Plastic Bag Free Wanaka’s committee is celebrating the release of its bag in local shops this week.
Plastic Bag Free Wanaka’s spokesperson Anna van Riel said she was absolutely thrilled to achieve the vision of a reusable Wanaka canvas shopping bag, which will offer locals and tourists an alternative to plastic.
“It’s so easy to say no to plastic bags when you have an alternative that you’re proud to carry. It seems crazy that we’ve fallen into the habit of using plastic bags for only a few minutes before throwing them away, when they take hundreds of years to break down and cause havoc in marine environments,” Anna said.
“The community has given us so much support on our mission to make Wanaka a plastic bag free town and I can’t wait to see the Wanaka bag carried on missions all over town.”
Plastic Bag Free Wanaka funded the print run of the bags through a Pledge Me campaign which sold limited edition bags made at sewing drives by local volunteers.
The bags can be purchased from this week from Health 2000, Florence’s Café, Wonder Room, Whole Food Haven, Soulfood and Sailz. Wanaka Wastebusters and New World will also start stocking the bags later this month.
To thank the community for its support, the committee is planning a series of winter events focused around Plastic Free July, with the first being a wine and cheese movie night at the Venue from 7.30pm on Thursday June 15.
Tickets cost $12 and can be bought at Health 2000 or through eventfinda.
Funds from the movie will be used to put on other events during Plastic Free July, including a honey wrap workshop and a dilemma bag dinner.
Any outlets who would like to stock the Wanaka bag can contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 367 9940.
Pictured: The Plastic Bag Free Wanaka committee with their bags.