Belles bag plas­tic bags

Kwinana Courier - - News -

RAIDING nanna’s sewing cabi­net has proved valu­able for CWA Baldivis Belles mem­bers as they re­pur­pose for­got­ten fab­rics from the ’70s in to reuse­able bags.

In sup­port of the statewide ban by the State Gov­ern­ment on sin­gle use plas­tic bags, the Belles have found the new ven­ture is help­ing to sup­port their char­i­ta­ble work.

Pres­i­dent Linda Tam­min said the bags fit as much as a plas­tic bag and a larger size is also avail­able.

“They are made from do­nated scraps of fab­ric; our first run had some pretty in­ter­est­ing de­signs on them, straight from the ’70s,” she said.

“It’s ac­tu­ally amaz­ing how much fab­ric was do­nated.

“As they are made from do­nated ma­te­ri­als, we can keep the cost down and each bag is just $5.

“They are sturdy and will be able to be reused over and over again.”

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby quickly snapped up two of bags, rather im­pressed by their de­sign.

“When I told the Baldivis Belles at a meet­ing sev­eral months ago that the gov­ern­ment was con­sid­er­ing a ban, there was a spon­ta­neous cheer,” he said.

“The Belles ob­vi­ously see a great op­por­tu­nity to sell their beau­ti­fully hand­made cot­ton shop­ping bags made from re­cy­cled ma­te­rial.

“Th­ese bags look great and are a lot more sturdy than a flimsy one-use plas­tic bag. Put a load of heavy cans in th­ese and there’s no way the han­dles will rip off like the plas­tic ones.”

He urged peo­ple to sup­port the Belles with their ven­ture and said if peo­ple be­gan now, they would eas­ily form a habit.

“Buy a cou­ple and leave them in your car,” he said. “You will be sup­port­ing a wor­thy cause and they are Aus­tralian made.

“I’m prob­a­bly as bad as any­one when it comes to us­ing free plas­tic bags when I do the shop­ping but once the change hap­pens, it’s just a mat­ter of get­ting used to it and be­ing pre­pared by hav­ing a few carry bags with you in the car.”

IGA Na­tional Re­tailer Coun­cil chair Ian Ashcroft said IGA was com­mit­ted to the ban.

“IGA re­tail­ers na­tion­ally have com­mit­ted to be­ing sin­gle use light­weight shop­ping bag free by June 20, 2018,” he said.

IGA Baldivis man­ager Josh Rock with Linda Tam­min, Reece Whitby and Belles mem­bers in the back­ground.

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