Leederville group pitches ideas to re-use textiles


Bronwyn Harris wants to divert textile waste from landfill and turn it into reuseable bags.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d472500
Bronwyn Harris wants to divert textile waste from landfill and turn it into reuseable bags. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d472500

BRONWYN Harris and a group of Leederville young people will teach themselves to sew in order to keep textile waste from op shops away from landfill.

Ms Harris’s pitch for Boomerang Bags Foyer at the first Transition Town Vincent Neighbourhood Soup event in July won $1160 to get the project off the ground.

More than 115 people attended the event, paying $10 for soup and to hear pitches for four community projects.

“More than 500,000 tonnes of textile waste, items that are not in a saleable condition, goes to landfill in Australia every year; I want to turn it into re-usable bags,” Ms Harris said.

“They bags will be left at shops in the area, and if a shopper is without their own bag, they can borrow one of these re-usable ones and return it later.

“I understand that a lot of bags won’t come back, so this project would be ongoing.”

Ms Harris will get a helping hand from youth staying at Oxford Foyer.

“This project is completely youth-run. None of us knows how to sew, so we will all have to teach ourselves,” Ms Harris said.