IN just over a week more than $30,000 has been pledged to help Timboon’s Schulz Organic Dairy shift away from using plastic milk bottles.
Since August 1 about 480 people have pledged more than $33,000 to the campaign, which would help the dairy purchase equipment needed to package more of their milk in returnable glass bottles.
Schulz Organic Dairy principal Simon Schulz said the response had been very humbling and showed there was a huge community sentiment to reduce the use of plastics. “It shows the direction our business is looking at is viable and valuable,” he said.
“There’s still a long way to go. There are a lot of other products we have using plastic.”
Mr Schulz encouraged consumers to ask other businesses what they’re doing to curb their environmental impact.
The business’s target of $48,000 would allow them to buy the equipment needed to produce 3000 bottles a week in glass, saving six tonnes of single-use plastic bottles from ever being used.
If the business raised $144,000 it could bottle 10,000 per week and reduce its use of plastic bottles by 20 tonnes per year.
The campaign runs on pozible.com until midnight, August 31.
Pozible CEO Alan Crabbe said on average, successful Pozible campaigns had 67 supporters.
“So for Schulz Milk In Glass to have over 400 supporters, not even a week in, was outstanding,” he said.