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Are you ready to become a Plastic Free Champion?

It is time to Make the Switch. Byron Shire his leading the charge and is encouraging businesses to become plastic free with Plastic Free Byron leading the campaign to reduce single-use plastics in the Shire.

Currently, Plastic Free Byron are working within the food, markets and events sectors, to reduce six key items that are commonly found in the litter stream,’ said campaign co-ordinator Coral Latella.

Plastic water bottles, straws, coffee cups and lids, takeaway containers, foodware (cutlery, cups, plates) and plastic bags are all being targeted for removal.

‘All of these items have readily available reusable or compostable alternatives, our job is to work with businesses to show them what the alternatives are and how they can get them’.

In collaboration with Plastic Free Byron’s 31 Actions in 31 Days initiative for Plastic Free July, Make the Switch encourages individuals and businesses within the Byron community to take action against single use plastics and sign up to the program today.

Bayleaf café in Byron has already become a Plastic Free Champion. Photo supplied.

Plastic Free Champion

Bayleaf café in Byron has already jumped on board and has been crowned a Plastic Free Champion for their actions. Manager Jesse Hamilton says ‘These guys make it super easy to become aware of the plastic free alternatives that are available, and it’s great to know the environment is better off from making these simple choices’.

When a business becomes a champion they receive a unique sign that identifies them and a Champion listing on the website.

‘This system allows consumers to identify those businesses and choose to support them,’ said Coral.

‘People can make a real difference by choosing to support these businesses and letting them know what a great job they’re doing.’

The Make the Switch campaign was initiated by The Boomerang Alliance as the next step in achieving change away from plastic pollution, and is partnered with Byron Shire Council and many other local organisations, including Plastic Free Byron, Positive Change for Marine Life and North East Waste. Any business is able to join. To find out more or to join, head to the website.


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