McDell’s plas­tic bag mis­sion

Auckland City Harbour News - - SITUATIONS VACANT - MARY FITZGER­ALD

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 boomerang­bagsnz@gmail.com.

Peo­ple can also bring fab­ric along to the sewing bee, Au­gust 7, 10.30 am-1.30 pm, Ko­hi­marama Yacht Club, all wel­come.

MARY FITZGER­ALD / FAIR­FAX NZ

Jamie McDell holds one of the re­us­able Boomerang Bags

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