A project is underway in the Northern Illawarra that will help us with our dependency on plastic bags.
Under the direction of Helensburgh’s Wendy Gergos, a group of local women is working hard to bring us Boomerang Bags- and they’re aiming to make 600 of them!
The idea has been introduced to regions right across the country and sees fabric bags made available at local shops, so people who forget their own re-usable shopping bags have an alternative to single-use plastic bags. You can use the Boomerang Bag then return it, or simply continue to use the fabric bag over and over again- so you no longer need to use single-use plastic shopping bags, which are proving to be a significant problem for the environment.
And Wendy says the local community has leaped at the idea.
“I became aware of Boomerang Bags about a year ago,” says Wendy, “and it seemed like the right thing to do so I made contact and started the ball rolling on Coal Coast Boomerang Bags. It’s a cookie-cutter idea,” she says. ” Boomerang Bags provides us with the bag patterns and the framework. Then we just put it all together using fabric that would otherwise be destined for landfill.”
“We’ve spent the last three months putting everything in place, which has actually been a breeze because everyone has been so supportive.The timing has been perfect. Especially with the ABC screening of ‘War on Waste’. Everyone seemingly wants to do better and this feels like the right thing to do. We already have several retailers on board who will have boxes of our bags available in their shops. ”
“We initially thought we would concentrate on 2508, but there are a load of eager-beavers in 2515 who want the bags available at shops near them too, so we could see them rolled out across the whole of the Northern Illawarra.
“In essence, this helps start a conversation,” Wendy says, “about the perils of plastic and why we need to stop using plastic shopping bags.
If you’d like to help with the Boomerang Bag project you can make contact HERE