Bids to cut thou­sands of plas­tic bags

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News -

SWITCH­ING to cloth shop­ping bags would save thou­sands of plas­tic bags be­ing used each week in Bridgetown alone, ac­cord­ing to pro­po­nents of the ‘boomerang bags’ project.

For sus­tain­abil­ity ad­vo­cate Chris­tine Ash­bil and like-minded lo­cals and com­mu­nity groups, the chal­lenge is now to make enough cloth bags to get started.

Mrs Ash­bil told a se­niors group at Sil­ver Chain in Bridgetown on Fri­day the aim was to make 3000 bags.

Th­ese would be avail­able at su­per­mar­kets and other re­tail out­lets for shop­pers to pick up, use and re­turn – like a boomerang, it’s im­por­tant that the bags go back.

Ide­ally the cloth bags would re­place the es­ti­mated 25,000 plas­tic bags used each week in town, Mrs Ash­bil said.

The IGA su­per­mar­ket has given the group $600 to­wards the boomerang bags project and is keen to see it get off the ground as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We use 10,000 plas­tic bags a week and it would be good to re­duce that,” man­ager Jody Drew told the Man­jimup-Bridgetown Times.

Mrs Ash­bil said the project was a timely en­cour­age­ment to make a change, par­tic­u­larly with the State Gov­ern­ment con­sid­er­ing ban­ning plas­tic bags out­right.

“Ob­vi­ously what we re­ally want to do is to ed­u­cate peo­ple to bring their own bags, but this is a re­ally kind, eco-fem­i­nist way of go­ing about it,” she said.

Sewing work­shops held at the Bridgetown Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and else­where have so far pro­duced 75 bags but many more are needed.

Mrs Ash­bil said any­one keen to get in­volved should con­tact the cen­tre or call her, or join the Bridgetown Boomerang Bags Mak­ers Group on Face­book for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Chris­tine Ash­bil, her daugh­ter Lil­ian, 9, and Sam Mills dis­play some of the boomerang bags made by lo­cals dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at Sil­ver Chain on Fri­day.

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