THE push to find an innovative design to potentially end the use of plastic bags in Port Douglas is to be commended.
We are not going to save the planet by not using plastic bags in our region but it is certainly a step in the right direction.
Even more significant could be the marketing potential of having a recognisable Port Douglas bag used by the majority of local traders.
Every bag used by a consumer is another advocate for promoting the region.
If we can come up with an iconic design - and let’s face it, there’s plenty of inspiration - then tourists are likely to take them home to be reused.
And every time someone asks them about the bags when they get home, they will not only explain to them that Port Douglas is a plastic bag-free community, they will likely tell them about what a great holiday they had up here.
It’s these little things that add up to a lot when it comes to providing a service.
The organisations involved in trying to instigate a plastic bag-free environment are also going about it in the right way.
They haven’t marched down Macrossan St and demanded local retailers hand over their plastic bag or accused them of killing turtles.
Instead, they have conducted a survey of business owners to determine their willingness to be a part of the campaign and then worked out there is support for it.
Of course, it will all depend on what it would cost the retailers, but it’s certainly a great start to a worthy campaign.