Recycling Bread Tags to Fund Wheelchairs For People in Need

Calling all bread lovers! Whether you’re a wholemeal, seeded grain, gluten free, thick sliced, thin sliced, bun, roll or english muffin type of person, there’s something you all have in common. And we want it!

Hint: It’s these tiny, colourful pieces of poison… whoops, we mean plastic.

We know many of you avoid bread in plastic bags and choose paper or reusable bread bags instead.

But this is for the odd occasions; the “I forgot the bread and the bakery has already closed” supermarket dashes, where collecting one of these tags is inevitable. In those cases, we want you to hold onto them for us.

Why do we want them?

  1. Because they can’t be properly recycled and are ending up in landfill, causing harm to our native wildlife and wreaking havoc on the marine environment.

  2. Because a charity called Bread Tags For Wheelchairs is reusing them for wonderful things!


Introducing Bread Tags For Wheelchairs

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs is a community program where individuals and organisations collect bread tags to be sold to plastics recycling companies (Australia’s company of choice is Transmutation, located in South Australia). There, the bread tags are repurposed into a range of products such as seedling trays, picture frames, door knobs, coat hangers and more. That’s not all though – the money earned from selling the tags is used to buy wheelchairs for people who can’t afford them (purchased through local pharmacies). How’s that for a circular economy?

Our Plastic Free Phillip Island and San Remo team has jumped onboard this positive initiative - and we’re asking the rest of the community to as well. All you need to do is hold onto your tags and, every now and again, take them to one of the below drop-off points. Easy as!


Central collection point on Phillip Island:

  • Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre (56-58 Church Street, Cowes)

For more information & collection points around Victoria, please visit their website: http://www.breadtagsforwheelchairs.co.za/collections.html or contact Sophie at sophierenee94@gmail.com.