Bank on th­ese bags to put plas­tic in past


AMANDA Lo­gie wants to see Rochester go plas­tic bag-free.

And thanks to a spon­sor­ship from El­more Lock­ing­ton Rochester Com­mu­nity Bank, our town may be one step closer to that goal.

The bank has pro­vided the town with 3000 Bendigo Bank cloth bags.

And Amanda, co­or­di­na­tor at Rochester Com­mu­nity House (RCH), is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to take ad­van­tage of this do­na­tion and switch from plas­tic bags to more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly op­tions.

And you barely have to do any­thing to get the ball rolling.

‘‘Our aim is to visit busi­nesses and take just five min­utes of your time to

We want to make it as easy as pos­si­ble for peo­ple in­volved — we’ll do the ground­work and get the ball rolling — Amanda Lo­gie

show you an ex­am­ple of free, sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tives to plas­tic bags,’’ Amanda said.

‘‘For those of you al­ready us­ing pa­per bags we will pro­vide you with Bendigo Bank-branded en­viro bags, with the po­ten­tial to use boomerang bags also.

‘‘For those of you who are cur­rently us­ing plas­tic bags, we have a cou­ple of op­tions in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of pa­per bags, en­viro bags and the po­ten­tial of the use of boomerang bags.

‘‘We want to make it as easy as pos­si­ble for peo­ple in­volved — we’ll do the ground­work and get the ball rolling.’’

RCH has also pur­chased a range of brown pa­per bags, which will be pro­vided for free dur­ing the trial pe­riod.

Busi­nesses are en­cour­aged to con­sider cre­at­ing a buy­ing group for fu­ture pur­chases of the bags.

‘‘We will also be call­ing on mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who would be in­ter­ested in mak­ing boomerang bags which can be used and re­turned to lo­ca­tions yet to be de­cided upon,’’ Amanda said.

‘‘Peo­ple can come to sewing sessions at the com­mu­nity house or sew from home and we’ll pro­vide the ma­te­rial.’’

Amanda hoped mak­ing Rochester plas­tic bag-free would pre­serve its sur­round­ings for gen­er­a­tions to come.

‘‘I want my kids and grand­kids to be able to ex­pe­ri­ence all of what we have with mother na­ture,’’ she said.

‘‘If our earth is all choked up with plas­tic, we won’t be able to en­joy the en­vi­ron­ment as we do now.

‘‘A lot of this just comes down to chang­ing habits.’’

Brad Ma­jor, Matt Hawker, Amanda Lo­gie, Kelly Viney, Kerri McPhee and Melissa Ash­well want Rochy to be plas­tic bag-free.

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