Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs
About Bread Tags for Wheelchairs
Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs is an Australian / South African non-for-profit founded in South Africa by Mary Honeybun in 2006. Mary’s passion for the environment and helping others in combination with her ambition drove the foundations of the small organisation.
With the support Mary received Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs has today aided over 800 people in South Africa, enabling them to gain access to a wheelchair providing them with greater freedom and a higher quality of life. Alongside this there are now over 500 collection points Australia wide and over 250kgs of bread tags are being recycled every month keeping harmful plastics out of the environment.
The Diamond Creek Rotary Tram Cafe is registered as an official collection point for Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs.
Here are links to an ABC 7.30 Report for a glimpse of how the Transmutation business became involved.
Following a Zoom meeting on April 16, when members of the Rotaract Club of Adelaide University, SA, were joined by Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs founder Jenny Cooper, the club set itself the ambitious goal of collecting 200kg of used bread tags over four months.
To put that into perspective, one standard loaf bread bag holds around 2kg of tags, so they estimated they will need to collect five to six plastic garbage bags of tags to reach their target.
The tags are then sold to thermoplastic recycling company Transmutation, based in the small fishing village of Robe, SA which makes and sells home wares made from the tags. Funds raised from the sale of tags will allow the club to buy a wheelchair for a disabled child in South Africa.
Bread Tags for Wheelchairs has been recycling bread tags in South Africa since 2006, collecting around 500kg each month. Many wheelchairs have been distributed around the country, with the added bonus of keeping tags out of landfill.
Collection in Australia began in September 2018 and there are now more than 350 collection points across the country.
The Rotaract Club of Adelaide University is setting up an impressive network of partners to achieve its target, including university food outlets, school canteens and boarding house, aged care facilities, cafes and lunch providers, all of which consume multiple loaves of bread a day.
Even Rotary Bunnings sausage sizzles use 40-50 loaves a day. The club is also setting up collection points at some of these businesses for customers to donate their tags as well.
The Rotaract Club of Brisbane River City is also supporting Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs.
For more information: https://ozbreadtagsforwheelchairs.org.au/