Bag­ging plas­tic shop­ping bags

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘Bor­row, wash, and re­turn.’’

Car­ry­ing Our Fu­ture’s new reusable bag de­posit scheme is com­ing to Ge­orge St.

Trained by the team at Su­per­Grans and from the Vol­un­teer Re­source Cen­tre, a group of Car­ry­ing Our Fu­ture vol­un­teers will be run­ning Fri­day morn­ing drop-in ses­sions at City Li­brary teach­ing any­one who wants to know how to make a reusable shop­ping bag.

Cre­ated from do­nated ma­te­rial, the bags will be stored in a wooden ‘bag box’ courtesy of Men­zshed’s David Chap­ple, at the li­brary’s Ge­orge St en­trance from May.

If shop­pers for­get to bring a reusable bag to town, they can bor­row one from the bag box, use it, wash it and re­turn it to the box.

The ‘bor­row, wash, and re­turn’ ini­tia­tive has been suc­cess­fully tried and tested in Aus­tralia.

Car­ry­ing Our Fu­ture’s Dr Trisia Far­relly says its an­other step to­ward as­sist­ing Ge­orge St to be the first sin­gle-use plas­tic bag free street in New Zealand.

Trisia says the group is still look­ing for do­nated ma­te­rial, and will have up to five sewing ma­chines for use dur­ing the work­shops. The li­brary drop-in ses­sions are Fri­days 10am – noon, April 1, 8 and 22..

Car­ry­ing Our Fu­ture ran a Sin­gle-Use Plas­tic Bag Free Fo­rum at Massey in De­cem­ber.

This at­tracted de­sign­ers, en­gi­neers, politi­cians, con­sul­tants, an econ­o­mist, and stu­dents from as far afield as Auck­land and Dunedin.

The out­come has been the pro­posed es­tab­lish­ment of a New Zealand Prod­uct Ste­ward­ship Coun­cil.

A doc­u­men­tary film is cur­rently be­ing made on Car­ry­ing Our Fu­ture which will be used as a tool to in­form oth­ers how to re­spond at com­mu­nity level.

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