Achieving a waste-free future for local people
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paula Moffatt and Rosemary Nash of Sustainable Papakura Market.