July 26, 2016

Mullumbimby IGA has reduced the supply of plastic carry bags into our community by 150 000 per year

Can you tell how pleased I am to hear Daniel Tiffin tell me Mullumbimby IGA isn’t bringing plastic carry bags back to their registers!?!?!?!  I was one happy camper:)

We’re in the final week of Plastic Free July and I am so blown away by all the different activities and sections of the community that have embraced the opportunity to reduce our use of disposable plastic.

Tamara with Daniel Tiffin & Simon R

Our member for Balina, Tamara Smith, and Mayor, Simon Richardson,  joined Jeannette Martin and myself last Friday in personally acknowledging the significant decision taken by our IGA manager, an act of leadership that will save our planet from needing to produce, transport, dispose of or cope with as litter, 150 000 lightweight plastic bags each and every year.  A complete wrap up of the initiative has begun and we are expecting many of the traders who took part will elect to embed their plastic pollution reduction behaviour into business as usual after July ends.  We’ll pull together a summary of actions once the dust has settled after July 31.  In the meantime you can find a full list of Trader participants (26 and still growing), Supporters & Sponsors here on the Mullum Cares website🙂

Please join us this Sunday at the Mullumbimby Community Garden for an end of Plastic Free July Permaculture Feast and hear from Tamara about her plan to Ban the Bag in Byron as a prelude to regulating light weight plastic bags out of circulation in NSW.

Jenni Cargill Strong will remind us of our community power and our environments’ joy at our affirmative actions through her stories and there will be great free kids activities.   The event details can be found on the Disposable Free Mullumbimby Facebook page here.  It runs 11am – 3pm and we’d love to see you all there!