Boomerang Bags ban­ish­ing plas­tic

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Te Puke’s Boomerang Bag ini­tia­tive is off the ground.

Last week, the group’s first sewing bee at Te Puke High School was at­tended by 15 vol­un­teers who made 115 pock­ets, com­pleted three bags and cut fab­ric for many more.

The ini­tia­tive aims to re­duce the use of plas­tic bags by hav­ing bags made from re­cy­cled fab­ric avail­able around town as an al­ter­na­tive.

“A huge thank you to those that turned up for the first Boomerang Bags for Te Puke sewing bee,” says Karen McLaren, who is one of those be­hind the project in Te Puke, and who de­scribed it as a great start.

“Some of our vol­un­teers have taken home fab­ric to con­tinue through the month.

“We’d love to see others start to form their own sewing bees over time, and we’re happy to share the pat­terns and fab­ric to get you started.”

Karen says she would also like to en­cour­age more do­na­tions of fab­ric which can be dropped off at any of the char­ity shops, in bags la­belled Boomerang Bag Te Puke fab­ric.

“We thank every­one who has come for­ward so far and do­nated fabrics to the cause.”

Epic Te Puke’s mar­ket­ing man­ager Re­becca Larsen says the group is look­ing for four spon­sors to sup­port the set-up costs and first 1000-bag goal.

“We are happy to an­nounce that our first spon­sor to sup­port our Boomerang Bags for the Puke is Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd. We would also like to ac­knowl­edge and thank Te Puke Mitre 10 for sup­ply­ing us with stor­age bins and ma­te­ri­als.”

The hope is to set up dis­tri­bu­tion points through­out the town for peo­ple to use the bags when shop­ping.

The next sewing bee is sched­uled for June 28 at the high school sewing room.

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