Per­fect al­ter­na­tive to sin­gle-use plas­tic


Lau­ree Jones doesn’t class her­self as the plas­tic po­lice but she does want to make a dif­fer­ence - one re­us­able bag at a time.

By Christ­mas Jones, the Taranaki En­vi­roschools’ re­gional co­or­di­na­tor, hopes to launch the Boomerang Bag ini­tia­tive in Taranaki and she needs nee­dle-bear­ing re­cruits to help her cre­ate the re­us­able bags.

‘‘This is Taranaki En­vi­roschools’ ini­tia­tive to try to sup­port the elim­i­na­tion of sin­gle use plas­tic bags and so this is just one way of do­ing that,’’ she said. ‘‘We want to get them [Boomerang Bags] out in the com­mu­nity as well as en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to re­mem­ber their re-usuable bags.’’

Boomerang Bags are re­us­able bags that the com­mu­nity cre­ates, uses and shares - if they like.

‘‘It’s a lit­tle bit like tak­ing your own re­us­able cup to a cof­fee shop, get­ting it re­filled, or us­ing your own water bot­tle,’’ Jones said. ‘‘They’re all very sim­i­lar con­cepts.’’

How­ever, in or­der to get the bags ready and ac­ces­si­ble to the com­mu­nity by Christ­mas, Jones needs vol­un­teers.

‘‘It’s just about get­ting lo­cal schools and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to get on board with this - to start sewing for us, and ac­tu­ally just us­ing these bags,’’ she said. ‘‘What we’d love to have hap­pen­ing is all the bags sewn in the South Taranaki re­gion, stay in the South Taranaki re­gion. Same with the Strat­ford, and same with the New Ply­mouth area.’’

There is cur­rently no one in South or Coastal Taranaki who has of­fered a sewing hand. ‘‘They just need a sewing ma­chine or an over­locker and an iron, and time, and en­thu­si­asm and a smil­ing face,’’ Jones said.

Boomerang Bags started in Aus­tralia but has since spread world­wide. The orig­i­nal idea was to bor­row, and re­turn the hand­made bags, in­stead of us­ing sin­gle-use plas­tic bags.

‘‘But we’ve had a bit of feed­back that’s daunt­ing,’’ Jones said. ‘‘So what we thought was, well we’ll take away the pres­sure to­tally. We want peo­ple just to grab it, and just re­use it.’’

Jones said if any­one was will­ing to help, she’d send them a pat­tern, and the pock­ets with the logo on them. ‘‘Peo­ple can do it as a one off or they can do it over a long pe­riod of time.’’

If you’re in­ter­ested in help­ing with sewing, or do­nat­ing fab­ric, empty calf bags, or even wall­pa­per, con­tact Lau­ree via email at lau­ree.jones@en­vi­


Lau­ree Jones is look­ing for peo­ple to cre­ate, and use, the Taranaki En­vi­roschool Boomerang Bags.

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