War on plastic drink containers
Farmers’ market spreads the word
WANGARATTA Farmers’ Market has embraced the Plastic Free July campaign and has been working with Waste Wise Wangaratta to spread the message.
A coffee van at the market has run a monthly raffle where patrons who bring their own cup or borrow one from the “mug library” get a free entry into the raffle.
Tomorrow they will have a stall providing information and tips on how you can reduce use of plastic with Jacquie Coupe showing how to make alternative bin liners out of newspapers and Boomerang Bags’ members making “t-shirt bags” without sewing.
Mary Daly, Wangaratta Farmers’ Market manager, said volunteers would help anyone who brings an old t-shirt to tomorrow’s market turn it into a handy bag.
“We’re also encouraging our producers to think about how they can reduce or stop the use of single use plastic bags,” Ms Daly said.
“Many are using paper or hessian bags, although vendors selling food products such as meat or fish have to use plastic due to health regulations.”
Council is running a photo competition, asking community members to show how they are going plastic free this July.
Just take a photo of yourself using your own mug at a café or showing off alternative shopping bags or bin liners and you can win.
The competition runs for the month of July and participants need to use the hashtag #plasticfreewangaratta to enter.
People can enter as many times as they like.
The prize for the best plastic free photo will be a hamper of sustainable alternatives to plastic, including a bamboo toothbrush, stainless steel drinking straws, bamboo clothes pegs, stainless steel water bottle, beeswax wraps, Boomerang Bags, organic soap berries and recycled aluminium foil.
For more information on Plastic Free July visit www.plasticfreejuly. org or #wastewisewangaratta, #wangarattafarmersmarket.
IT’S EASY BEING GREEN: Megan Archibald (RCOW waste recovery), Mary Daly (Wangaratta Farmers’ Market and Waste Wise Wangaratta), Meg Edwards (Boomerang Bags) and Ann Brain (Waste Wise Wangaratta) can show you how to stop using single-use plastic bags.