2. Bring your own bag
It has been illegal in New Zealand for retailers to provide customers with single use plastic bags since July 2019. Paper bags will be provided to customers at retail stores and long life multi-use bags made from synthetic fabric are available for purchase at most supermarkets. However, what is it’s even better is bringing your own reusable bag with you. Reusable bags can usually be folded down and don't take up much space.
If you forget your reusable bag, a local Queenstown initiative, Boomerang Bags are available in stations at popular retail locations, markets and supermarkets. Boomerang Bars are made by volunteers in Queenstown from donated fabrics and provided in boxes for those who have forgotten their reusable bags. If you use one it is expected that you return it afterwards so it can be used over and over by those who need it. Find out more about Boomerang Bags here.