Cockburn: Assisting Your Life to Achieve encourages shoppers to get behind bag ban


Armando Afonso, from Assisting Your Life to Achieve, with volunteers. Picture: Jon Hewson    d481961
Armando Afonso, from Assisting Your Life to Achieve, with volunteers. Picture: Jon Hewson d481961

COCKBURN non-profit organisation Assisting Your Life to Achieve is encouraging shoppers to get behind its ‘Ban the Bag’ initiative ahead of the statewide plastic bag ban on July 1.

It has created more than 3000 reusable bags using clothing and materials and founder Scott Johnson said he was very proud of his volunteers.

“AYLA has created four simple templates which members of our community follow to create reusable bags using clothing/materials which are less desirable and not to standard to give to those in need, or sell in our charity market place, Directly Impacting Our Nation,” he said.

“The volunteers creating these work on site in our sewing room or they can collect the material and work from home.

“We’ve also partnered up with Boronia Pre-release Centre for Women by loaning three sewing machines and providing them with the materials, such as linen, bed sheets, towels, T-shirts, singlets and jeans shorts, to enable inmates to help with this wonderful project.”

The organisation has created thousands of bags in less than six months and Mr Johnson said it was always looking for more volunteers and support.

“I’m very proud of their achievements,” he said.

“We are continuously seeking more volunteers to create bags and also companies to replace contracts formerly made with plastic bag companies.

“Not only is this economically effective, reducing, reusing and recycling, but all profits made go into projects we run throughout the community aiding those in need or who are less fortunate.”

The bags will be rolled out to stores across the City of Cockburn in the coming months.

For details, call 9414 7286 or email projects@aylainc.org.au.

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