Plastic off the markets menu this July
SHOPPERS are being encouraged to bring their own carry bags, produce bags, bottles and jars to the Mullumbimby and New Brighton Farmers Markets this month to support Plastic Free July.
The nationwide campaign to eliminate single-use disposable plastic has been embraced by market stallholders, who are offering refills for customers who bring their own containers or bottles, only providing bags on request, and using compostable cups and packaging.
The market also has reusable hessian tote bags available for purchase at market stalls and at the manager’s tent.
Market manager Allie Godfrey said there were already some great initiatives in place to reduce plastic, such as reusable cutlery and crockery at breakfast stalls and reusable coffee mugs and a mug wash station at Mullumbimby and plans for another at New Brighton.
Stallholders such as Grumpy Grandma Olives and Nudgel Nuts offer refill services for customers who bring their own container and bottles, and this month Spice Palace and Baraka Foods will also offer refill services for customers who want to reuse containers.
As part of its ongoing efforts to further reduce single use disposable plastic, the market is asking customers to bring their own produce bags (there are mesh-style bags available online) or to reuse their old plastic produce bags for fruit and vegetables that require their own bag, such as loose salad greens.
The markets have also recently published a handy guide on their websites called How to Store Produce Without Plastic Bags, which gives some great tips on maximising the life of fresh produce without using plastic bags for storage.