Mt Barney Blog

Earth Day

Sunday, April 15, 2018

6.9 billion plastic bags are used every year in Australia. 

Tied together, it’s enough to circle the world 42.5 times.

April 22nd is Earth Day and a campaign to end plastic pollution is this year’s focus. The exponential growth of the world’s plastic usage is threatening the longevity and survival of the planet. This plastic usage is causing great harm to the environment in the form of air, water and land pollution due to the toxic pollutants the material is made from.

Only nine per cent of the 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste produced since the 1950s has been recycled. Everything else has been dumped in landfills or in the natural environment. If we continue our current plastic usage habits, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the world’s waters than fish.

Here at Mt Barney Lodge, we encourage guests to bring as little single-use plastic onto site as possible. Following the recent construction of our large composting bay, we are now also handing out plastic-free composting bags for guest to dispose of green waste. As an eco-tourism centre, we have a strong passion for environmental conservation and have included some tips below about how to reduce your plastic usage in honour of Earth Day this year.

Ten tips to reduce plastic usage

  • 1.Use reusable shopping bags. A single plastic bag takes 1000 years to break down.
  • 2.Make fresh squeezed juices rather than buying juice in plastic bottles.
  • 3.Use a reusable coffee cup/mug- a lot of cafes will even give you a small discount for making the small effort!
  • 4.Stop drinking from plastic straws. If using a straw is a must, you can buy reusable stainless steel or glass straws from supermarkets.
  • 5.Give up bottled water and use a stainless steel bottle- it will even save you money in the long run! Please do not bring this item onto the property at all – as on Earth Day we are alsolaunching our “Take a holiday from plastic water bottles” campaign to encourage all of our onsite guests to leave this waste item at home.
  • 6.Give up chewing gum- it is made from plastic!
  • 7.Shop at your local farmers markets. Bring your own box or bag to carry the fresh, local produce in.
  • 8.Clean with vinegar and water- use 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water as an all-purpose spray cleaner.
  • 9.Buy your meat from the deli and have it wrapped in paper, or take a reusable box.
  • 10.Compost your green waste.

Mt Barney Lodge is the perfect holiday destination for environmentally-conscious people. If a responsible weekend away appeals to you, book into Mt Barney Lodge for a holiday with a small environmental footprint.

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