Focus on Garfield
An initiative to reduce plastic waste in Inverloch has seen the Garfield community take their lead, with boomerang bags to be available in local businesses from today.
Boomerang bags aim to provide solutions to plastic pollution and foster sustainable behaviour through grassroots community engagement.
Volunteers from all walks of life get together to collect pre-loved fabric and turn it into reusable bags which are then circulated into the wider community.
About half a dozen volunteers have spent about three hours per week for the past month to get the project off the ground.
Project coordinator Helen Davey said a group of volunteers got started about a month ago following a suggestion from a community member who had seen the initiative in full swing in Inverloch.
“A local had picked up a bag at the IGA and we thought we’d give it a go,” she said.
“We started four weeks ago and we’ve done 100 bags so far.
“There’s been a lot happening behind the scenes with the craft group and an ex printer helps print the logos.
“We’ve had people sewing and people ironing.
“Nothing is bought new and the Op Shop is paying for the screen print. “They’re a high-quality fashion accessory.” The hard work has enabled the concept to get off the ground this week, with boomerang bags available in the post office, butchers and chemist from today.
It is hoped the project will eventually extend to the supermarket in Bunyip.
The bags will be available to the community free of charge, but people are encouraged to donate.
“It gets people talking about the plastic bag problem and we don’t want to be discouraging people from using it,” Ms Davey said.
“We have a donation box for charity and it has been decided to give the first lot to farmer relief.
“We encourage people to return them if they don’t want to use them anymore, share with someone else or keep using them.”
While the group still has enough material to keep them going for a while, Ms Davey said any donations would be gratefully received.
“We’ve still got a few rolls that will last us for a while, but we’re looking for cotton and material,” she said.
“We’re also looking for volunteers to help make the bags.”
Anyone interested in volunteering or assisting with donations can call into the Garfield Community Op Shop.
Launching the boomerang bags are, at back John Preston, front from left Margaret Dobson, Cathy Hurford, Narai Jung, Leanne Lock and Helen Davey.The bags will be available for use in select Garfield businesses today.