Say yes to clean oceans this International World Ocean Day by saying no to plastic bags.
Thursday 8 June is International World Ocean Day and Eurobodalla Council is joining hundreds of people across the region in marking the day by saying no to plastic bags.
Council is supporting Eurobodalla Boomerang Bags; an initiative where communities sew reusable bags for the wider community to use.
It is driven by St Peter’s Anglican College year 11 student Libby Doughty, who is passionate about stopping plastic in the community.
Libby is in the process of organising community sewing bees and has confirmed The Moorings IGA at Tomakin will be the first outlet to have a stand of local Boomerang Bags.
“I got involved (with Boomerang Bags) because I saw the direct impact of plastic bags on the environment and I just thought we really have to stop this,” Libby said.
“People don’t really realise the problem that’s produced with plastic bags.”
Council’s environmental education officer Bernadette Davis praised Libby for her dedication and hopes more retail outlets will support the initiative.
“Some plastic bags can escape as litter and inevitably end up making their way through the stormwater system to the river and eventually the ocean. Once they are in the ocean they can cause a lot of damage to bird and marine life,” she said.
“Whether we are surfers, fishermen, kayakers, scuba divers, swimmers or beach goers, we all love the oceans.
“Saying no to plastic bags is an easy way we can do a bit for the oceans.”
To be involved in Eurobodalla Boomerang Bags phone Bernadette on 4474 1037 or email Bernadette.firstname.lastname@example.org
Council is also promoting the #BanTheBag in NSW, Victoria and WA petition at https://www.change.org/p/ban-plastic-bags-across-nsw-victoria-and-wa