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Plastics in the Environment: Te Ao Hurihuri – The Changing World

2019: Evidence summary on plastics in the environment. There is growing concern about the use of plastics and their effects on the environment and human health.

This document sets out how plastics are made, used and disposed of. It also covers how plastics enter the environment and the risks plastics pose to wildlife and humans. 


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He mihi | Acknowledgement

This work on plastics was made possible by a bequest from the Baumgart estate.

Ian Baumgart had a distinguished career as a soil scientist in the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). Ian was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in 1962 and became New Zealand’s first Commissioner for the Environment in 1973. Ian was also a recipient of Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Thomson Medal for service to New Zealand science, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Service Order. He passed away in September 2013.