Wool­shed works to turn plas­tic tide

Narrogin Observer - - News -

Wil­liams Wool­shed is lead­ing the fight in the war on waste — swap­ping typ­i­cal pack­ag­ing in the store for plas­tic-free al­ter­na­tives.

Wool­shed co-owner Simon May­lor said the re­tailer has been in the process of swap­ping out plas­tic pack­ag­ing op­tions for the last 12 months.

“We move to tran­si­tion to al­ter­na­tive prod­ucts, so now we don’t use any­thing plas­tic in the kitchen,” he said.

The Wool­shed’s kitchen was a driv­ing fac­tor in the re­tailer’s plas­tic output, us­ing dis­pos­able cut­lery and take­away con­tain­ers.

“We (now) use wax-pa­per straws, bam­boo cut­lery, fi­bre or card­board take­away con­tain­ers and pa­per take­away bags,” Mr May­lor said.

The Wool­shed also swapped plas­tic prod­ucts in the drinks’ fridge for glass bot­tles and is con­sid­er­ing bring­ing in biodegrad­able teabags to the store.

“I sat down with our Coke rep­re­sen­ta­tive and just worked through the dif­fer­ent op­tions we had, it was pretty easy re­ally, we just started us­ing glass bot­tles and alu­minium cans other than the plas­tic bot­tles,” Mr May­lor said.

“We’re al­ways open and look­ing for op­tions on en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly prod­ucts that will help us with our goal of re­duc­ing waste.

“The con­sumer will only pur­chase what a con­sumer can, and if you don’t give con­sumers an al­ter­na­tive they don’t re­ally have an op­tion to en­gage a busi­ness that is en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

The State Gov­ern­ment banned sin­gle-use plas­tic bags ear­lier in the year.

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Co-own­ers Simon May­lor and Ryan Duff.

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