Achiev­ing a waste-free fu­ture for lo­cal peo­ple

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - LIU CHEN

En­vi­ron­men­tal group Sus­tain­able Pa­pakura shared its ideas of waste min­imi­sa­tion at the re­cent Art in the Park event in Cen­tral Park.

The Auck­land Coun­cil’s new three-bin rub­bish col­lec­tion ser­vice was in­tro­duced, while chil­dren had the op­por­tu­nity to turn plas­tic bot­tles into flow­ers, and show­cased a range of bags they up-cy­cled from used ma­te­ri­als.

At­ten­dees were asked about their at­ti­tudes to­ward elim­i­nat­ing sin­gle-use plas­tic bags in Pa­pakura’s shop­ping precinct and were ‘‘over­whelm­ingly in sup­port’’ of the agenda.

‘‘We hope to re­duce en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age and make the earth, and make Pa­pakura a healthy place to live with clean soil, streets, air and wa­ter where peo­ple can flour­ish,’’ Sus­tain­able Pa­pakura sec­re­tary Rose­mary Nash says.

She rec­om­mends that peo­ple think be­fore buy­ing any­thing that’s made of plas­tic, which ‘‘never de­grades com­pletely, but does cause toxic dam­age as it breaks down’’.

‘‘Please think about the fu­ture of the planet.’’

The reusable bags can be pur­chased from the Sus­tain­able Pa­pakura Mar­ket at its new lo­ca­tion in the foyer of Pa­pakura Li­brary on the third Satur­day of each month.

Those who wish to do­nate ma­te­ri­als for bags can email trust@sus­tain­blepa­pakura.org.nz.

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Paula Mof­fatt and Rose­mary Nash of Sus­tain­able Pa­pakura Mar­ket.

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