Plastic Free July for Adventure Bay Charters

PLASTIC FREE JULY: Sarah Hayes at Adventure Bay Charters is encouraging people to get on board Plastic Free July which helps to keep plastic out of the ocean and create a safer environment for sea lions and other sealife.
PLASTIC FREE JULY: Sarah Hayes at Adventure Bay Charters is encouraging people to get on board Plastic Free July which helps to keep plastic out of the ocean and create a safer environment for sea lions and other sealife.

July is only days away which means waste initiative Plastic Free July is near and Port Lincoln business Adventure Bay Charters is getting on board. 

“It's a challenge, it’s not a competition, you can't fail Plastic Free July,” Adventure Bay Charters employee Sarah Hayes said.

Adventure Bay Charters was certified a Eco Friendly Tourism Company in 2007 and Ms Hayes said it provided the company a great platform to be able to educate people about contemporary issues like plastic waste.

“We wanted to use that platform to educate people about a really massive problem that is pretty evident in our workplace, with plastics in the ocean,” she said.

“So we wanted to take on the Plastic Free July to try and do it ourselves, and use our network and the face we have in the public to be able to promote it.”

In participating in the world-wide initiative that started in Australia, Adventure Bay Charters is looking to cut plastic when catering for food on tours.

“Our food is the biggest problem in the business because we have to buy a heap of it every week.”

It's a challenge, it’s not a competition, you can't fail Plastic Free July.

Sarah Hayes

In doing so the business will only use reusable bags when grocery shopping, choose a click and collect service that does not use plastic bags, buy bulk food, reduce plastic bin liner use and be sure to recycle the soft plastics it does use.

Ms Hayes said it was a hard process to initiate plastic free.

“But that’s the good thing about Plastic Free July, is it encourages a process.

“It can be tiny little changes that can make a huge difference.”

Marine wildlife is an important factor to the marine tour operator and Ms Hayes said the business had seen first-hand where some plastic ended up.

“In the past we've seen sea lions tangled in plastics, marine debris in general is a large issue but plastics are actually 90 per cent of that problem.”

She said plastic bags were one of the worst items affecting marine animals as they looked like jellyfish in the water. 

“So turtles are eating these thinking it’s food and then it gets into their guts and it messes with their intestines and get really sick because their whole digestive system is twisted up.”

To find out more about Plastic Free July head to www.plasticfreejuly.org/.