Can the plastic, grab your bag
AN ENVIRONMENTALLY friendly shopping bag promoting the region is soon to hit local stores with the aim of replacing plastic bags.
The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre, Tangaroa Blue and the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group recently ran a competition for local artists to create a design for an iconic Port Douglas reusable shopping bag as part of the Think Outside the Bag project which aims to phase out the single-use plastic bags.
Low Isles caretaker Jenni Fox’s amazing design captured the natural beauty of Port Douglas and was selected as the winner.
Jenni said she is passionate about protecting the marine environment and keeping paradise plastic-free.
‘‘I have been caretaker at Low Isles for a year now and it is very close to my heart,’’ she said.
‘‘Combining the underwater and above water images of a turtle bommie and Low Isles represents how interconnected the land and sea are, showing that litter that starts on land and always ends up in our oceans.
‘‘If we all do something as little as not using plastic bags, it has to be a good thing for the environment.
‘‘In the last 12 months the plastic issue has become very real to me.
‘‘To me not using plastic is one of the most important ways we can all help protect our marine wildlife, and preserve our environment for the future.’’
These unique reusable bags will be available for purchase next month in a variety of Port Douglas shops.
GOING GREEN: Jenni Fox’s winning design (inset) Jenni Fox