When you think of Noosa, you think pristine sands, crystal clear water and beautiful national parks. We have our community to thank for that, with Noosa leading the charge to be Australia’s first plastic free community. It’s up to our locals, business owners and holidaymakers alike to protect our pristine environment. How can we all help? Keep reading to find out what we can do to drive a plastic free Noosa.
What is Plastic Free Noosa?
The Plastic Free Noosa program is an initiative of Tourism Noosa and Noosa Council. Its focus is set on working hands on with the local community, businesses, and holidaymakers to reduce its reliance on single-use plastic. In addition to this, Noosa has also made a Zero Emissions pledge with many businesses choosing to offset carbon emissions, including our two biggest breweries.
Why is it important in Noosa?
Why is it important to make the region Plastic Free? We are glad you asked! Tourism is the largest economic provider to the town of Noosa. With a population of 54,000, this can surge to around 84,000 during peak times. This is more incentive to protect the relaxing and beautiful Noosa that visitors and locals know so well. Supported efforts from the community and organisations like Plastic Free Noosa are ever so important to ensure that the impact from additional population/visitors is not an issue for our beaches, waterways, and ocean.
- Noosa currently has 179 business members apart of the Plastic Free Initiative
- 11,807,2020 pieces of plastic eliminated so far.
- Since 2018, the organisation has eliminated 4.5 million pieces of plastic in Noosa
Plastic Free July 2023
This Plastic Free July, be part of the global movement that helps people like you be part of the solution to plastic pollution. In fact, Plastic Free Noosa have made it easier for you to be part of the solution all year round!
What plastics are we eliminating?
- Water bottles
- Coffee cups and lids
- Plastic straws
- Plastic Bags
- Food ware (cutlery)
- Takeaway Containers
How can you help?
- Bring your own reusable coffee cup to your next coffee shop visit.
- Hosting a celebration or party, forget the balloons.
- Invest in some reusable shopping bags for your weekly grocery shop.
- Supporting local businesses who have joined the program to eliminate single use plastic.
Local Businesses That are Helping
Are you planning your next holiday to Noosa, why not support these local businesses doing Plastic Free and Zero Emissions initiatives? To get you sorted we’ve listed our 6 must-visit businesses in making our region a more sustainable place!
Looking for some reusable essentials?
Our friends and locals at the Pottery for the Planet are stocking some seriously aesthetic travels cups and travel bowls to help you eliminate single use plastic in Noosa.
How is Accommodation in Noosa helping?
With a strong focus on sustainability at Accommodation in Noosa, we have initiated a refillable toiletries programme, and offer complimentary organic, biodegradable and compostable products throughout our holiday homes and apartments. We have also encouraged and promoted a plastic free office in our Noosa office.