CWA sewers (front l-r) Ivy Delaney, Betty Barwick and Sylvia Larkin with (rear l-r) Janelle Dean from Sublime Clothing, Tiffany Lee from La Mistique, councillor Jeff Johnson and Kim Potter from Ballina Chamber of Commerce.
CWA sewers (front l-r) Ivy Delaney, Betty Barwick and Sylvia Larkin with (rear l-r) Janelle Dean from Sublime Clothing, Tiffany Lee from La Mistique, councillor Jeff Johnson and Kim Potter from Ballina Chamber of Commerce.

Abolish the (plastic) bag

The revolution to abolish single use plastic bags is gathering momentum. The impact of plastic bags on marine wildlife is well documented, not to mention the billions that end up in landfill and the oil that is needed to produce and transport them.

The Ballina CWA has joined the revolution and the ladies have been busily sewing shopping bags made from curtain material offcuts that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

Recently they launched the new bags, which will be available to buy in shops around Ballina. Each bag will cost $4.50 and the money will go back to the CWA and local charities.

Cr Jeff Johnson, who initiated the project, said he would be making presentations to the Ballina Retail Action Group and the Ballina Chamber of Commerce in the coming weeks to encourage more businesses to stop providing plastic bags.

“There are many alternatives to the single use plastic bag. What better than a bag made in Ballina from curtain off cuts?” he said. “We all need to remember to take our bags with us when we go shopping or to buy a locally made bag... Australia uses billions of plastic bags each year. They are harmful to the environment and local animals, particularly marine life. Millions of barrels of oil are being used to produce and transport these bags from around the world. Well, enough’s enough. We now have a local bag that people can use.”

Retailers wishing to stock the bag should contact CWA president Betty Barwick on 6686 4652.


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