Mindarie Regional Council offering tips to use less plastic in July


Mindarie Regional Council waste education officer Peg Davies with Patrick Wake (8),Ja-on Park, Niamh Keelan-Wake (6), Quinns Rocks Environmental Group’s Jacqueline Keelan-Wake and Alex Wake (10) supporting Plastic Free July. Picture: Martin Kennealey d456092
Mindarie Regional Council waste education officer Peg Davies with Patrick Wake (8),Ja-on Park, Niamh Keelan-Wake (6), Quinns Rocks Environmental Group’s Jacqueline Keelan-Wake and Alex Wake (10) supporting Plastic Free July. Picture: Martin Kennealey d456092

A FREE event in Currambine this Saturday will highlight issues around plastic use, disposal and pollution.

Mindarie Regional Council (MRC) Earth Carers will hold the July 2 event at Currambine Community Centre as part of the broader Plastic Free July campaign.

The international campaign started in Perth’s western suburbs several years ago to raise awareness about plastic-filled lives and challenging people to avoid single-use plastics for a month, a week or even a day.

With half the plastic produced used once then thrown away, the challenge to reduce plastic use focuses on four key products – plastic bags, coffee cup lids, straws and water bottles.

The MRC talk and workshop will discuss the perils and possibilities around living with less plastic, and Lindsay Miles, who blogs on ‘Treading My Own Path’, will share her journey from a plastic-filled to a reduced-plastic lifestyle.

She will offer examples and dilemmas on how easy it can be to make big changes in how people purchase everyday items and what are the alternatives.

“When we acknowledge how much single-use plastic we actually use every day and pick up a few ideas on how to reduce the quantities by changing how we purchase, it opens a whole awareness of all our waste issues,” MRC waste education officer Peg Davies said.

“The event is not to shame people by what they purchase, but to inspire them into small changes.”

The event will include workshops and demonstrations on how to make alternatives to plastic wrap with beeswax covers, and make toothpaste, deodorant, yoghurt, cheese and skin care products from everyday kitchen supplies.

There will also be a demonstration on making crocheted longwearing cotton dishcloths.

The free event will run from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, July 2 at the Currambine Community Centre, 61 Delamere Avenue.

To attend, email wasted@ mrc.wa.gov.au or call Peg Davies on 0422 941 492 for more information.