Cut to plas­tics is good news for all

South Western Times - - Point Of View -

BUN­BURY is fast be­com­ing plas­tic free as Edith Cowan Univer­sity South West joins the com­mit­ment to a more sus­tain­able fu­ture through the re­stric­tion of sin­gle use plas­tic bot­tles and straws on cam­pus and at its events.

Pleas from stu­dents per­suaded the univer­sity to re­view its waste, prompt­ing the in­stal­la­tion of hy­dra­tion sta­tions and pa­per straws as more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly op­tions.

The ini­tia­tive fol­lows on from the ban­ning of plas­tic bags from ma­jor su­per­mar­kets Wool­worths and Coles in June and early July, in an aim to re­duce the im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

ECU South West is also fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of Bun­bury City Coun­cil, af­ter it an­nounced it had re­placed plas­tic straws with pa­per al­ter­na­tives at the Wildlife Park and the South West Sports Cen­tre.

The coun­cil also of­fered five free re­us­able shop­ping bags for Bun­bury res­i­dents, while its pub­lic li­braries gave away can­vas bags for li­brary card­hold­ers dur­ing July.

The de­ci­sion backs Mayor Gary Bren­nan’s state­ment that “Bun­bury is at the fore­front of waste min­imi­sa­tion and mov­ing away from plas­tic” and it is hoped more busi­nesses will fol­low th­ese pos­i­tive ex­am­ples.

Cam­pus dean Lyn Far­rell summed it up best when she posed the ques­tion “what is the cost of con­ve­nience to our planet?”

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