Melville volunteers making Boomerang Bags to make sure plastic doesn’t came back

Rosemary Tweedie, IGA Owner Jack Keeley and Jacquie Barnes.
Rosemary Tweedie, IGA Owner Jack Keeley and Jacquie Barnes.

THE ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags is just months away, but a grassroots movement is already working to fill the void.

Boomerang Bags are made using recycled materials and provide a free, sustainable alternative to the conventional plastic option.

Rosemary Tweedie helps co-ordinate Melville volunteers who have taken up the movement.

They meet each week to sew new bags which are available at IGAs in Willagee and Winthrop.

Ms Tweedie said the bags had grown in popularity, with the team barely able to keep up with demand.

“It’s really simple to be involved in and part of a gradual change in habits and attitudes,” she said.

Ms Tweedie met Jacquie Barns from Winthrop Gardens Supa IGA when she was looking at venues to distribute the bags.

Just by chance, Ms Barns and her family had been looking at new sustainability initiatives for their store.

“I thought it was an awesome idea we could get involved in and actually make,” Ms Barns said.

“It’s a personal thing for the family.

“It’s the little things you can do to make a difference.”From July 1, retailers will not be able to supply lightweight single-use plastic bags to customers.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the move was widely supported by the community and industry and was a win for the environment.

Boomerang Bags Willagee is looking for donations and volunteers.

For information, search for them on Facebook or visit

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