GIVING IT AWAY: Kerry Hines, shoppers Keith and June Ray and Chris Hines of Unreal Estate.
GIVING IT AWAY: Kerry Hines, shoppers Keith and June Ray and Chris Hines of Unreal Estate. Trevor Veale

Locals bag a freebie

THEY may not have been hot pink but they were certainly the hottest ticket at Toormina Gardens this week.

Chris and Kerry Hines, the dynamic duo behind Unreal Estate, took a short break from selling houses to give away reusable bags to local shoppers.

"There has been such a hullabaloo around plastic versus reusable bags lately that we decided to have a whole lot of reusable bags printed up and hand them our for free,” Chris said.

"Me and Kerry have been using our own shopping bags for ages, it's so easy once you get in the habit and of course the benefit to the environment far outweighs any objections.”

Tempting as it was for Chris and Kerry to have the bags made up in their signature Unreal Estate hot pink, they opted for a discreet black material bag.

"We want everyone to be able to make the transition quickly and painlessly so we thought the hot pink might be a step too far for some.

"Giving back to the community is part of our philosophy at Unreal Estate and being able to combine that with looking after the environment, something we are very passionate about, made it a win-win.”

In the space of just one hour, Chris and Kerry handed out more than 500 bags and were busy unpacking more cartons of bags to give away.

"Once people realised we were giving away these practical reusable shopping bags for free they were thrilled.

"Many shoppers expressed concerns about plastic in the environment and that we should all do our part.”

After the success of their first "operation bag give-away”, Chris and Kerry said they may just pop up in the shopping centre some time again soon with more bags to give to shoppers.



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