A few years back I made a 'Plastic Resolution' - I was not going to throw away soft plastic in the red bin anymore. As you know Coffs Council don't accept it so the yellow bin wasn't gonna cut it either. A bit of a dilemma. In retail, new garments usually arrive protected in plastic bags. That is each garment is in its' own bag. You get the picture. I started collecting it. Every week, more plastic. After a couple of months I had to start transporting my plastic bundles home since Greenroom didn't have enough nooks for plastic hibernation. Within a few years I had more than a cubic metre of hard-packed, pretty much vacuum-sealed Polyethylene. It was taking over my workroom. Things were getting out of hand.
As it sometimes happens in life. Solutions just show up. One rainy day I walked into Coles on Harbour Drive and Voila! there it was - bins for plastic packaging. I was going to get my workroom back after all.
I didn't feel that I could just wheel in my hoard of plastic. It has taken me 18 months to get rid of it all. Since then I have discovered that Woolworths in Woolgoolga takes plastic as well. If you know of any other place where we can take our soft plastics, please let me know and help spread the word.
I don't just bring in my shopping bags or garment bags. I actually clean all plastic packaging that isn't covered by Coffs Council because Coles says I can ( see the green sign above )
And just to prove that it's not a scam to make us feel better, this bench is found by the elevator at Coles. Love it!
Due to my aversion to plastic I am so careful these days. When I get my veges I just put them individually in my basket or I use the mushroom paper bags. I always look at the packaging before I consider buying a product. All my garbage bags at home I get from Bunnings. They are 100% biodegradable. I know I have an accomplice in my customer Bec who is better than I am at keeping her life plastic free. If you have any bright ideas to cut down on plastic, feel free to share.