Positive purpose found for used bread tags


Sometimes big rewards can come from small things, Lindsey Schofield, of Wanaka, says.
An innocuous bread tag can help people disabled by an accident or a medical condition to get a wheelchair of their own.
‘‘The idea is simple — collect those pesky bits of plastic that go on bread and also potatoes and other vegetables,’’ Ms Schofield said.
The idea began in South Africa when retired nurse Mary Honeybun was looking for a way to help many people in her country who were unable to afford to buy their own wheelchair.
Because bread tags were made of ‘‘type six’’ high-impact polystyrene, they were able to be recycled into items such as seedling trays, picture frames and coat hangers.
Type six plastic was not at present being recycled in New Zealand but bread tags could be collected and delivered to South Africa, where they could be sold to a recycler and the proceeds spent buying wheelchairs, Ms Schofield said.
‘‘It’s a win-win, as it is making use of the plastic rather than going to landfill and it is going to a worthy cause.’’
The initiative appealed to Ms Schofield because it was helping a ‘‘grassroots’’ community-based organisation.
‘‘This is not a big worldwide charity, it is just one woman who was a nurse, and she just wanted to do some good.’’
The idea had caught on in other parts of New Zealand, and Ms Schofield was contacting community groups and cafes to establish collection points in Wanaka.
Bread tags could also be dropped off at Radio Wanaka.
Sheryll Hanning, of Clyde, was also collecting bread tags for people in the Alexandra, Cromwell and Clyde area.
Bread tags could be put in her letterbox at 120 Hazlett St, Clyde.
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