Can the plas­tic, grab your bag

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Jessie Tol­son

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

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