Boomerang bags pass the 500 milestone

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

VOL­UN­TEERS gath­ered at Rain­bow Cafe on Tues­day to cel­e­brate 500 boomerang bags be­ing cir­cu­lated in the Air­lie Beach area.

Af­ter first be­ing in­tro­duced to Whit­sun­day stores three months ago, the en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly re­us­able bags are now stocked at five dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Big W, IGA Ju­bilee Pocket (which is now plas­tic free), Good­ness Gra­cious, Shirt­front So­lu­tions and Mas­ter Butch­ers.

Com­mu­nity vol­un­teers have been cre­at­ing the bags and Boomerang Bag Whit­sun­day founder Barb Adam­son said she couldn’t wait for the next milestone cel­e­bra­tion of the ini­tia­tive.

“It’s all about ed­u­cat­ing the com­mu­nity to take their own bags,” she said.

“If they don’t at the mo­ment, they’re tak­ing our bags, which they are sup­posed to bring back.

“That’s more than 500 (plas­tic) bags now that aren’t go­ing into the ocean or land­fill (be­cause of the boomerang bags).”

The morn­ing tea was spon­sored by the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil.

A State Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to ban sin­gle-use plas­tic bags is cur­rently on the agenda.

PHOTO: DANE LILLING­STONE

MILESTONE: Boomerang bag vol­un­teers cel­e­brate mak­ing more than 500 bags.

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