How do you stop using plastic supermarket bags?
By getting together with a group of focused, energised women and sewing recycled material bags to use for those trips to fill them with food.
There is nothing new about the drive to stop the public from using plastic supermarket bags. What is terrific about this organisation is that;
Boomerang Bags is driven by communities, for communities! It’s about raising awareness, connecting people, creating solutions and fostering sustainable behaviour.
Where did this idea originate from?
The umbrella organisation Boomerang Bags was started in Australia. Which is no real surprise! Their goal is to reduce the amount of single-use plastic and divert usable materials from the landfills of the world. It is free and accessible. With the encouragement for people to set up individual groups in their communities, was all it took for one to be established in Tauranga. Which happened in October 2016, with the start of the Tauranga branch of Boomerang Bags by Charlotte Manville.
The drive of not using single-use plastic bags is promoted actively by seeking out people from all walks of life to contribute their time to create bags via a “sewing bee”. This is where I believe a more passionate involvement in a fun way, begins in changing peoples habits and becoming more environmentally aware when doing our weekly shopping.
The Sewing Bee
Once introductions are done, it is back to work creating more bags. Each woman is involved in the various stages of bag making, from ironing, pinning, cutting to sewing. Next time I go along I have made a mental note to bring my reading glasses so I can use the sewing machines! I enjoyed my small involvement involving ironing and pinning.
There is no big speel about environmental issues or grandstanding.
More likely than not the chatter will be on a personal level about what is happening in the community and the different lives of those present. Now and again, someone will exclaim, “Oh, I love that fabric“, which will be extended to the story behind that bright oblong piece of fabric. Every bit of recycled fabric has a story.
How many of you have got to the supermarket and forgot your bags? Me, on numerous occasions. Well, if you happen to live around the Greerton, Mount and Papamoa areas you can head on over to one of their bins, pick up a bag and when you are next in town, drop it back in. Or the alternative would be to buy one via a donation.
So, where are these bins?
Located at the below locations:
Waipuna Hospice Charity Shop – Greerton Shopping Centre
Location: 1267 Cameron Road, 3112 Greerton, New Zealand
Plum Organics Papamoa
Location: Fashion Island, Gravatt Road, 3118 Papamoa
Ripcurl Mount Maunganui
Location: Shop 1, 138 Maunganui Road, 3116 Mount Maunganui
The buy “bought to support” bags can be found at ReStore in Papamoa.
Catch up with Boomerang Bags at the Little Big Market and various others around the area.
Don’t need a bag?
Then you may like to donate via boomerang bags – get involved these donations are used
“to start and support new and existing communities around the world, make boomerang bags, diverts fabric and plastic waste from landfill, keeps our sewing machines running, and our volunteers hydrated and happy”
Want to be actively engaged in a fun way and support the environment?
“Our Place”, is a funky dynamic place using shipping containers to house various retail, art, food, bar, good coffee and live music. Check it out next time you are in Tauranga.
If you happen to live in another part of the world, or not, drop the details of a similar organisation available for people to participate in, via a comment below.