Ge­orge St stakes a claim on plas­tic bag-free Fri­day

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT -

Bag­ging the bags one street at a time is the aim of a new cam­paign from Car­ry­ing Our Fu­ture.

The com­mu­nity group fronted by mu­si­cian Jen­nifer Moss is declar­ing Plas­tic Bag Free Fri­days on Ge­orge St with the aim of mak­ing Ge­orge St the city’s first plas­tic bag free street.

‘‘We would like to re­alise our vi­sion of our favourite re­tail area be­ing a plas­tic bag free street,’’ Jen­nifer ex­plains. ‘‘Ev­ery Fri­day we in­vite you to as­sist Ge­orge St re­tail­ers by bring­ing your own re­us­able bags. If by chance you get caught out and for­get your re­us­able bag, ask a friendly Ge­orge St re­tailer for one.’’

The bag-free launch is be­ing cel­e­brated this Fri­day 25 at 10am and in the evening at 7pm with a free out­door screen­ing of the 2010 award­win­ning en­vi­ron­men­tal doc­u­men­tary Bag It in the al­ley at 50 Ge­orge St.

Bag It is de­scribed as a ‘‘touch­ing and flat-out funny film’’ as Jeb Ber­rier, a ‘‘non tree-hug­ging ‘‘’every­man’’’ sets off on a global tour to find out all he can about our plas­tic in­fat­u­ated and in­fested world, in­clud­ing plas­tic’s im­pact on marine life.

Pop­corn is free, with the screen­ing sup­ported by the city coun­cil, Massey Univer­sity and Palmer­ston North City En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust. For fur­ther de­tails check Face­book.

‘‘If by chance you get caught out and for­get your re­us­able bag, ask a friendly Ge­orge St re­tailer for one.’’ Jen­nifer Moss

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