War on plas­tic drink con­tain­ers

Farm­ers’ mar­ket spreads the word

Wangaratta Chronicle - - What's On -

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.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

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.

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