Single-Use Plastic Ban Update


​The New Zealand government is phasing out hard-to-recycle plastics and single use items. As of July 1, 2023 the sale and manufacture of single-use plastic produce bags, plastic plates, bowls and cutlery, and plastic produce labels will be banned in Aotearoa. 

We want to assist you and your business say goodbye to hard-to-recycle plastics and help keep our country one of the greenest in the world. The proposed changes may seem scary, but we are here to help and address some questions you may have. 

Which Castaway items are included in the ban? 

Only a few of our products are affected. We will no longer sell, or stock plastic cutlery, plates and bowls as of the effective date. 

Can I still order these items before July 1? 

Yes! We have limited stock available for some of these items. Please check the cutlery and plates and bowls categories on the Castaway New Zealand website to place an order and secure stock before July 1. 

Will Castaway offer alternative items? 

Yes! We have been stocking eco-friendly items in our range for a long time. Please visit our website to shop for wooden cutlery, paper plates or sugarcane plates and bowls.

Wooden Cutlery

What is Castaway doing about this now? 

We are committed to informing and educating our customers about environmental concerns, legislation and our products. You can rest assured that we are adhering to regulations and providing sustainable, functional alternatives. 

What is Castaway doing to prepare for the proposed 2025 regulations on plastics? 

Castaway, under MPM Marketing, is an active member of the Packaging Council of New Zealand. We hold a long-term commitment to sustainable, innovative products that are part of an efficient supply chain, reducing environmental impact.

We want you to feel confident that you are purchasing products that abide by the New Zealand government ban on plastics. Please reach out to your account manager or contact our customer service team for any questions, concerns or help choosing alternative products.  

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