Coast business stands up to everyday item killing our planet
THIS simple household item is seriously impacting the environment and killing countless animals every year - there could even be hundreds in your home right now.
The culprit, plastic bags.
Plastic Free July starts up this weekend and one local business is doing its best to educate customers on how easy it can be to live plastic free.
Suzie Morris, owner of The Source Bulk Foods in Caloundra, said while her store had been spruiking reusable bags and containers since they opened two years ago, the special event gave them a chance to really drive the message home.
"We have done this all the time, Plastic Free July just gives us an opportunity to educate people about how important it is to reuse and recycle what you have and not use plastic wherever possible - to say no to a plastic bag," she said.
"We're also encouraging our customers to bring in their jars and containers so they're actually not taking any waste away with them as well."
A public disconnect from where rubbish ends up is a major issue according to Mrs Morris, but a state-wide ban on plastic bags starting in 2018 will hopefully go towards solving our waste woes.
"In mainstream Australia, we don't see the rubbish," Mrs Morris said.
"It goes into our bins and taken away, so our streets are clean. So where does the rubbish go?
"That plastic is ending up not just in our landfill, but in our oceans, killing our marine life and it's ending up in our bloodstream."
While a plastic-free life sounds nearly impossible, Mrs Morris said even the smallest change can make the biggest difference.
"Starting with the little things is important, so there's quite a few things that everyone can do on an every day basis."
"Say no to take-away coffee cups, say no to a plastic bag, say no to bottled water.
"Those are the few things people can start doing straight away that's not going to impact you hugely, but it will make a huge impact to the environment."
The Source Bulk Foods will be handing out 250 free jute bags at the Kawana Markets this Saturday to promote reusable bags.
For more information on Plastic Free July or to sign up visit www.plasticfreejuly.org.