Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - EMMA CHAD­WICK

Y O U N G e n v i r o n m e n t a l war­rior Ri­ley Rose is chang­ing her fam­ily’s life­style af­ter chal­leng­ing her mum to stop us­ing plas­tic shop­ping bags.

The State Gov­ern­ment is set to ban sin­gle- use plas­tic bags next year.

Ri­ley’s Mum Jus­tine God­dard said her 11- year- old daugh­ter be­came an en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cer at her school, and had en­cour­aged her to change.

“Our world is just a re­ally great place and we need to take care of it but treat­ing the world in the way we are now if we don’t change, even­tu­ally all the prod­ucts we use will run out,” Ri­ley said.

“If ev­ery­one can just do one thing to help the earth, it will make a re­ally big dif­fer­ence.”

Mrs God­dard said her fam­ily had found bees wax fab­ric cloth was a re­place­ment for plas­tic cling wrap, and bought sus­tain­ably- grown bam­boo tooth­brushes.

“She goes mad at me if I come home with plas­tic bags,” Mrs God­dard said.

Mrs God­dard said she had bought a 20m hose which at­taches to their wash­ing ma­chine out­let, with the wa­ter go­ing on to the front gar­den.

“She just wanted to let peo­ple know it is re­ally easy to change one thing, but what hap­pens is you get on this roll and be­fore you know it you have made all these changes,” she said.

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