In just over 12 months, the Boomerang Bags group in Thirroul has produced around 500 environmentally-friendly shopping bags!
The group uses donated and recycled fabrics (which would otherwise end up in landfill) to make shopping bags- so we don’t have to use single-use plastic bags.
The Boomerang Bags movement began in Queensland’s Burleigh Heads and has grown to over 800 communities around the world.
It’s about making bags and diverting waste, but it’s also about starting conversations, connecting with each other, fostering sustainable behaviour, and having fun!
Organiser Michele Elliott says it is fantastic to be part of a global community who share concerns for the future of our planet.
“We began with monthly sewing bee,” she says, “and began to look for a permanent home midway through last year, when CareWays Community (who run the Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre) invited us to be part of their community program.”
Boomerang Bags Thirroul now run weekly sewing bees every Friday at the Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre.
Boomerang Bags Thirroul accepts donations of clean cloth and fabric, sheets, doona covers and pillowcases, giving your pre-loved materials and new a home and new life!
Boomerang Bags Thirroul is looking for volunteers.
“The more hands, the more bags we can make and send out into the community,” says Michele. “Boomerang Bags Thirroul invites anyone who has some spare time to either sew bags at home or join us on Fridays to help make bags. You don’t need sewing experience, we will teach you!”
BOOMERANG BAGS THIRROUL meet every Friday, 11.00am – 3.00pm at
Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre, Black Diamond Room.
You can contact Boomerang Bags by calling Michele 0414 494 559 or Vesna 0404 626 651
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