Microbeads are banned, but plastic-filled products are everywhere

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PERC co-director Trisia Farrelly is calling for greater awareness of and restrictions on plastics in consumer products like cosmetics. Despite 2018 regulations on microbeads, plastic products filled products continue to be sold. Farrelly explains to Stuff that some forms of plastic, such as acrylates copolymer and its variations, fall outside the current legislation. Acrylates copolymer is a microplastic that poses a …

Publication: Islands of Opportunity

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Pacific Island countries and territories only contribute 13% of the “mismanaged plastic in the world’s oceans”, yet oceanic currents deposit much of this mismanaged plastic on Pacific shores. PERC co-director Trisia Farrelly has contributed to the authorship of the report Islands of Opportunity: Toward a Global Agreement on Plastic Pollution for Pacific Island Countries and Territories, which argues that existing …

Upcoming event: Burning vs Zero Waste

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**POSTPONED** New Date TBC Te Papa, Mahuki Level 2 Waste – is burning the best way to deal with it? Zero-waste expert Paul Connett discusses the downsides of incineration, and explores sustainable alternatives. A Q&A follows. In this talk Dr. Connett, a retired professor of chemistry and author of the book The Zero Waste Solution, will explain why neither incineration nor …

Zero waste around the world

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**POSTPONED** Talk by Emeritus Professor Paul Connett New Date TBC Ground Floor, Palmerston North City Library In this talk Dr. Connett, a retired professor of chemistry and author of the book The Zero Waste Solution, will explain why neither incineration nor related thermal technologies are an appropriate or safe solution for waste management in NZ. Connett will explain why such techniques …

Pete Myers: Visting Scholar 2019

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PERC was honoured to have hosted Dr. Pete Myers as a visiting scholar in early November 2019. Dr. Myers gave three presentations: Palmerston North City Library; Massey University, Wellington; and the Ministry for the Environment. Video footage from the Wellington can be found here. The key ideas that emerged across Pete’s talks were that: Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) …

Pete Myers: What’s safe and what’s not?

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PERC is pleased to announce that visiting PERC Scholar Dr. Pete Myers will be giving a guest lecture, What’s safe and what’s not? The failure of chemical regulations to protect our health. Pete’s talk will be on Tuesday 5 November, 12 noon- 2pm in the Executive Seminar Suite ( 5B14/ESS), Massey University’s Wellington Campus. You can livestream the talk here.

PERC Visiting Scholar: Dr Pete Myers

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PERC is delighted to host Dr Pete Myers (Science Communication Network) at Massey University in November this year. Pete is a leading authority in human health and environmental toxins, and coined the term ‘endocrine disrupting chemicals’ (EDCs).  EDCs are implicated in all plastics, household items, and many food contact materials.  Pete co-authored ‘Our Stolen Future’ and was recently awarded the …

Trisia Farrelly in the Pacific

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Dr. Trisia Farrelly, Co-Director of Massey University’s (NZ) Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC),  attended the Noumea and Waigani Convention COPs on the 29th and 30th August and the Pacific Environment Forum (PEF) on Monday 2nd September.  Dr Farrelly connected with all the Pacific Island country representatives likely to attend UNEA5 and learned about some of their biggest waste challenges.  Those …