Mount Barney duo to go plastic free in July

NO PLASTIC: Mount Barney Lodge outdoor leader and groundsman Kaine Smith is joining the push for a plstic-free month. Photo: Supplied
NO PLASTIC: Mount Barney Lodge outdoor leader and groundsman Kaine Smith is joining the push for a plstic-free month. Photo: Supplied

MOUNT Barney Lodge’s Tracey and Innes Larkin will take part in the Plastic Free July challenge to raise awareness of the problems with disposable plastic and to encourage people to change their habits.

To help their guests and the community to join the challenge, the lodge has created a reduce plastic checklist to help people swap their plastic products for alternative options.

Some examples include ditching plastic bags for cardboard boxes and reusable bags, use water bottles, buy a bamboo toothbrush, use paper bags, try to make a pot of homemade toothpaste.

Mount Barney Lodge co-owner Tracey Larkin said she wanted people to be aware they could be environmentally friendly in so many ways.

“We want to educate people through information sheets and our newsletter of ways they can help the planet whether it be finding alternatives for some cleaning products, food packaging or toiletries,” she said.

“When we recycle each week we have noticed there are plenty of containers and plastic bottles being dumped that people are bringing from supermarkets and they’re often only half used.

Ms Larkin said due to the amount of unnecessary plastic waste being seen, they were focusing on what they could to to minimise the issue on the mountain.

“We will be providing a free water container for guests to bring their own bottles to refill for the month,” she said.

“Plastic takes years to break down and it’s unnecessary to use when we have other options.

“People are so reliant on plastic water bottles and we are doing our best to try to stop that process.”

Ms Larkin urged the rest of the Scenic Rim community to go plastic-free during July.

To register for the 2018 Plastic Free July challenge visit their website.