Bids to cut thousands of plastic bags
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.
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.