Waste-free warriors united at Parap Village Markets on Saturday to create a crowd of BYO legends. With unnecessary plastic found in abundance at markets across Darwin, the community-led Waste Free NT team are on a mission to encourage market go-ers to bring their own containers, cutlery, cup and carry bag.
“It’s incredibly easy to cut down on single-use plastic at the markets.”, says Shar Molloy, Director of Environment Centre NT, “Keep a market bag in the boot of your car, filled with all your reusable goodies”. Some have opted to make use of camping crockery, containers from the kitchen, or sustainable purchases from local retailers. “To help people get started, we’ve supplied forks and spoons that the public can borrow. They bring them back and we wash them up.”
The community has already started making pledges with the Waste Free NT team; “I remembered my cup and bowl, next time the bag”, “We pledge to encourage our friends to BYO containers”, “We pledge to BYO smoothie cup”.
As the stallholders, “they’ve been very supportive of this initiative; welcoming the use of reusable containers.”
Waste Free NT is a community-led group of Environment Centre NT. You can find them at Parap Markets again next Saturday, 9 December from 8.00am onwards, giving tips and inspiration of alternatives to single use plastic. Follow Waste Free NT on Facebook for more.
Pictured: BYO container crowd showing what can be achieved, 2 December 2017.
Pictured: Plastic-free pledges from the community.