Keeping Paradise Plastic Free

In the beautiful tropical region of Far North QLD, a working group has recently formed with the aim to reduce the use of disposable plastics within the Douglas Shire. Being surrounded by 2 world heritage areas, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, community members felt there needed to be a greater push in the local area to minimise human impacts on our unique and valuable natural ecosystems.

Representatives from local community groups, the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group and Tangaroa Blue Foundation, partnered with the local branch of Bendigo Bank and the Douglas Shire Council, to start a campaign to reduce the use of disposable plastic bags within the Douglas Shire.

With a view to engage the community at the grass roots level, the group currently plans to educate people on the environmental, economical and health benefits of reducing disposable plastics, while also working on breaking down the barriers that stop people from making environmentally friendly choices.

To find out how to become part of the plastic free movement in the Douglas area, contact the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group at

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