Cubs learn about pol­lu­tion

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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 boomerang­bagshb@gmail.com

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED.

Boomerang Bags’ Lisa Ea­gle and Chris­tine McCluskey, back row, do­nated a re­us­able bag to each mem­ber of the Waipuku­rau Cubs on their re­cent visit.

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