anyone can do it with just a bit of thought and planning.


CoffeeWe have some of the best cafes in New Zealand, right here in Napier! Sadly, almost 295 million single use cups go to landfill each year.

If you’re in a hurry, use a clean reusable cup and get your drink to go. Or if you have time, sit down and enjoy your drink at your local café. Remember, use reusable and say no to single-use cups!

Keep a reusable cup in your car so you always have the option to choose reusable.

RefillDid you know Napier is home to some awesome re-filling stores? Re-filling is a great way to reduce plastic use and is better for the environment. Refilling is an easy way to re-use bottles and containers that may already be in your home too.

Next time you need some household cleaning or personal care products – pop in to your nearest re-filling store with your clean bottles and containers and start refilling!

Refill at Eco Kiosk or Chantal’s in Napier.

WrapsThis simple swap is an easy one but it makes a huge difference to our planet! Bees wax wraps are a reusable alternative to cling wrap. The average family uses 24 rolls of plastic cling wrap per year!

Unfortunately cling wrap isn’t reusable and it’s not recyclable. So make the swap, say no to single use plastics and keep your kai fresher for longer using beeswax wraps.

Check out our beeswax wrap step-by-step guide.



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