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Push for plastic-free Island

Clean up: Plastic Free Phillip Island and San Remo crew collected some 310kg of rubbish during the recent Clean Up Australia event on the Island.

WHILE the Phillip Island community showed how much it cared for local beaches and the marine environment for a recent Clean Up Australia event that saw some 135 volunteers collect some 310kg of rubbish in three hours an Island business is also working hard to be plastic free.

Cowes Blue Gum Garden Centre is one local business leading the charge to become plastic free with its Blue Gum Boomerang Bins set to revolutionise the garden supplies business and see it plastic free in around 12 months.

The brain child of employee Travis Hamilton who has been working at Blue Gum for five years now believes it just makes sense.

Travis came up with the idea a few months ago and  put his boomerang bucket idea to his boss John Sunderland and after discussion on how much plastic they use in the business  it was decided to give the bucket idea a go.

From that moment  there have already been some big changes implemented with stacks of buckets ordered, delivered and lined up ready for the big launch at the start of the school holidays on Saturday, April 6.

The boomerang bucket campaign will be rolled out with one free bucket per household on offer that will include fertiliser samples, stubbie holder and small plant among some of the free goodies.

Mr Sunderland embraced the idea of a swap and go style bucket and he can’t wait to see the end of the 7000 plus plastic bags they use annually, that end up in land fill.

“We should all look at cutting back on plastic,” Mr Sunderland said.

Travis agreed and said there is just too much plastic being used and would like to see a return to paper bags that can be recycled and he believes – look better.

He said eventually all our products will be able to be purchased via the bucket system.

“Customers can just bring in their empty bucket, fill it up and take it home.

“We want to do our bit for the environment and it just makes sense to be able to offer customers mulch, pebbles, screenings, toppings and all their garden supplies at a reduced cost and feel better that we are helping to make Phillip Island plastic free.”

Blue Gum sees it is a win, win for all and is marking the occasion with a $500 gift voucher for one lucky customer who collects their bin and  purchases Supernatural Grass from Bluegum between now and December 24, 2019. These customers will go in a draw to win a $500 credit to purchase anything at RRP from Bluegum by June 30, 2020.

For more information call Blue Gum Garden Supplies on 5952 3855 or call into 92 Dunsmore Rd, Cowes.

Boomerang bins: Travis Hamilton of the Blue Gum Garden Centre in Cowes is thrilled his idea to introduce new Boomerang recycle Buckets and to make the business plastic free has been embraced by owners John and Bev Sunderland.

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