The Bulvanua Art & Handicraft Cooperative Society is planning a promotional meeting to attract new members ahead of its nationwide plan, to mobile women in the islands to weave baskets to replace plastic bags, which have become a national threat to the environment.

While the date and venue have yet to be confirmed, the President of BAHCS, Rosalie Vatu says this is an exciting time for its members, to mobilise rural women throughout the country to implement the call by the Prime Minister, by providing a safe, disposable alternative.

The call is vital to safeguard the natural beauty of the Port Vila and Luganville and all the islands throughout the archipelago.

The president of BAHCS is confident the meeting will see new members pay a membership fee of Vt5,000 each.

“This financial contribution would be processed through our network to motivate women to become producers of baskets to replace plastic bags,” she says.

If carried out, the initiative will also entice weavers to revive an ancient art by training their daughters to learn how to weave with the knowledge that the skill is going to create job opportunities in the villages.

 The Prime Minister announced the Government decision to ban plastic bags and bottles during his National Address at Independence Park on July 30.

The call is vital at a time when the Government’s Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project on the Seafront to Fatumaru Bay is already becoming popular among both locals and expatriates.

In the latest development Azure Pure Water is offering Vt5 for each well-kept Azure Pure Water plastic bottle for recycling.