The Wanaka Bag has lift off

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‘‘This is your chance to make a dif­fer­ence’’

The Wanaka Bag will be launched on Pledge Me on Septem­ber 1.

Plas­tic Bag Free Wanaka is re­leas­ing 200 lim­ited edi­tions of the bag to raise funds for the on­go­ing com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion of 1000 cot­ton bags.

Llim­ited edi­tions will be avail­able for up to 40 days.

Plas­tic Bay Free Wanaka chair­woman Anna van Riel said the 200 lim­ited edi­tion bags would be made by community sewing bees us­ing do­nated ma­te­ri­als.

‘‘If you love our beau­ti­ful town and want to see plas­tic lit­ter re­duced, this is your chance to make a dif­fer­ence,’’ she said.

Re­us­able cof­fee cups and drink bottles are also for sale.

The group wants to raise enough money to dis­trib­ute The Wanaka Bag through shops.

Van Riel has been over­whelmed by community sup­port since post­ing on Face­book about her dis­il­lu­sion­ment with plas­tic shop­ping bags.

‘‘It’s re­ally hum­bling, and it’s re­ally shown me that peo­ple are sick of dis­pos­able plas­tic and want to do some­thing to stop plas­tic pol­lu­tion.’’

Adam & Eve Bak­ery back room, 54 Reece Cres­cent, Wanaka, Satur­day Septem­ber 3, 1pm-4pm and Thurs­day Septem­ber 8, 6pm-9pm.

ask about sewing at home or sell­ing the bags in Wanaka stores.

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