Most people now take their own reusable bags shopping and many people use a reusable cup when getting take away coffee to sit and enjoy a real cup. Well done you!
There is much more you can do to help the impact of single use plastic on the environment, including the health of the ocean, reducing the impact on landfill and global warming.
Try to avoid:
• Filling your bins with plastics for ‘recycling’ by not buying products with much plastic packaging.
• Pre-packed fruit and vegetables by choosing loose products or use a reusable bag.
• Pre-packed meat or fish by shopping at the deli counter or butcher or fishmonger for paper wrapped or BYO reusable container.
• Bottled water by filling a reusable bottle from the tap.
• Bottled soft drinks by reducing the amount (helps your health) or make your own with a soda maker/carbonator or choose glass bottles (and recycle).
The CWA in Canowindra holds boomerang bag making workshops each month and will have bags for sale at the Moorbel Markets in September. They use donated fabric and volunteers cut and sew the bags together or you can pick up a kit to make your own.
If you wish to recycle your soft plastics that you collect from shopping and packaging, you can take them to the collection bins outside Lawrence’s IGA or Foodworks stores in Canowindra. The CWA members collect this material and transport it to Redcycle to be made into outdoor furniture and playground equipment.
Take the challenge. Avoid landfill waste, reduce your eco-footprint and protect the ocean. For more information contact CWA member Bev Taylor 0488 778 173.