CASINO couple Tony and Carol Tomek’s favourite bread is wholemeal and just by recycling the tags from the loaves they buy they will be helping provide wheelchairs for people who can’t afford to purchase them.
Ms Tomek said she had heard about someone collecting bread tags to help buy wheelchairs so she started saving them and then turned to the internet for help.
“I love being able to recycle where I can so I googled for some more information,” she said.
Ms Tomek’s search revealed a woman in South Africa named Mary Honeybun who has been collecting bread tags since 2006 and has so far provided 385 wheelchairs to those who need them.
Ms Honeybun sends more than 400kg of plastic bread tags to a recycling centre every six weeks.
“What she does is cleans and sorts all the tags and then delivers them to a polystyrene recycling plant,” Ms Tomek said.
The tags are then melted down to make picture frames, skirtings, cornices, seedling trays, coat hangers and much more.
The Rotary Wheelchair Foundation has helped Ms Honeybun source good-quality affordable wheelchairs with the proceeds.
“We don’t eat much bread, about two loaves a week, but there may be families out there who live on bread and want to do something with the tags,” Ms Tomek said.
“There would be plenty of community groups, schools and churches who use bread and for the cost of postage, are able to re-use and recycle the tags for a worthy cause.”
To recycle your bread tags, post them to Mary Honeybun, PO Box 215, Noordhoek, 7979, South Africa – or become a collecting point for your network to save on postage.