Boomerangs cir­cu­late the com­mu­nity

Taupo Times - - TAUPO¯ GOOD SORT - TAMARA THORN

A Taupo¯ woman’s good deeds has cir­cled back around and landed in her lap in the form of a gift bas­ket.

Sarah De­lany is this month’s Har­courts Taupo¯ Good Sort - an ini­tia­tive sup­ported by Har­courts, The Mer­chant and Taupo¯ Times. She wins a gift bas­ket from The Mer­chant.

De­lany is pas­sion­ate about get­ting rid of plas­tic bags so she de­cided to bring the Aus­tralian con­cept of re­us­able bags - Boomerang Bags - to Taupo¯ .

Now, vol­un­teers from all walks of life gather to­gether or work away at home to make the reuse­able Boomerang Bags, us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als as an al­ter­na­tive to plas­tic bags.

She said mak­ing the bags was also prov­ing to be a good way to start con­ver­sa­tions, make friends, up-cy­cle ma­te­ri­als and work to­wards shift­ing so­ci­ety’s way of think­ing about plas­tic bags.

De­lany said plas­tic bags were dam­ag­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and the ini­tia­tive helped peo­ple make the tran­si­tion to re­us­able bags by giv­ing them out to the com­mu­nity.

Some lo­cal re­tail­ers have also com­mit­ted to stop­ping the use of plas­tic bags, like Re­plete Cafe, Kefi, Raw Bal­ance, Pateke video shop, Taupo¯ Toy Li­brary and most re­cently the Taupo¯ Mar­ket.

They are now us­ing Boomerang Bags for their cus­tomers.

De­lany said there was now more than 1000 Boomerang Bags in cir­cu­la­tion in Taupo¯ and the goal is to get at least one bag into ev­ery house­hold.

Some­thing she said is is now look­ing like an achiev­able goal.

There is about 40-60 peo­ple ac­tively sewing to help make the re­us­able bags.

Mela Her­bert is one of those. She said it would not be pos­si­ble with­out their main spon­sors Fon­terra and Creative Arts Taupo¯, along with do­na­tions of fab­ric and time from the com­mu­nity.

She said ev­ery­one mak­ing Boomerang Bags are pas­sion­ate about the cause and the re­duc­tions of plas­tic that is drown­ing out coun­try.

‘‘It has taken a while to get things started but is is grow­ing nicely,’’ she said.

The bag de­signs are sim­ple, easy to make and sturdy. No two bags are the same.

Some come with pock­ets and some come with zips and their are bags suit­able for men and women.

Mayor David Tre­wavas said this is a timely pro­posal and is an ex­cel­lent idea.

HAR­COURTS TAUPO

Har­courts Good Sort Award. Nom­i­na­tion forms can be found at the Taupo¯ Times, Har­courts, and The Mur­chant.

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