Plas­tic bag set to be a rare sight

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

JU­BILEE Pocket IGA shop­pers will have no ex­cuse to walk out of the gro­cery store with a sin­gle plas­tic bag any­more.

On Mon­day, Whit­sun­day Boomerang Bag cham­pion Barb Adam­son pre­sented the IGA with 80 Boomerang Bags, which shop­pers are asked to bor­row and re­turn and are de­signed for those who for­get to bring their own eco-friendly bags.

IGA also stood up to the plate, of­fer­ing cus­tomers 400 of their own IGA eco-friendly bags, nor­mally priced at $2.80, for free.

IGA co-owner Shane Kin­neally said it was time to tran­si­tion away from plas­tic bag use.

“Af­ter ev­ery­thing we have been through, I think peo­ple are a lit­tle more con­scious of what’s hap­pen­ing with the en­vi­ron­ment and what im­pact it is hav­ing and now is a good time to get on board,” he said.

“Plas­tic bags will not be avail­able in Queens­land from next year, so it’s time to start get­ting ev­ery­one mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

Co-owner Be­lynda Martin said while plas­tic bag use would be dis­cour­aged, staff would “re­luc­tantly” of­fer cus­tomers plas­tic bags if re­quested.

Ms Adam­son said she was thrilled to wit­ness an­other busi­ness get­ting on board.

Any­one in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing to sew Boomerang Bags can phone Barb Adam­son on

0458 525 700.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

IGA own­ers Shane Kin­neally and Be­lynda Martin.

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