Boomerang Bags: Noranda and Bayswater residents helping transition from plastic to reusable bags with workshop


Rachael Roberts (co-ordinator at Environment House, Bayswater), Leh Miin Tan (admin manager Bayswater Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank) and Sally Bagley (founder Boomerang Bags Noranda and Surrounds). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d482066
Rachael Roberts (co-ordinator at Environment House, Bayswater), Leh Miin Tan (admin manager Bayswater Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank) and Sally Bagley (founder Boomerang Bags Noranda and Surrounds). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d482066

A NORANDA resident and Environment House in Bayswater are looking to help people transition into the State Government’s single use plastic bag ban through recycled fabric bags.

Boomerang Bags Noranda and Surrounds founder Sally Bagley and Environment House will host a Learn to Sew Your Own Boomerang Bag workshop at the Noranda Family Centre on May 19 from 1pm-3pm.

Ms Bagley gathers recycled fabric from the community for people to sew them into bags, as part of the global Boomerang Bags movement which has more than 600 registered communities around the world.

The workshop is supported by Bayswater and Noranda Bendigo Community Bank.

Ms Bagley, of Noranda, said she would provide cut-up donated materials include sheets, quilts and curtains and teach people how to sew them into a bag at the workshop.

“It is an easy and free transition because of the part where you don’t have to be bulked down by the 15c bags which are really just thicker plastic, which I like to avoid,” she said.

“They can see how simple it is so they can use it for 20 or 30 years instead of two minutes.”

She called on people to donate more materials, sewing machines, needles, cotton and repair services.

Environment House co-ordinator Rachael Roberts said she hoped to see about 25 people attend the workshop, which aimed to promote reusing recycled bags.

“A lot of people have not accepted yet but there is going to be a change and our job is to make it as easy as possible,” she said.

“At the moment, we are looking at having more plastic than fish in 2050… so, the human race can avoid that starting in Bayswater.”

Bendigo Bank Bayswater branch admin manager Leh Miin Tan said the bank, Environment House and Boomerang Bags would also have a joint stall at the upcoming Maylands Street Festival.

To register, visit envirohouse.org.au or on the Environment House Facebook page.

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