“Single-use plastic is just choking the planet,”: Brendan Donohoe.Instead of plastic, the residents of Avalon in Sydney’s north could soon be carrying their goods in bags made of old sheets, doona covers and upholstery offcuts.
The Surfrider Foundation Australia, a not-for-profit environmental group, wants Avalon to become a plastic bag-free suburb.
“Single-use plastic is just choking the planet; it’s got into every square inch of the world’s oceans,” national chairman Brendan Donohoe said.
To help make the transition, Surfrider is co-operating with Boomerang Bags, a free bag share initiative being trialled on the Gold Coast.
Schools, the Country Women’s Association and other community groups have pitched in to transform materials into bags that shoppers can borrow and return to docks.
“We’ve had a lot of really positive feedback from the businesses,” manager Jordyn de Boer said. “They love it because they can reduce their plastic wastage without any cost.”
Furniture stores have donated their offcuts and a local brewery has donated its wheat and hops wrapping.
Boomerang Bags plans to run trials in Cabarita and Avalon.
“If plastic bags are not being ingested by or entangling wildlife, they are breaking down into tiny pieces,” Ms de Boer said.
“There are gyres out in the middle of the ocean that are just plastic soup.”
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