THE Community Newspaper Group Cleaner Communities campaign starts today.
The campaign runs throughout July and the Mandurah Coastal Times will encourage readers to reduce waste with simple yet impactful changes to everyday habits.
We will also be shining a spotlight on community groups and organisations doing their bit to recycle and encourage sustainable practices.
One such organisation, The Glass Jar, is scheduled to open in Halls Head.
Nik Awford and Jo Wrench decided to open The Glass Jar after they became interested in living an environmentally friendly life. The store is the first of its kind in Mandurah and will enable customers to bring containers from home and fill them up with products.
“We have always liked buying our food in bulk and to do that locally is really hard,” Ms Awford said.
“We also try to buy organic and Australian as much as possible.
“In the last few years we have created a chemical-free home and try to use as little plastic as we can, but it is really hard to buy products without any packaging.
“So the idea of The Glass Jar began, with the hardest part being what to call it.”
With wider society moving towards becoming plastic-free communities and some local councils banning plastic bags, stores like The Glass Jar are ahead of the curve.
Ms Awford hopes to educate customers on the benefits of avoiding plastic and certain chemicals.
“Every day you read about the damage that plastic is doing to the environment and to the wildlife, especially sea creatures,” she said.
“If we all changed our habits it would help so much.
“Cutting out plastic from your daily life will have such a large impact on the environment. So not only is it more cost-effective but also very rewarding.”
There will be free clean glass jars and jars for sale at The Glass Jar, but customers are encouraged to bring their own if they have them.