Free reusable bags now an option at foodmarket

A Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti initiative.

A Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti initiative.

Shopping with style (and a conscience). Flag the bag group member Jo Shand and Kaiti Four Square owner Mark Troup-Paul with the new borrow and return hessian bag sytem that shoppers can choose to use. Picture by Liam Clayton

A free, reusable shopping bag bin has been installed for customers in the Kaiti Four Square store.

Flag the bag, a Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti initiative, operates on a return system, where shoppers can choose to grab a reusable hessian bag if they have forgotten their own, or in place of a plastic one.

Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti member Jo Shand said the important thing was more reusable bags would find their way into the community.

“We are hoping the bin will be used on a borrow and return system, however, we are realistic this may not always be possible.

“If people can return bags they have borrowed, then that is great. But the more reusable hessian bags going into our community the better, so we will be working hard to keep it stocked.”

Kaiti Four Square owner and operator Mark Troup-Paul said they had been involved with the Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti initiative for some time and had offered their customers hessian bags as an option.

“This is a natural progression to allow choice for customers that will benefit the environment.

“We live in a stunning part of the world. As a business in the heart of the community, we believe we have a role to play in ensuring our customers have the ability to choose a sustainable option”.

Monthly sewing bee to make reusable bags

Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti aims to keep the bag bin well stocked and is beginning a monthly sewing bee to make reusable bags.

“We encourage anyone interested to get in touch via our Facebook page and come along to help make new bags. People with spare reusable bags floating around at home or in the boot of their car can also just drop them in, which is a huge help.”

The sewing events will be on the last Tuesday of each month. The first is on March 27 at Tairawhiti Environment Centre.

Two more bins are in the planning stages. They are made possible with the generous support of Bunnings Gisborne, Tumu ITM and Resene Gisborne.

A free, reusable shopping bag bin has been installed for customers in the Kaiti Four Square store.

Flag the bag, a Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti initiative, operates on a return system, where shoppers can choose to grab a reusable hessian bag if they have forgotten their own, or in place of a plastic one.

Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti member Jo Shand said the important thing was more reusable bags would find their way into the community.

“We are hoping the bin will be used on a borrow and return system, however, we are realistic this may not always be possible.

“If people can return bags they have borrowed, then that is great. But the more reusable hessian bags going into our community the better, so we will be working hard to keep it stocked.”

Kaiti Four Square owner and operator Mark Troup-Paul said they had been involved with the Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti initiative for some time and had offered their customers hessian bags as an option.

“This is a natural progression to allow choice for customers that will benefit the environment.

“We live in a stunning part of the world. As a business in the heart of the community, we believe we have a role to play in ensuring our customers have the ability to choose a sustainable option”.

Monthly sewing bee to make reusable bags

Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti aims to keep the bag bin well stocked and is beginning a monthly sewing bee to make reusable bags.

“We encourage anyone interested to get in touch via our Facebook page and come along to help make new bags. People with spare reusable bags floating around at home or in the boot of their car can also just drop them in, which is a huge help.”

The sewing events will be on the last Tuesday of each month. The first is on March 27 at Tairawhiti Environment Centre.

Two more bins are in the planning stages. They are made possible with the generous support of Bunnings Gisborne, Tumu ITM and Resene Gisborne.

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