Flag the Bag a fun day with a message

WHO NEEDS PLASTIC? Showing their support for a plastic bag-free Tairawhiti are (from left) Zoe Solomon, Lynette Fielding, Geoff Wright and Dr Nicky Solomon of Plastic Bag-free Tairawhiti. Mr Wright is hosting the Flag The Bag family fun day at his Manutuke vineyard on February 5. There will be live music, food, a wearable arts competition and other activities, all in the name of raising environmental awareness. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

DELIVERING a splendid time while promoting an underlying message is the aim of the inaugural Flag the Bag family fun day at Wrights Vineyard Winery on February 5.

Live music, food, wine, non-alcoholic refreshments and plenty of fun activities for the kids form part of the package.
The event’s centrepiece will be the Enviro Wearable Arts Competition.

Competitors will don their creations and stroll along the walkway at 2pm. They will be judged by deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz and Glassons ethical compliance consultant Lynette Fielding.

Sheets and T-shirts will also be provided for a simple fun make-your-own bag activity.

The bags will be stencilled with Plastic Bag-free Tairawhiti’s Flag the Bag logo designed and donated by local designers Morley Design Group.

“We want to raise awareness about environmental sustainability in a fun way," said Dr Nicky Solomon of Plastic Bag-free Tairawhiti. “We want to encourage our community to become plastic bag-free.

“Plastic bags are the focus, because we can easily eliminate them from our lives. Once people start to reduce their use of plastic bags, they tend to think about reducing other single-use plastics too.”

More than 100,000 plastic bags go to landfill from Gisborne each week.

A plastic bag-free Tairawhiti is a realistic goal, Dr Solomon said.

“We have a superb opportunity to really move our region in an environmentally sustainable direction, bringing together lots of different initiatives and creating a stand-out position in the world. Becoming plastic bag-free would be a great place to start.”

The Flag the Bag event will feature live music from Wairoa singer Teia Kennedy, local guitarist-singer Paul Jackson and the “Lorde-like” Maisy Stark-Walker who will perform with 10-year-old sister Sadie.

Activities to entertain youngsters include face-painting and a bouncy castle.

Flag the Bag starts at 11am and runs to around 4pm. Tickets are available from www.wrightswines.co.nz, Gisborne I Site, or Solomon Realty (RE/MAX).

DELIVERING a splendid time while promoting an underlying message is the aim of the inaugural Flag the Bag family fun day at Wrights Vineyard Winery on February 5.

Live music, food, wine, non-alcoholic refreshments and plenty of fun activities for the kids form part of the package.
The event’s centrepiece will be the Enviro Wearable Arts Competition.

Competitors will don their creations and stroll along the walkway at 2pm. They will be judged by deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz and Glassons ethical compliance consultant Lynette Fielding.

Sheets and T-shirts will also be provided for a simple fun make-your-own bag activity.

The bags will be stencilled with Plastic Bag-free Tairawhiti’s Flag the Bag logo designed and donated by local designers Morley Design Group.

“We want to raise awareness about environmental sustainability in a fun way," said Dr Nicky Solomon of Plastic Bag-free Tairawhiti. “We want to encourage our community to become plastic bag-free.

“Plastic bags are the focus, because we can easily eliminate them from our lives. Once people start to reduce their use of plastic bags, they tend to think about reducing other single-use plastics too.”

More than 100,000 plastic bags go to landfill from Gisborne each week.

A plastic bag-free Tairawhiti is a realistic goal, Dr Solomon said.

“We have a superb opportunity to really move our region in an environmentally sustainable direction, bringing together lots of different initiatives and creating a stand-out position in the world. Becoming plastic bag-free would be a great place to start.”

The Flag the Bag event will feature live music from Wairoa singer Teia Kennedy, local guitarist-singer Paul Jackson and the “Lorde-like” Maisy Stark-Walker who will perform with 10-year-old sister Sadie.

Activities to entertain youngsters include face-painting and a bouncy castle.

Flag the Bag starts at 11am and runs to around 4pm. Tickets are available from www.wrightswines.co.nz, Gisborne I Site, or Solomon Realty (RE/MAX).

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