Cut to plastics is good news for all
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?”