Each year as plastic-free July approaches, I stop to consider what changes are happening around me, what I'm doing in my daily life and what MTG Hawke's Bay is doing to reduce the amount of single-use and throw-away plastic.

It's been interesting to note the disappearance of plastic straws in many places and conversely watching the new industry of re-usable straws appearing for sale – mostly made of metal or glass from what I've seen.

The removal of plastic bags from supermarkets seems to have happened relatively seamlessly, as many people now take reusable bags with them when shopping