Go plas­tic-free to help the en­vi­ron­ment

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

WHILE many of us scram­bled for al­ter­na­tives when the sin­gle-use plas­tic bag ban came into ef­fect, staff at a Treen­dale busi­ness would have barely felt a rip­ple after chal­leng­ing them­selves to go waste-free months ago. After watch­ing the film

Trashed in April, Back on Track chi­ro­prac­tic clinic ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer Amanda Lovitt was in­spired to re­duce the clinic’s waste.

“I’ve al­ways done a lot to re­cy­cle at home, but after watch­ing the film I wanted to make changes at work too,” Mrs Lovitt said.

The clinic was pre­vi­ously pro­duc­ing sev­eral bags of rub­bish twice each week.

After re­ceiv­ing the go-ahead from clinic owner Mark Neil­son, Mrs Lovitt swapped the ther­apy bed’s dis­pos­able cov­ers to re­cy­clable pa­per cov­ers, in­stalled a com­post bin for food scraps and leaves from the in­door plants, re­placed pa­per tow­els in the bath­room for reg­u­lar tow­els, and more re­cently swapped plas­tic cups on the wait­ing-room water foun­tain to com­post-able corn starch cups.

Mrs Lovitt was blown away by the re­sults when the clinic filled just a small dust­bin of waste in April, half a dust­bin in May, and only had three items in the bin in June.

Every­thing else was re­cy­cled or com­posted.

“It does take work, but it is worth it,” Mrs Lovitt said.

“We’re not quite zero waste, but we’re not bad.”

Welling­ton Re­gional Waste ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Emma Clay en­cour­aged peo­ple to fol­low the clinic’s ex­am­ple by go­ing plas­tic-free for July.

“It’s all about mak­ing small changes and cre­at­ing new habits which can have a big im­pact on the quan­tity of waste we pro­duce,” Ms Clay said.

She said switch­ing to re­us­able take­away cups, stain­less steel straws and beeswax wraps in­stead of plas­tic could re­duce one per­son’s waste in just one week.

Peo­ple can sign up for the chal­lenge at www.plas­ticfree­july.org.

Pic­ture: Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Welling­ton Re­gional Waste ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Emma Clay and Back On Track chi­ro­prac­tic clinic ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer Amanda Lovitt of­fer plas­tic al­ter­na­tives to ‘Slim’.

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