There are lots of initiatives to help our planet, to contribute positively to our environment, to reduce wastes and to reuse resources because our Earth is not very well. With the almost daily climate change related news on TV and radio, don't we all want to do something within our realm? From Plastic Free July to Meet Free Monday, Earth Hour to Zero Waste, different people adopt different movements in their life to help out. Among all these actions, Boomerang Bags is something that you may want to sign up as there are a few good things with this special movement that are good for both the environment and yourself.
Boomerang Bags in the making. Look Adelaide on the label.
Let me quote what the Boomerang Bags have to say about themselves - "Boomerang Bags is a global, grassroots movement connecting and empowering local communities to tackle plastic pollution at its source". Started in 2013 in the east coast of Australia, Boomerang Bags has now spread to over 800 locations. The concept is simple – use reusable bags instead of single use plastic bags. Volunteers make beautiful tote bags for community to reuse hoping to break the cycle of dependencies of plastic bags.
We in South Australia are very lucky people that our State Government has banned the single use plastic bags for about a decade. Many of us have accustomed to bringing our own bags. However, there is a more beautiful alternative – the Boomerang bags which also spread positive messages to our community that we care about our environment & sustainability and we support our local community.
Boomerang Bags Adelaide meets regularly at the Joinery in the Adelaide CBD and at Campbelltown. The regular meeting is not just for a social conversation. They meet to make bags. From cutting and ironing fabric to sewing bags, lots of actions are happening during their regular meetings. Sewing is no longer a solo activity if you bring your sewing machine or your rotary cutter and mat to join in. If you don't have any equipment, just bring yourself. If you have fabric or even old curtains or sheets preferably cotton, you are welcomed to donate for this great cause. If you are new to sewing and interested to help out, their volunteers are happy to show you how to make your own Boomerang Bags.
Boomerang Bags Adelaide just celebrated their second birthday with a delicious lunch gathering.
There are also less regular working bees from groups starting out or trying out the idea of making bags. If you would like to receive their monthly newsletter with the list of forthcoming working bees and other events they are participating in, please register at this link. Their locally handmade bags are also available for purchase from The Fabulous Scavenger in Tranmere, The Pear in Alberton and now The Foodprint Experience at the Joinery in Franklin Street, Adelaide.
At the time of the writing, a lady is starting a Boomerang Bags group in Victor Harbour. Don't live in Adelaide? Why not start your own group in your area? You can contribute to the environment in your own way as well as meet some like-minded people and make some new friends at the same time.