McDell’s plastic bag mission
Jamie McDell is pushing to save our oceans, one plastic bag at a time.
The Kiwi singer and environmental campaigner is introducing a sustainability project to New Zealand to contribute toward saving our oceans from plastic pollution.
The inaugural Boomerang Bags Community Sewing Bee will be held at in Kohimarama to support McDell in making re-usable, fabric supermarket bags.
‘‘I extend an open invitation to people to either donate fabric or come with their fabric and join in the sewing bee,’’ she says.
‘‘I will be attending, helping out making the bags and I will be singing a few of my songs.’’
McDell says sewing experience or equipment is helpful but not essential and that volunteers for cutting, pinning, ironing, and stamping will be useful and there is no age restriction.
Second-hand material donations may include can be anything from curtains, blankets, pillowcases and sheets for making bags for carrying groceries.
Boomerang Bags operates in Australia and is a bag-share initiative involving the installation of a number of Boomerang Bag boxes in shopping centres.
The boxes are stocked with the re-useable bags for customers to borrow if they have forgotten to bring their own.
‘‘In Australia Boomerang Bags has made over 28,000 bags and replaced 14.2 million supermarket plastic bags. I would love to see Kiwis being innovative in reducing their use of plastic bags in this way too,’’ McDell says.
While McDell wants to save the oceans, she also understands how hard it is to avoid using plastic every day.
‘‘It is simple thingswe can do like not using plastic straws, and not accepting the plastic lid on the take-out coffee cup.
‘‘If we all choose not to use plastic straws, coffee cup lids and supermarket plastic bags we will be responsible for real change in the amount of pollution going into our oceans.’’
Previously this year McDell was partnered with charity Sustainable Coastlines to clean up beaches at Motuihe Island, and in 2015 she travelled to Australia with Contiki and the Surfrider Foundation as a spokesperson for the protection of oceans against pollution.
To donate fabric visit the black drop-off bins at 28 Ethel St, Sandringham or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
People can also bring fabric along to the sewing bee, August 7, 10.30 am-1.30 pm, Kohimarama Yacht Club, all welcome.
Jamie McDell holds one of the reusable Boomerang Bags