Reuse to keep Noosa beautiful this Christmas

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Each year, Australians spend more than $500 million on bottled water and with temperatures set to soar over the Christmas holidays, more and more people will be reaching for plastic bottles of water to quench their thirst.
Sadly, the majority of these plastic bottles will end up in landfill or polluting our waterways, with only a small percentage being recycled.
To generate awareness about this serious environmental issue and to help keep waterways in the Noosa region cleaner, Noosa Civic shopping centre will again be raising money and awareness for the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) this Christmas period.
Centre Manager Monica Lord said that this year, Noosa Civic shopping centre’s annual #KeepNoosaBeautiful campaign will focus on replacing disposable plastic water bottles with a more sustainable, reusable bottle to help protect the local environment.
“Each year, 370 million plastic water bottles end up in landfill in Australia, with hundreds of thousands more ending up in our waterways, so we wanted to raise awareness and raise funds to help address the devastating impact this has on our natural environment,” Ms Lord said.
“From 3 December shoppers will be able to purchase a reusable drink bottle valued at $29.99 for just $5 when they visit NICA’s Christmas pop-up booth within the centre, with all funds raised supporting the clean-up of Noosa’s waterways.”
“The bottles feature beautiful artwork from local artist Cass Deller and there are limited numbers of the 500ml bottles so we urge people to get in early to show their support.”
“We also currently have a magnificent Pelican Tree installation in the centre and each time someone uploads a photo of the tree to Instagram and uses the #KeepNoosaBeautiful hashtag, we will donate $1 to NICA.”
“The Pelican Tree is an impressive seven metres tall statue featuring nearly 600 individually sculpted and hand painted pelicans and is quite a sight to see. It serves as a good reminder of these magnificent birds that are so heavily impacted by litter in our waterways.”
NICA Chair Bruce Hallett said the organisation was thrilled to be getting behind such a positive environmental initiative and raising awareness of the dangers plastic drink bottles pose to the natural environment.
“Every year our staff and volunteers pull hundreds of plastic water bottles from our waterways as part of our River Ranger program,” Mr Hallett said.
“These bottles are not only an eyesore to our beautiful environment but have a significant impact on the health of the waterway.”
“The #KeepNoosaBeautiful campaign is a great reminder for people to reduce their use of plastic drinking bottles. In a first-world country where we are able to drink the tap-water, carrying one of these beautiful water bottles should be something to be proud of and we congratulate those who make the effort to do so.”
Noosa Civic Shopping makes living your best life easy this Christmas and comprises a Woolworths Supermarket, Big W discount department store and 83 speciality retailers. Visit noosacivicshopping.com.au for all your Christmas information, search for us on Facebook, or contact Centre Management on 5440 7900.

To find out more about the #KeepNoosaBeautiful campaign, please visit www.noosacivicshopping.com.au.

Fast facts
• Australians spend $500 million on bottle water each year.1
• An estimated 370 million plastic water bottles end up in landfill in Australia each year.2
• Discarded plastic drink bottles account for 38% of Australia’s total rubbish volume.2
• Plastic drink bottles can take up to 1,000 years to break down.3
• It can take up to 3 litres of water and 250ml of oil to produce 1 litre of bottled water.3
• 1 in 10 items found on Clean Up Australia Day is related to plastic drinking bottles.3
• 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gasses are used in the manufacture and transport of bottled water in Australia each year.3
• 5.3 million people, or 27.1% of the Australian population, drink bottled water in any given week4

Noosa Civic Holiday Workshops
WHAT: During the school holidays, Noosa Civic Shopping Centre will be holding workshops for children and adults with The Botanical Collective.
Customers will be invited to create their own wreath or botanical clay creation.
Participation is free but donation of a non-perishable food item is requested for The Little Community Pantry.
WHEN: Sunday 25th November, Sunday 2nd, 9th and 16th December.
Children’s Workshops 11am – 12.30pm
Adult’s Workshops 1pm – 2.30pm
WHERE: Next to Woolworths, Noosa Civic Shopping Centre, 28 Eenie Creek Road, Noosaville
BOOKINGS: Bookings are essential and can be made at www.noosacivic.com.au