Campaign bid to rid Capricorn Coast of plastic bags grows
SMALL business operators on the Capricorn Coast are getting behind the Capricorn Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Bag the Bag: Fantastic without Plastic campaign in a bid to eliminate plastic bags from the coast.
Sandy's Bazaar, BCF, Simply Health and The Shore Thing have already joined the growing ranks of businesses to take part in the initiative.
The campaign was created to encourage the community to be more mindful of how damaging plastic bags can be.
Sandy's Bazaar co-owner Pauline Fitzgerald said she was well aware plastic bags clogged our waterways, killing marine life and polluting the environment.
"They just don't break down which leaves us with waste that we can't do anything with.
"Changing our habits will help to protect our environment for future generations and reduce our waste which in turn puts less pressure on landfills," she said.
"We use paper bags with string handles in our business, they can be reused and offer a sensible alternative to plastic.
"We also have a small 100% degradable bag for smaller items.
"The small cost to us is worth helping to save the environment."
Likewise, Simply Health Owner/operator Mary Clark said getting rid of plastic bags was the way to go.
"We have been using about 95% paper bags and 5% of 100% degradable bags in our business for the past five years," Ms Clark said.
"We simply refuse to pollute our area.
"When I think of plastic bags the image of turtles, baby pelicans and fish choking on them, I just can't bear the thought."
The CCRRA Bag the Bag: Fantastic without Plastic' sub-committee is asking all businesses to join the initiative and help preserve the community in which we live.
Businesses keen to be involved in the campaign should contact Jo on 0408 873 047.
What can you do?
- Take reusable bags with you when you shop.
- Buy products with little or no plastic packaging.
- Cotton or canvas bags are a great alternative to plastic bags.
- Support efforts to ban plastic bags.
- Help out with coastal clean-up days.
- Ask for re-usable boxes to carry your shopping.
- Dispose of all waste sensibly
Plastic bag facts
- South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT are already plastic shopping bag free.
- Australians use more than four billion plastic bags each year, that is 10 million plastic bags used each day.
- Up to 80% of rubbish in the oceans comes straight from beaches and stormwater drains, most of this is plastic.
- Plastic kills one million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals each year.
- The average plastic bag is used for about 12 minutes but takes up to 1000 years to break down.