Anyone walking down Shields St recently may have noticed an unusual shop front window display.

The enticing, glowing world of plastic on display at Community Foods is an art installation created by local artist Kevin Mayo as part of the Think Outside the Bag project.

The Think Outside the Bag project is being run by theCairns and Far North Environment Centre in partnership with Tangaroa Blue and the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group. The aim of the project is to reduce use and trial a phase out of plastic shopping bags.

As project manager Anna McGuire explains, “For a beautiful region like ours, going plastic bag free makes a lot of sense. Plastic shopping bags are convenient, but they also kill and injure marine life and contribute to our growing problem of waste disposal. In an area like ours which depends on a healthy and pristine natural environment to drive the tourism industry, reducing plastic pollution should be a priority.”

“Our main point is that plastic shopping bags are avoidable, with many cost-effective alternatives now available. We’re working with local artists in bothCairnsand Port Douglas to get this message across and to show that going plastic bag free can be easy and fun if we think about it creatively.”

Plastic bag campaign logo

The installation is on display at Community Foods, 74 Shields St, Cairns.

Find out more about the THINK OUTSIDE THE BAG project.

Many thanks to Crackerbox Palace for their assistance with this project.