Say no, to a plastic planet

LAUREN’S LIST: Lauren Chambers, a Year 7 student at Campion College, doesn’t want to live on “Planet Plastic”. She’s doing her part by starting a sustainable consumer guide that encourages businesses and consumers to avoid single use plastic. The list includes businesses that are happy for customers to bring their own sustainable containers, cups, bottles or straws to use. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

Campion College Year 7 student Lauren Chambers’ school impact project was on reducing plastic waste.

Lauren approached Gisborne businesses and asked if they would allow customers to bring their own sustainable containers, cups, bottles or straws instead of using the plastic options.

If they said yes the business was added to her list for the beginning of a sustainable consumers guide.

Lauren said she called, wrote letters, and e-mailed businesses to ask if they would like to be on the list.

“I think a lot more businesses will eventually want to be on my list.

“I have always cared about the environment but didn’t know how much of an issue it was until I went to Wainui School.

“That’s where I learned all about plastic and about how much of an effect it was having on the environment.

“I have continued to do a lot of research on the effects of plastic and the different material options.

“Single use plastics aren’t necessary to our daily lives and are easily replaced with sustainable alternatives,” she said.

The United Nations single-use plastics road map says the world produces more than 400 million tons of plastics every year and 50 percent of all waste globally is plastic waste.

Frank and Albie’s co-owner David Whitfield said they were happy to be on Lauren’s list.

“We had been offering this option since 2005 because it just makes sense to us.

“We then don’t need to buy or waste the cup or container, and we give a discount to those that use reusable cups as an incentive to choose sustainable options.

“I think incentives help people to make better choices.

“Businesses can do this by changing their pricing structure to be more advantageous for their customers and their business,” he said.

Lauren has completed her assignment in school but will continue her anti-plastic campaign.

To have your business added to the list contact 027 574 4837.

— Frank and Albie’s — discount for customer containers

— Arigato Mum’s Sushi

— Dagwood’s Food Bar

— Charcoal Chicken

— KFC — drink containers are not an option in the drive-thru

— Carl’s Jr — drink containers are not an option in the drive-thru

— McDonald’s

— The Hangi Pit — food containers must be 500mls

— Yoko Sushi

— Burger King — drink containers are not an option in the drive-thru

— Burger Wisconsin

— China Palace.

Campion College Year 7 student Lauren Chambers’ school impact project was on reducing plastic waste.

Lauren approached Gisborne businesses and asked if they would allow customers to bring their own sustainable containers, cups, bottles or straws instead of using the plastic options.

If they said yes the business was added to her list for the beginning of a sustainable consumers guide.

Lauren said she called, wrote letters, and e-mailed businesses to ask if they would like to be on the list.

“I think a lot more businesses will eventually want to be on my list.

“I have always cared about the environment but didn’t know how much of an issue it was until I went to Wainui School.

“That’s where I learned all about plastic and about how much of an effect it was having on the environment.

“I have continued to do a lot of research on the effects of plastic and the different material options.

“Single use plastics aren’t necessary to our daily lives and are easily replaced with sustainable alternatives,” she said.

The United Nations single-use plastics road map says the world produces more than 400 million tons of plastics every year and 50 percent of all waste globally is plastic waste.

Frank and Albie’s co-owner David Whitfield said they were happy to be on Lauren’s list.

“We had been offering this option since 2005 because it just makes sense to us.

“We then don’t need to buy or waste the cup or container, and we give a discount to those that use reusable cups as an incentive to choose sustainable options.

“I think incentives help people to make better choices.

“Businesses can do this by changing their pricing structure to be more advantageous for their customers and their business,” he said.

Lauren has completed her assignment in school but will continue her anti-plastic campaign.

To have your business added to the list contact 027 574 4837.

— Frank and Albie’s — discount for customer containers

— Arigato Mum’s Sushi

— Dagwood’s Food Bar

— Charcoal Chicken

— KFC — drink containers are not an option in the drive-thru

— Carl’s Jr — drink containers are not an option in the drive-thru

— McDonald’s

— The Hangi Pit — food containers must be 500mls

— Yoko Sushi

— Burger King — drink containers are not an option in the drive-thru

— Burger Wisconsin

— China Palace.

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