Push to ban non-composting bags on Kangaroo Island

BAG BAN: KI mayor Peter Clements brought along one of the BioBags to show Eco-Action Kangaroo Island group members Tony Geyer, Venetia Bolwell, Bob Huxtable, Jack Dunstan, Jenny Grinter and Pip Masters.

BAG BAN: KI mayor Peter Clements brought along one of the BioBags to show Eco-Action Kangaroo Island group members Tony Geyer, Venetia Bolwell, Bob Huxtable, Jack Dunstan, Jenny Grinter and Pip Masters.

There is a renewed push to ban non-composting plastic bags on Kangaroo Island.

Initiating the latest campaign is BioBag - an Adelaide based brand of compostable bags.

Company director Scott Morton wants Kangaroo Island to go plastic bag free and has been contacting local community leaders to see if they will support the use of BioBags on the Island, instead of traditional plastic carry bags. 

“Our aim is to create a movement towards a plastic free Kangaroo Island,” Mr Morrison said.

“This challenge could be broken down into practical phases like replacing plastic shopping bags with compostable 'Go Green’ carry bags and compostable produce bags in local supermarkets.

“These are made from totally renewable, organic materials, which break down within about five weeks in a composting environment. 

"The ‘Go Green' bags are new to Australia from Europe where the technology is being developed constantly to improve their look, feel and strength. The new carry bag is stronger than traditional compostable bags and able to hold two containers of milk. They are soon to be produced in a factory in Adelaide by BioBag.

"Ideally we would like your two local supermarkets, Drakes and IGA, to stock compostable BioBags instead of the polyethylene bags they offer locals as carry bags and fruit/vegetable produce bags, as a whole of supermarket solution.

“The bags can be reused at home to line compost caddies and put into the compost with other organic matter, which is the best end of life option for any bag because it reduces greenhouse gas emissions and sequesters carbon back into the earth.

"Support from the Kangaroo Island community would encourage the supermarkets to choose compostable instead of plastic.

“We believe if we can garner enough community support we could make some meaningful changes to preserve your local environment and position the Island as a leader in sustainable communities. Not to mention saving ratepayers and council large amounts of money transporting waste from the Island.”

Bob Huxtable from the Eco-Action Kangaroo Island group and his members are already supportive of the concept and he is discussing the idea of removing plastic bags from the island with mayor Peter Clements and councillor Pip Masters.

And KICE school’s sustainability committee coordinator is looking at a Plastic Free KI campaign in Term 2. The school has just received some BioBags to experiment with in their compost bin.

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