Free coffee for reusable shopping bags in Panmure and Glen Innes

O'Love Uluave, left, and Folola Finau from Multi Education Support Services Trust show their  support for reusable ...
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O'Love Uluave, left, and Folola Finau from Multi Education Support Services Trust show their support for reusable shopping bags.

 An Auckland community has launched a campaign designed to reduce plastic bag consumption amongst shoppers.

The No Plastic Bag campaign launched on Monday encouraging people in Panmure and Glen Innes to reduce their plastic bag usage.

The year long initiative by Tamaki WRAP lets shoppers earn a free hot drink every 10 times they use a reusable bag instead of a plastic bag.

Tamaki WRAP is a community group which works with other groups and the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local board to offer assistance on grass roots education and support.

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Salvation Army Op Shop Glen Innes and Panmure, Dove Hospice Op Shop Panmure and SPCA Op Shop Glen Innes have rallied behind their campaign and will reward anyone using their own reusable bag with a stamp.

Once shoppers earn 10 stamps they are eligible for a free dine in hot beverage from Bridge It Cafe Panmure, 133 Queens Cafe Panmure and Tri-Fusion Cage Glen Innes.

Tamaki WRAP's Candace Weir said plastic bags posed danger to the wildlife in green spaces and waterways like Omaru creek and Tamaki River.

"They then break down into micro-plastic that can make its way into the food system.

"Not to mention the incredible amount of resources used to create a bag that we only use for around 20 minutes then discard."

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Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local board chairwoman Josephine Bartley praised the initiative and hoped the campaign extended to other areas in the local board.

 - Stuff

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