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Fire destroys Umina Mall
Panel signals nursing home approval in rare bushland
Community garden seeks help after fire
Woman airlifted from walking track
Aboriginal basket-making at Pearl Beach
Association to speak against fence
Fledgling kookaburra 'reunited' with its parents
Rotary club farewells exchange student
Bill Cook receives Australia Day honour
David Thompson awarded for services to lifesaving
Political candidate leads under-water clean-up
Panel listens to nursing home developer and objectors
Peninsula planning is 'sorely tested', says ACF branch
Association wants local planning provisions
Businesses affected by Umina Mall fire
Umina Mall site could have bright future, says Mehrtens
Rotary club to celebrate 44 years
Homeless care packs target exceeded
Fire brigade receives $6000 grant
James Browne Oval to get upgrade
Beach groups seeks more Peninsula residents
CWA members 'deconstruct' wedding gowns
Police investigate restaurant hold-up
Donations for Mary Mac's Place
Rotary club elects new president
Council accepts grant applications
Nominations open for Rotary awards
Trivia night for Friends fans
Woy Woy confectionary features in tourism campaign
Newly-weds start new anti-waste business
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Mayor should convene meetings about development
Non-complying approvals change planning controls
West St development of concern
Use smaller buses on Killcare peninsula
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Man taken to hospital with multiple wasp stings
Daughter gives a special kind of support
Surgeon encourages women to stop drinking alcohol
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Dancing by the Water attracts 20 dancers
Rotary club holds 14th Opera in the Arboretum
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Hoping to bring samurai arts to life
Mentoring program offered to Year 6 boys
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Ocean Beach comes ninth in junior carnival
Jemma in top 10 kayak placings
State bowls team to play at Ettalong
First charity bowls for the year
Hundreds expected for children's events

Newly-weds start new anti-waste business

An environmentally-conscious newly-wed Ettalong couple have launched a new online business to help spread the zero plastic waste movement on the Peninsula.

Mr and Mrs Tim and Ness Heffernan, launched their re-usable plastic alternative business, Untrashy in November 2018 as their own way to combat plastic pollution.

The Ettalong couple have always had one foot in humanitarian issues and the other in the ocean.

After a waterfront wedding at Hardys Bay and a rowdy ferry ride back to Ettalong Beach Hotel, the pair embarked on a six month honeymoon around Europe.

During their travels, the couple was shocked to see the sheer amount of plastic waste.

Inspired to make change, upon their return to Ettalong, they decided to launch Untrashy.

"Tim has a background as an aid worker and we've always been big beach people and our trip really was the push we needed to start the business," Mrs Heffernan said.

Two months on and Untrashy is thriving, with businesses across the Peninsula stocking their range of re-usable steel and glass straws, silicone wine glasses, biodegradable tote bags and bamboo cutlery.

Mrs Heffernan said the support the Peninsula community had given Untrashy over the past two months had been strong.

"The response from the community has been amazing.

"Our vision is for a future that is Untrashy and we've got products stocked at businesses across the Peninsula and the wider Central Coast" Mrs Heffernan said.

Indeed, Untrashy already has products stocked in bars, restaurants and other businesses in every state and territory in the country.

They also recently completed their first ever international product orders, with their wares going out to the UK and Canada.

Untrashy has also been invited to supply the Sydney Doesn't Suck zero-waste packs at the Carriageworks Summer Night Markets in February run by chef Kylie Kwong.

According to Mrs Heffernan, at its heart, Untrashy is about empowering people to make more sustainable choices in the war on single-use plastics.

"The issue with single-use plastic is that it all adds up," Mrs Heffernan said.

"Australians use 10 million plastic straws a day.

"That alone is 3.5 billion single use plastics going into waste per year and we want to see that change.

"They say by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

"That's crazy. We don't want to see that happen," Mrs Heffernan said.

"Sometimes making a change can really be as simple as using a re-usable straw.

"For a lot of people making that first choice to not use single use plastics plants the seed.

"For us that's the bigger picture.

"It's not really about straws or single use coffee cups, it's about the snowball effect a single decision can have on someone's whole outlook towards plastic waste.

"It really is about making the choice to be aware," Mrs Heffernan said.

"We're small now but we're doing big things.

"We've got big aspirations and we want to help as many Australians as we can become plastic free," Mrs Heffernan said.

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