18 July 2018
OPAIC’s latest Plastic Free July initiative offers staff and students the chance to support a good cause while protecting the environment.
English lecturer Wendy Rydings has been working with others from the Devonport Community Centre to make reusable fabric bags, or Sustainabags.
Wendy says each bag costs $10 and the money goes to community and sustainability causes and cancer research.
The initiative is about supporting people, supporting the environment and raising awareness of the environmental costs of single-use plastics.
Her group has already provided Sustainable Coastlines and the Breast Cancer Foundation with a number of bags for sale. Now she wants OPAIC to get involved in the initiative.
The bags will be available at reception for staff and students to purchase. All proceeds will go to Sustainable Coastlines.
Reception staff will only take cash payments for the bags and will keep a record of how many are sold.
The Sustainabags are just the latest initiative in OPAIC’s effort to become free of single use plastics.
Staff and students have signed up to be part of the OPAIC Plastic Free July Challenge.
ICT and Facilities manager Sonny Teio says the challenge offers the opportunity to reduce landfill waste and your eco-footprint.
It's about changing small habits to make a large impact on our environment, says Sonny.
Thousands of Kiwis have taken up the challenge to consider alternatives to single-use plastic bags, coffee cups, drink bottles and cutlery.
The school has also installed soft plastic stations on every floor as one of its small changes for Plastic Free July.
At the end of the week soft plastic are transferred to the nearest Love NZ Soft Plastics Recycling Bin on Elliot Street.