ED­I­TOR’S COM­MENT

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LETTERS -

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.

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