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Bag habits changing in Samford


Samford Valley, just outside Brisbane in Australia, has decided to ‘change its bag habits’ by providing free compostable shopping bags for a while.  At the launch are people from the Drakes IGA Supermarket, Council , Chamber of Commerce, Climate Action Network  and Samford Green Street .


The fully compostable green bags last 2 years normally or 45 days if sent to the vege  garden. Excess bags from households are being reused through a “Community Bag Box” sharing scheme.  The bags look like jute but are made of paper…. yes, paper! Go to www.earthbagsaustralia.com.au


Every customer is provided with a BYO door hanger as a reminder before leaving home.  Or it could go on the car mirror! After a month of ‘changing our bag habits’ the supermarket will charge 10cents if any plastic bags need to be used.  So far, habits are changing.


The local Dentist, Ed Tucker, with his wife Louise playing a big role, printed and donated hundreds of cotton bags especially for the project.  Lila Parry (left) and Howard Nielsen (right) congratulate Ed on his generous act.


The project includes having re-usable bag deposits at bag-using  retailers in Samford village. These ‘community bag boxes’  allow a convenient drop-off zone for those whose cupboards are overflowing with re-usable bags and a handy pick-up zone for times when people simply forget  their own bag.  Badgs promoting the change have been made available to all the retailers.


Channel Nine News on 2 July caught the spirit of the Samford Bags project amidst some controversy over the possibility of plastic bags being banned by government in Queensland.

To view the full report ‘QLD Shoppers Cutting Back on Bags’ click here


Queensland Conservation Council welcomes the “Changing our Bag Habits” program in addition to its “Plastic Bag Free Queensland” campaign, advocating a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. For more  go to www.qccqld.org.au/PlasticBagFreeQueensla­nd

Recommended Videos

The Majestic Plastic Bag - A Mockumentary

Recommended Links

The Natural Step
Provides details on the internationally accepted system conditions which frame sustainable decisions at home, work or in the community. Training in Australia available at NACC, contact [email protected]

Transition Towns
International network of communities taking action to be more sustainable. Plenty of access to practical information on communities and organisations, including in Queensland.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of international companies united by a shared commitment to sustainable development.


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