Cubs learn about pollution
Waipukurau Cubs had a visit from the women at Boomerang Bags as part of the cubs’ theme for the term: “Our World, Our Future”.
Lisa Eagle and Christine McCluskey travelled from Napier to host a lively discussion with the local cubs about the environmental impact of plastic and share ideas about sustainable habits, said group leader Jimmy McMillan.
“They also donated a bag to each cub, who promised to spread the word about Boomerang Bags Hawke’s Bay, in the hope of getting more shops and volunteers from CHB on board,” he said.
CHB retailers already participating in the scheme included Amarvia Blue and Buck’s Greengrocer in Waipukurau, and Waipawa Pharmacy, he said.
Boomerang Bags is a grassroots initiative aimed at reducing plastic pollution of single-use plastic bags by providing the public with reusable bags.
“Participating retailers volunteer to be distribution locations — anyone can walk into the distribution shop and grab a bag or more.
“They can even shop at other retailers and when they are back in town they simply return it to the shop they got it from, thereby ‘boomeranging’ them back,” she said. The community-based scheme initially started in Australia but was spreading globally as awareness of the plastic problem increased
“There are currently 750 communities, all sourcing surplus fabrics and enthusiastic sewers to produce thousands of these wonderful, one-off bags,” she said.
Individuals can help by donating second-hand materials such as linen, fabric offcuts, curtains and thread or by volunteering to help make bags. Search facebook.com/ BoomerangBagsHawkesBay or email email@example.com
Boomerang Bags’ Lisa Eagle and Christine McCluskey, back row, donated a reusable bag to each member of the Waipukurau Cubs on their recent visit.