A NEW alternative to plastic bags made entirely out of recycled material is about to pop up in Fremantle.
Growers Green Markets manager Kylie Wheatley said she felt “disturbed” at the amount of plastic that was ending up either in landfill or worse, the ocean, and decided she wanted to do something about it.
Enter the Fremantle Boomerang Bag, locally made out of recycled fabric such as old bed sheets, pillow cases and even event flags donated by the City of Fremantle. It will be launched at the market this weekend just in time for the start of Plastic Free July.
Ms Wheatley said it not only helped the environment but also brought community members together.
“You can either make bags solo, join a nearby Boomerang Bags community, or get some friends together and start a group of your own,” she said.
“Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags; they can be given away to friends, family, colleagues, the bag-less stranger in front of you at the supermarket, they can be used to wrap presents in, or stashed in your car and handbag so that you’re never caught without a reusable bag when you need one.
“It might sound Freo folksy but unless we change our individual habits nothing will change because it’s consumers driving the use of plastic bags and it will be consumers who stop the need for them.”
Sewing bees are held at the Growers Green market every Sunday and Ecoburbia on Wednesday mornings.
Visit www.boomerangbags.org for more information.