Bagging plastic shopping bags
‘‘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.