working with communities to help reduce single-use plastic packaging and create lasting changes towards a circular economy
We're all aware of the plastic pollution problem. More and more, people are concerned and wanting to see action to reduce single-use plastics in their communities.
Many people are changing habits and practices, but if we want to see real change, we need to stop single-use plastics at the source.
WHAT WE NEED ARE WHOLE COMMUNITIES TAKING A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC PACKAGING, WITH A FOCUS ON LONG LASTING SOLUTIONS.
A few years ago, Boomerang Alliance started the Plastic Free Noosa project. Our goal was simple - create a program to assist businesses to reduce single-use plastics that could be replicated by other communities.
We soon realised that working with businesses, suppliers and the packaging industry to achieve this change was anything but simple! Confusing options, misleading advice and difficulty finding fit-for purpose alternatives means many businesses just don't get there.
We did ultimately develop a program that was able to be replicated, but the crucial elements - the knowledge, experience, and partnerships we developed - were not.
SO WE CREATED 'PLASTIC FREE PLACES' - A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM THAT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED BY US IN ANY COMMUNITY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COUNCIL AND THE COMMUNITY ITSELF.
We currently work in six communities across Australia. Below is our combined impact of our full community programs in Noosa, Byron Perth and Adelaide, plus our two trial communities in Victoria (Elsternwick and Mt Martha) as at Feb 29, 2020.
*Plastic Free Champions are our member food retailers, markets and events that have eliminated all of our key plastic items (straws, coffee cups & lids, takeaway containers & lids, food ware (cutlery, plates, cups etc), water bottles & bags).
WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR COMMUNITY TO BECOME A PLASTIC FREE PLACE? FIND OUT HOW BELOW:
Information for Government
Find out more about becoming
a Plastic Free Place, and access our Council Events Guide and resources.
Want to get a Plastic Free Places project going in your community?
Here's what to do.
Information for Communities