One month to sew 1000 reusable bags
A local not-for-profit group is trying to create a ‘‘cloth bag economy’’ for grocery shopping.
GeckoBag NZ aims to sew 1000 reusable bags by February 1.
Once it’s reached its target it wants to get the reusable shopping bags into supermarkets where they could be loaned to shoppers for a small fee.
GeckoBag NZ founder Anna Cohen said the idea behind the cloth bag economy came from her frustration at always forgetting reusable bags when she went shopping.
‘‘I am adamant about reducing waste so I would either juggle the food nearly dropping it all or I would buy another reusable bag.
‘‘I had 20 store-bought reusable bags building up in my cupboard and my gorgeous homemade ones were not seeing the light of day.
‘‘I thought wouldn’t it be great if we could return them and get a refund.’’
Cohen has about 50 people sewing for the deadline and people are popping up every day to donate their bags.
‘‘I’m really enthusiastic as we build momentum.’’
A friend of hers asked her why she didn’t just order 1000 bags from China and get started, but she said that missed the point.
‘‘It won’t work unless we have the community working with it and getting behind it.’’
Once the target is reached, the next step will be to get them into stores.
Then when a shopper forgets their bags they can buy one, use it and then return it and claim part of their money back.
Cohen estimates the bags will cost shoppers $1, and 50c will be reimbursed on return, while the other 50c will be split between GeckoBags and to the store holding the bags.
The economy won’t be exclus-
It’s also after donations of fabric, scissors, thread or old sewing machines.
‘‘If people want to get involved they’re more than welcome.’’
Cohen hasn’t decided which grocers will hold the bags yet, but is planning to contact small to mid-size stores.
Gecko Bag NZ founder Anna Cohen hard at work. The aim is to sew 1000 reusable bags by February 1.