Plastic Free July – week one

Plastic Free July is under way and a week has almost passed already. How are you doing? If you haven’t started don’t worry, there are still plenty more days to take up the challenge! Sign up on their website and you’ll get emailed tips throughout the month.

Here are some of the places around Kaitaia that can help us all reduce our plastic footprint – let us know of any others and we’ll add them to the list!

Here at the EcoCentre we have a selection of cloth shopping bags, produce bags (also useful for many other things!) and beeswax wraps for sale, all made by local volunteers, to help you reduce your plastic usage.

Whānau Meats are offering to put those who bring their own containers in during July for their meat to go in a draw on 1st August for a $25 meat voucher, a polo shirt and one of their canvas shopping bags ($100 total value).

Bell’s deli & butcher counter will fill your own containers, and you can use your own cloth or re-used plastic bags in the fruit & veg section

It’s Healthy and The Bush Fairy Dairy are happy for you to use your own containers and bags for bulk bin products

Cavalier’s and Empire Mart sell non-plastic disposable plates and cutlery

Farmers and The Warehouse sell reusable travel coffee cups, and Farmers have them on special offer at the moment

Birdie’s and NZ Surf Bros cafes in town will fill your own re-useable coffee cup, and with tea or hot chocolate too if you’re not a coffee addict!

It’s Healthy and CBEC sell bamboo toothbrushes

It’s Healthy also have Mooncups – a zero waste and money saving option for those menstruating

Sushi Avenue is happy for you to fill your own container with sushi and reuseable cup for miso soup

On Friday 14th July the Transition Towns Kaitaia movie night at Far North REAP will feature Plastic Planet, followed by The Plastic Age. 6.30pm, koha entry

Kaitaia Market will be trialing recycling for the month of July, there will be recycling for cardboard, plastic film and plastic bottles.

We’re having a stall at the market on Saturday 15th July to raise awareness of the campaign and issues involved, and have the plastic-free goods for sale that we stock here at the EcoCentre. Come along and say hello and share how you’re getting on, and if you’ve any questions we’ll do our best to answer them!

Also there will be a ‘plastic free shared lunch’ at the EcoCentre on Saturday 29th July for people to share their experiences through the month and the challenges they faced trying to keep to their plastic free kaupapa.



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